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1960 SESSIONS (4)
April 1, 1960 to April 30, 1960

Studio Session for Dickey Lee, April 20, 1963 / Dot Records

1960 SESSIONS (5)
May 1, 1960 to May 31, 1960

Studio Session for Charlie Rich, May 27, 1960 / Sun Records

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APRIL 1960

The singles, 3553 ''The Eleventh Commandment'' b/w ''Handsome Man'' by Barbara Pittman and PI 3554 ''Cloudy'' b/w ''Partly Cloudy'' by Brad Suggs issued.

The extended play Sun SEP 117 ''So Doggone Lonesome'' by Johnny Cash issued.

APRIL 1, 1960 FRIDAY

Carl Dobkins is released from the Ohio National Guard. Louis Jordan, the Four Tops and Lenny Welch are at the Apollo Theater for a week.

APRIL 2, 1960 SATURDAY

Bless their little pea-pickin' magazine, Tennessee Ernie Ford is featured on the cover of TV Guide.

Jimmy C. Newman recorded ''A Lovely Work Of Art'' during an afternoon session at Nashville's Bradley Recording Studio.

Buck Owens sings ''Above And Beyond'' on ABC's ''Jubilee USA''.

APRIL 3, 1960 SUNDAY

The Everly Brothers begin a three weeks in England with a concert at the New Victoria Theater in London.

Elvis Presley recorded "It's Now Or Never" at the Nashville's RCA Studio B, and is a ballad recorded by Elvis Presley and published by Gladys Music, Elvis Presley's publishing company, in 1960. It is one of two popular songs based on the Italian song ''O Solo Mio'' (music by Eduardo di Capua), the other being "There's No Tomorrow", recorded by U.S. singer Toni Martin in 1949, which inspired Presley's version. The lyrics were written by Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold. The single is the second best-selling single by Presley, and one of the best-selling singles of all time.

In the late 1950s, while stationed in West Germany with the U.S. Army, Presley heard Martin's recording. According to The New York Times, quoting from the 1986 book Behind The Hits, "he told the idea to his music publisher, Freddie Bienstock, who was visiting him in Germany. Mr. Bienstock, who many times found songwriters for Presley, returned to his New York office, where he found songwriters, Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold, the only people in that day. The two wrote lyrics in half an hour. Selling more than 20 million records, the song became number one in countries all around and was Presley's best selling single ever, a song [they] finished in 20 minutes to a half hour was the biggest song of [their] career''.

In 1960, "It's Now or Never" was a number-one record in the United States, spending five weeks at number one and the U.K., where it spent eight weeks at the top in 1960 and an additional week at number one in 2005 as a re-issue, and numerous other countries, selling in excess of 25 million copies worldwide, Elvis Presley's biggest international single ever. Its British release was delayed for some time because of rights issues, allowing the song to build up massive advance orders and to enter the UK Singles Chart at number one, a very rare occurrence at the time. "It's Now or Never" peaked at number seven on the rhythm and blues charts.

A live version featuring "'O Sole Mio" is available on the 1977 live album ''Elvis In Concert''. "'O Sole mio" is sung by tenor Sherrill Nielson.

In early 2005, the song was re-released along with the other Presley singles in the UK, and again reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for the week of 5 February 2005. The song also appears in the TV mini-series ''Elvis''.

APRIL 4, 1960 MONDAY

Jimmie Rodgers begins two weeks at the Cave Supper Club in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Elvis Presley recorded Are You Lonesome Tonight'' and ''Such A Night'' at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

Billboard magazine reports that RCA has become the first record label to release pop singles in stereo.

Warner Bros. released The Everly Brothers' pop hit ''Cathy's Clown''. Reba McEntire reinvents it as a country single in 1989.

APRIL 6, 1960 WEDNESDAY

Guitarist Warren Haynes is born in Asheville, North Caroline. A member of The Allman Brothers Band and a founder of Gov't Mule, he co-writes the Garth Brooks hit ''Two Of A Kind, Working On A Full House''.

EARLY APRIL 1960

Bill Haley and His Comets are on a four week tour of Mexico.

APRIL 8, 1960 FRIDAY

Lenny Welch begins two days at the Safari Club in Long Island, New York. Brook Benton opens at the Regal in Chicago.

John Schneider is born in Mount Kisco, New York. He portrays Bo Duke on the TV series ''The Dukes Of Hazzard'', then shifts into a country career that nets 10 Top 10 hits, including ''I've Been Around Enough'' and ''County Girls''.

RCA released ''Elvis Is Back'' ( RCA Victor LPM/LSP-2231) , Elvis Presley's first album since he was discharged from the Army, and is the tenth studio album by Elvis Presley. It was released on RCA Victor in mono and stereo in April 1960. Recorded over two sessions in March and April, the album marked Presley's return to recording. ''Elvis Is Back''! topped the Album Chart and reached number two in Billboard Top LPs. Initially, the release received mixed reviews, but over subsequent years its critical reception became progressively more positive. The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999.

Lewis Pruitt recorded ''Softly And Tenderly (I'll Hold You In My Arms)''.

APRIL 9, 1960 SATURDAY

Elvis Presley embarks on a $4,000 shopping spree in donwtown Memphis. Among his purchases, a diamond necklace for girlfriend Anita Wood.

Brenda Lee sings ''Jambalaya (On The Bayou)'' during ABC's ''Jubilee USA''.

APRIL 9, 1960 SATURDAY

Dion and the Belmonts sing "Where And When" and "When You Wish Upon A Star'' on The Dick Clark Show.

APRIL 10, 1960 SUNDAY

The Everly Brothers appear on ATV program Sunday Night at the Palladium in London, England.

APRIL 12, 1960 TUESDAY

Jackie Wilson appears at the Fountainbleau in Miami Beach, Florida.

APRIL 13, 1960 WEDNESDAY

Johnny Tillotson sings "Earth Angel" and "Pledging My Love" on American Bandstand. Bobby Darin appears for a week at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach. Tickets are $3.50 to $5.00.

APRIL 14, 1960 THURSDAY

Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan recorded together for the first time in 12 years.

APRIL 15, 1960 FRIDAY

The annual Easter Revue begins at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, New York. Limiting it to the more polished acts, Dr. Jive's Rhythm and Blues Revue opens across town at the Apollo with hot acts.

MID APRIL 1960

Johnny and the Hurricanes are touring the Midwest. The movie ''Because Their Your'' with Dick Clark starring as a high school teacher is released.

APRIL 16, 1960 SATURDAY

The latest edition of The Biggest Show Of Stars for 60 first stop is at the Municipal Auditorium in Norfolk, Virginia. Bill Black's Combo performing "White Silver Sands" appears on the Dick Clark Show along with Jack Scott, Jan and Dean and Bobby Rydell.

Eddie Cochran performs ''Summertime Blues'' live for the final time in Bristol, England, where he shares a concert bill with Gene Vincent. Cochran dies the following day in an automobile accident.

APRIL 17, 1960 SUNDAY

A car taken Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent to the London Airport crashes, killing Cochran, breaking Vincent's collarbone and breaking ''Poor Little Fool'' songwriter Sharon Sheeley's pelvis.

APRIL 17, 1960 SUNDAY

Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran end their twelve week tour of the British Isles with a week at the Hippodrome Theater in Bristol. While riding in a taxi after the show an accident occurs and Cochran sustains head and internal injuries. He dies sixteen hours later.

APRIL 18, 1960 MONDAY

Bobby Rydell appears on CBS-TV's "Father Knows Best''.

Elvis Presley heads to Hollywood via train from Memphis do his first post-service movie, ''G.I. Blues''.

''The Kingston Trio'' album goes gold, nearly one year after its best-known song, ''Tom Dooley'', earned a Grammy for Best Country and Western Performance.

Decca released Ernie Ashworth's ''Each Moment (Spent With You)''.

Attracts 100,000 at the "Ban The Bomb" Rally on April 18th in London CND is still an outspoken organization against nuclear, chemical or biological weapons but following the end of the cold war and agreements by the super powers to limit nuclear arms proliferation public support is not as strong as it was.

APRIL 19, 1960 TUESDAY

Jimmy Davis wins the governorship of Louisiana, defeating Republican Francis Grevemberg, taking nearly 82% of the vote.

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Session Published for Historical Reasons

STUDIO SESSION FOR DICKEY LEE (DICKEY LIPSCOMB)
FOR DOT RECORDS 1960

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: APRIL 20, 1960
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – SAM C. PHILLIPS

No Details

01 - ''LIFE IN A TEENAGE WORLD'' - B.M.I. - 2:22
Composer: - Jack Clement
Publisher: - Jack Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - MB 14817
Recorded: - April 20, 1963
Released: - May 1960
First appearance: - Dot Records (S) 45rpm Dot 16087 mono
LIFE IN A TEENAGE WORLD / WHY DON'T YOU WRITE ME

02 – ''WHY DON'T YOU WRITE ME'' - B.M.I. - 3:08
Composer: - Hollis
Publisher: - Goden State Songs
Matrix number: - MB 14818
Recorded: - April 20, 1960
Released: - May 1960
First appearance: - Dot Records (S) 45rpm Dot 16087 mono
WHY DON'T YOU WRITE ME / LIFE IN A TEENAGE WORLD

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Dickey Lee – Vocal & Guitar
Brad Suggs – Guitar
R.W. Stevenson – Bass
Jimmy M. Van Eaton – Drums
Charlie Rich – Piano
Vernon Drake - Saxophone

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APRIL 21, 1960 THURSDAY

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys recorded ''Heart To Heart Talk'' at Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.

Mitch Miller, who produced some of Marty Robbins' biggest hits, earns his second gold album for ''More Sing Along With Mitch''.

Dick Clark admits he had a financial interest in more than 25% of the records he played on ''American Bandstand'' and is forced to sell off any conflicting properties. Clark helps establish the Academy of Country Music later in the decade.

The new capital city of Brazil Brasilia is officially inaugurated on April 21, 1960. In 1956 the President of Brazil Juscelino Kubitschek ordered the construction of Brasilia to change the capital city of Brazil from Rio De Janeiro which was not ideal as it was not in a central location, fulfilling the promise of the Constitution and his own political campaign promise. Brasilia was planned and developed by Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer in order to move the capital from Rio De Janeiro to a more central location. Brasilia was built in 41 months, from 1956 to April 21, 1960, when it was officially inaugurated. The centers of all three branches of the federal government of Brazil are in Brasilia, including the Congress, President, and Supreme Court. Plus over 124 foreign embassies. Brasilia now has an estimated population of about 2 1/2 million.

APRIL 22, 1960 FRIDAY

Jimmy and Sue Dean welcome a son, Robert Ray Dean, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

APRIL 22, 1960 FRIDAY

The Skyliners are at The Spatz Show Lounge in Hamilton, Ohio. Ray Charles is at the Apollo for a week.

APRIL 23, 1960 SATURDAY

Dion and the Belmonts are performing at the Armory in Newark, New Jersey. Paul Anka headlines the Dick Clark Show. Also appearing are Billy Bland and Billy and Lilly.

During the Grand Ole Opry, RCA's Chet Atkins present Jim Reeves a gold record for ''He'll Have To Go''. It is not certified, however, by the RIAA.

APRIL 24, 1960 SUNDAY

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs recorded ''Polka On A Banjo''.

APRIL 25, 1960 MONDAY

A divorce is officially granted to Kenny Rogers and his first wife, Janice. Rogers is required to pay $80 monthly in child support.

APRIL 25, 1960 MONDAY

Eddie Cochran is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

APRIL 26, 1960 TUESDAY

Elvis Presley begins filming G.I. Blues.

APRIL 27, 1960 WEDNESDAY

Sam Cooke opens for a week at the Apollo.

Elvis Presley begins two days of recording session at Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood for the soundtrack to his first post-Army movie, ''G.I. Blues''.

APRIL 29, 1960 FRIDAY

Dick Clark, the future producer of the Academy of Country Music Awards, tells a House subcommittee in Washington, D.C., that he never took payola but admits receiving gifts worth $7,000 and $4,400 from record executives.

APRIL 30, 1960 SATURDAY

''The WLS Barn Dance'' ends a 36-year run.

Fats Domino recorded ''Walking To New Orleans'' at the J&M Studio in New Orleans. The pop hit is ranked among the 500 greatest singles in country music history in the Country Music Foundation book ''Heartaches By The Number''.

MAY 1960

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, ''The Pill''.

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.

Jimmy 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''.

MAY 11, 1960 WEDNESDAY

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 Harriet.

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.

Fabian is 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.

Carl Perkins is booked for a week into the Flame Theater in Minneapolis.

MAY 12, 1960 THURSDAY

Elvis 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 Too''.

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 Arms)''.

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 SATURDAY

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.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR CHARLIE RICH
FOR SUN RECORDS 1960

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: FRIDAY MAY 27, 1960
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - SAM PHILLIPS
AND/OR CHARLES UNDERWOOD

Charlie Rich loved Chuck Willis's music and recorded three of his tunes at Sun (''Juanita'' and ''C.C. Rider'' appeared on Rich's Phillips International LP). ''It's Too Late'', as originally recorded, was a tense, emotional performance that ranks among Rich's notable efforts. Overdubbing (including strings) has admirably done its job of taking the edge off his performance and rendering it unthreatening enough for a mass market.

01 – ''IT'S TOO LATE'' - B.M.I. - 2:30
Composer: - Chuck Willis
Publisher: - Tidelands Music
Matrix number: - P 409 - Master
Recorded: - May 27, 1960
Released: - September 1961
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single > PI 3572-B < mono
IT'S TOO LATE / JUST A LITTLE BIT SWEET
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-3-21 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

02 - ''IT'S TOO LATE'' - B.M.I. - 2:39
Composer: - Chuck Willis
Publisher: - Tidelands Music
Matrix number: - None – Undubbed LP Master
Recorded: - May 27, 1960 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - 1998
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16152-1-13 mono
LONELY WEEKEND - THE SUN YEARS 1958 - 1962

03 – ''C.C. RIDER'' – B.M.I. - 2:25
Composer: - Chuck Willis
Publisher: - Tidelands Music
Matrix number: - None
Recorded: - May 7, 1960
Released: - August 23, 1960
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PLP 1970 mono
LONELY WEEKENDS WITH CHARLIE RICH
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16152-1-26 mono
LONELY WEEKEND - THE SUN YEARS 1958 - 1962

04 - ''JUANITA'' - B.M.I. - 2:50
Composer: - Chuck Willis-Jesse Stone
Publisher: - Tidelands Music
Matrix number: - None
Recorded: - March 7, 1960
Released: - August 23, 1960
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PLP 1970 mono
LONELY WEEKENDS WITH CHARLIE RICH
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16152-1-22 mono
LONELY WEEKEND - THE SUN YEARS 1958 - 1962

05 – ''APPLE BLOSSOM TIME'' - B.M.I. - 2:50
Composer: - Neville Fleeson-Albert Von Tilzer
Publisher: - Broadway Music
Matrix number: - None
Recorded: - May 27, 1960
Released: - August 23, 1960
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PLP 1970 mono
LONELY WEEKENDS WITH CHARLIE RICH
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16152-1-25 mono
LONELY WEEKEND - THE SUN YEARS 1958 - 1962

06 – ''BREAK UP'' - B.M.I. - 2:27
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None
Recorded: - May 27, 1960
Released: - August 23, 1960
First appearance: - Phillips International (LP) 33rpm PLP 1970 mono
LONELY WEEKENDS WITH CHARLIE RICH
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16152-1-23 mono
LONELY WEEKEND - THE SUN YEARS 1958 - 1962

07 – ''MY HEART CRIES FOR YOU'' - B.M.I. - 2:39
Composer: - Carl Sigman-Percy Faith
Publisher: - Massey Music
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 27, 1960
Released: - 1998
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16152-2-9 mono
LONELY WEEKEND - THE SUN YEARS 1958 - 1962

Carl Sigman and composer/orchestra leader Percy Faith were good friends and often went to the racetrack ("the trotters") at Long Island's Roosevelt Field to blow off some steam. An old French tune that played repeatedly on the track's PA system haunted Percy. One day, he jokingly asked Carl if he thought they could write a hit song in ten minutes using that melodic phrase. They did just that, and "My Heart Cries For You" was born. The minute he heard a demo of the song, Columbia Records super-producer Mitch Miller recognized that this was a hit waiting to happen. He quickly marshaled his orchestra to rehearse an arrangement for Frank Sinatra. When Frank showed up for the session and passed on the song, Mitch had to scramble. Luckily, close at hand was a young demo singer named Al Cernick, and Mitch had him sing the song with the already-prepared arrangement. The name Al Cernick would never do, however. Al was a nice guy, so Mitch gave him the first name "Guy." He added his own first name and before long "My Heart Cries for You" by Guy Mitchell was the number 2 record in the country. It's been covered over the years by dozens of artists including Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Ben E. King, and Dinah Washington.

08 – ''RIGHT BEHIND YOUR BABY'' - B.M.I. - 1:58
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - May 27, 1960
Released: - 1998
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16152-3-28 mono
LONELY WEEKEND - THE SUN YEARS 1958 - 1962

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Charlie Rich – Vocal & Piano
Scotty Moore – Guitar
Billy Riley – Bass
Jimmy M. Van Eaton – Drums
Martin Willis – Tenor Saxophone
Unknown – Vocal Chorus

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MAY 28, 1960 SATURDAY
 
Gene McDaniels performs at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium near Los Angeles. LaVern Baker   sings " Shadows Of Love" on The Dick Clark Show.
 
MAY 29, 1960 SUNDAY
 
Brenda Lee makes a personal appearance in Huntington, West Virginia.
 
MAY 30, 1960 MONDAY
 
Grand Ole Opry comedian Mike Snider is born in Gleason, Tennessee.
 
Decca released Brenda Lee's two-sided pop hit, ''I'm Sorry'' backed with ''That's All You Gotta Do''.
MAY 30, 1960 MONDAY
 
Charlie Riche third single for the Sun subsidiary, Phillips International Records, was the 1960  Top 30 hit, "Lonely Weekends," (PI 3552) noted for its Presley-like vocals, but the single placed some  new stresses on Charlie's marriage.
 
As his wife Margaret Ann recalls, ''We had our ups and  down and I'm sure the success of that record did nothing to help us. Success is harder to deal  with than failure in my book. We were accustomed to failure.^
 
Neither of us was really  expecting success and what happened with ''Lonely Weekends'' shocked us both. It put a  whole new perspective on everything''.
 
At one point, Charlie Rich moved out of the home they shared and checked into the YMCA in  Memphis. Sitting alone in his spartan quarters, he must have wondered if this was the life  stardom had to offer. In an episode Margaret Ann describes as ''the deepest darkest night'',  she recalls
 
''Charlie finally called me from the YMCA and said Í've got to get out of here and I  don't have any money'. He was completely sober when he called. I just got in my car and  drove down there. He was waiting for me by the back door with all his stuff.We just put it in  the car and got out of there really quickly''.
 
MAY 31, 1960 TUESDAY
 
Johnny and the Hurricanes perform "Way Down Youder" and Preston Epps "Bongo, Bongo,  Bongo'' on American Bandstand.

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