PI 3560 ''Schooldays'' b/w ''Gonna Be Waiting'' by Charlie Rich issued.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays on concerts in Alabama, Georgia and Texas.
EARLY MAY 1960
Neil Sedaka ends tour of Japan and begins a tour of the Philippines.
MAY 1, 1960 SUNDAY
U.S. pilot Gary Powers, flying a reconnaissance mission over the U.S.S.R., is shot down and captured by the Soviets. The U.S. government's initial claim that the U-2 was a civilian craft
is contradicted by Power's confession while in custody. President Eisenhower shortly announces the suspension of spy flights over the U.S.S.R.
The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration approves the use of the first oral contraceptive for women.
Ernest Tubb and his second wife, Olene, have a fifth child Karen Delene Tibb.
Chicago radio station WLS adopts a rock and roll format, a day after ''The WLS Barn Dance'' hat its final broadcast.
Johnny Horton performs ''Sink The Bismarck'' on CBS-TV's ''The Ed Sullivan Show'' from New York.
MAY 2, 1960 MONDAY
Elvis Presley begins filming ''G.I. Blues'', where he plays soldier Tulsa McLean.
Convected sex offender Caryl Chessman
is executed at San Quentin. Fellow inmate Merle Haggard, who communicated with him during a stay in isolation, knows Chessman is dead when he sees a puff of smoke go up from the Death Row chimney.
Stonewall Jackson recorded ''A Little Guy Galled Joe''.
MAY 3, 1960 TUESDAY
Gene Vincent performs at the Liverpool Stadium in England. In attendance, future Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
George Hamilton IV recorded
''Before This Day Ends'' at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
Charlie Rich sings "Lonely Weekends" on American Bandstand.
MAY 4, 1960 WEDNESDAY
This afternoon on American Bandstand, Dick Clark visits Bobby Rydell at home.
Ricky Nelson sings "Young Emotions" and "Right By My Side" on this evenings episode of ABC-TV's "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Roy Drusky recorded ''Anymore''.
MAY 5, 1960 THURSDAY
Jim Reeves recorded ''I Know One'' and ''I Missed Me'' in an evening session
at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.
MAY 6, 1960 FRIDAY
Sam Cooke is at
the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. for a week. The Platters open for two weeks at Fack's No. 2 Club in San Francisco.
Elvis Presley recorded four songs for the ''G.I.
Blues'' soundtrack at Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, California. One of the songs, ''Pocketful Of Rainbows'', also appears in the Tom Cruise movie ''Jerry Maguire''.
MAY 7, 1960 SATURDAY
Elvis Presley shares the cover of TV Guide with Frank Sinatra.
MAY 8, 1960 SUNDAY
The Browns perform ''The Old Lamplighter'' from New York during an installment of CBS-TV's ''The Ed Sullivan Show''.
MAY 9, 1960 MONDAY
Decca released Bill Anderson's ''The Tip Of My Fingers''.
G.D. Searle and Co. receives approval from the Food and Drug Administration for the contraceptive pill Enovid. Fifteen years later, it leads to a controversial Loretta Lynn country hit,
Everly Brothers tour Australia for a week. Paul Anka begins a week at Blinstrub's in Boston.
Frankie Avalon is appearing at the Twin Coaches Supper Club in Philadelphia.
MAY 10, 1960 TUESDAY
The singles, PI 3555 ''South Of The Border'' b/w ''I'm Coming Home'' by Carl Mann and PI 3556 ''Jo Ann'' b/w ''Honey Bee'' by Don Hinton issued.
Clanton and Roy Orbison begin their tour at the Jolla Club in Tucson. Arizona. Wanda Jackson begins six days in Las Vegas.
Paul Hewson, better known as U2 vocalist Bono,
is born in Dublin, Ireland. A friend of Johnny Cash, he recorded ''Dream With Tears In My Eyes'' for the 1997 album ''The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute''.
Gene Vincent returns to England to resume tour cut short by the taxi accident. Ricky Nelson sings "Ain't Nothing But Love" on The Adventures of Ozzie and
Jerry Butler is a special guest on American Bandstand.
MID MAY 1960
Billy Ward has reformed the Dominoes and the are playing the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas.
in Hollywood finishing his latest film High Time and then will start North To Alaska with John Wayne. Frankie Avalon is appearing at the Casino Royale in Washington.
Perkins is booked for a week into the Flame Theater in Minneapolis.
MAY 12, 1960 THURSDAY
Presley in a six-minute appearance in the taping of ''The Frank Sinatra Timex Special'' at Miami's Fontainbleau Hotel, performing ''Fame And Fortune'' and ''Stuck On You''. He harmonizes with Frank Sinatra ''Love Me Tender/Witchcraft''.
Hank Snow recorded ''Miller's Cave'', written by Jack Clement, during an afternoon session at Nashville's RCA Studio B.
''The Ford Show'', starring Tennessee Ernie Ford and Molly Bee, welcomes guests Johnny Cash and Homer and Jethro.
The San Diego school district demands
''Gotta Travel On'' author Pete Seeger agree to not make anti-government statements during a concert two days later. Seeger refuses to sign the agreement, a court rules the show must go on.
MAY 13, 1960 FRIDAY
Gid Tanner dies in Dacula, Georgia. The singer, fiddler and banjo player began making records in 1924 as a leader of the string
band The Skillet Lickers'', making him one of country's recording pioneers.
Freddy Fender is arrested for possession of marijuana in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He spends
the next three years in Louisiana's Angola State Prison.
To answer Hank Locklin's ''Please Help Me, I'm Falling'', Skeeter Davis recorded ''(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling
Actress Julianne Phillips is born in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She marries Bruce Springsteen in 1985. During their four-year marriage, Springsteen's ''Stand On It''
becomes a country hit for Mel McDaniel.
MAY 16, 1960 MONDAY
Alan Freed moves
from WCBS in New York to KDAY in Los Angeles. His six day a week show will earn him $25,000.
Decca released Lewis Pruitt's ''Softly And Tenderly (I'll Hold You In My
MAY 17, 1960 TUESDAY
Fats Domino is in Dallas at the Memorial Auditorium.
Bobby Freeman appears on American Bandstand.
TV executive and artist manager Simon Fuller is born in Hasting, England. The creator of ''American Idol'', he signs Carrie
Underwood and Kellie Pickler to management deals with his company, 19 Entertainment.
MAY 19, 1960 THURSDAY
Annette appears at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
The Drifters recorded the original version of ''Save The Last Dance For Me''. It subsequently becomes
a country hit four times, for Jerry Lee Lewis (Sun 367) in 1961, for Buck Owens in 1962, for Emmylou Harris in 1979, and for Dolly Parton in 1984.
MAY 20, 1960 FRIDAY
Sam Cooke is at the Tivoli Theater in Chicago along with the Flamingos and the Crests.
MAY 21, 1960
Mark Dinning, Jimmy Clanton, Neil Sedaka and the Sentimentals appear ABC-TV's The Dick Clark Show.
MAY 23, 1960 MONDAY
The Biggest Show Of Stars for 1960 plays the Greystone Ballroom in Detroit.
Don Gibson recorded ''(I'd Be) A Legend In My Time'' and ''Far, Far Away'' late at night at Nashville's RCA Studio B. ''Legend In My Time'' is destined to become a hit for Ronnie Milsap almost 15 years later.
MAY 24, 1960 TUESDAY
Ferlin Husky recorded ''Wings Of A Dove''.
Two years after he last produced a country hit for Marty Robbins, Mitch Miller debuts the bouncing ball at the bottom of the screen on NBC-TV's ''Ford Startime''. The following January, his karaoke concept becomes
a series, ''Sing Along With Mitch''.
MAY 25, 1960 WEDNESDAY
Joe Bennett and
the Sparkletones are American Bandstand's musical guests. Ricky Nelson sings "Ain't Nothing But Love" on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
MAY 26, 1960 FRIDAY
Bobby Vee sings "What Do you Want" on American Bandstand.
MAY 27, 1960 SATURDAY
Jackie Wilson headlines the Apollo Theater for the coming week.