OCTOBER 4, 1958 SATURDAY
Elvis Presley's father and grandmother arrive in West Germany, where
Elvis is serving with the Army. Elvis has dinner with his father in Bad Homburg.
''American Bandstand'' host Dick Clark, destined to play a founding role in the Academy
of Country Music, appears on the cover of TV Guide.
OCTOBER 5, 1958 SUNDAY
watching the World Series on TV in his East Peoria, Illinois, home, Lee Stoller hears his wife singing in the kitchen. He convinces her to pursue music for a living, launching the career of Cristy Lane.
Barty Brown, the father of Musical Brownies Milton and Derwood Brown, dies. Both sons served as leaders and original members of the band, one of the influential acts in the development of western swing.
Sometimes-country singer Burl Ives guests on NBC's ''The Dinah Shore Chevy Show''.
OCTOBER 6, 1958
Columbia released Lefty Frizzell's ''Cigarettes And Coffee Blues'', written by Marty Robbins.
OCTOBER 7, 1958 TUESDAY
Singer/songwriter Rex Griffin dies in a New Orleans hospital. Though he recorded for Decca in the late-1930s, he's best remembered
for writing Eddy Arnold's ''Just Call Me Lonesome'' and Hank Penny's ''Won't You Tide In My Little Red Wagon''.
OCTOBER 8, 1958 WEDNESDAY
Kraft Music Hall is an umbrella title for several television series aired by NBC in the United States from the 1950s to the 1970s in the musical variety genre, sponsored by Kraft Foods, the producers of a well-known
line of cheeses and related dairy products. Their commercials were usually announced by "The Voice of Kraft," Ed Herlihy.
The original Kraft Music Hall was a radio series
aired from 1933 to 1949. It was one of the most popular programs of its type, particularly during the period (1936–1946) when it was hosted by Bing Crosby, then by Al Jolson (1947-1949). However, unlike similar programs, it did not make the transition
directly to network television; Kraft's early ventures into that field entailed the sponsorship of a famed series of dramas, initially broadcast live, under the title Kraft Television Theatre.
By 1958, Kraft was prepared to revive the Music Hall for television from October 8, 1958 till September 1, 1971. The first host was "Mr. Television", Milton Berle, who had become television's first superstar by hosting an earlier NBC program,
the Texaco Star Theater. An alternate summer host in the program's early period was the English comedian and singer Dave King. The program achieved its greatest success while being hosted by Perry Comobeginning in 1959.
In 1966, the program was a summer replacement for The Andy Williams Show, known as the Kraft Summer Music Hall, with singer John Davidson as the host. Comedian George carlin was a featured regular.
Beginning in 1963, Kraft Music Hall specials hosted by Como were presented about once a month, through 1967. During the 1963-1964 and 1964-1965 television seasons, Kraft Suspense Theatre
(co-produced by Como's "Roncom Films") was broadcast in the same time slot during the remaining weeks.
In the fall of 1967, the Kraft Music Hall returned as a weekly
series, but without Perry Como who abruptly ended his association with Kraft Foods after the 1966-67 season. A policy of guest hosts was implemented, employing some of the leading figures in the U.S. entertainment industry at the time, including Rock Hudson,
Lorne Green, George Burns, Dinah Shore and Woody Allen. In 1968, the practice of regular hosts was reinstated, with programs starring, in succession, country singer Eddy Arnold, John Davidson (again) and Ed McMahon. Arnold's programs all featured an appearance
by comedian/impressionist John Byner.
Other leading performers who appeared on the Kraft Music Hall on a reasonably frequent basis were Don Rickles, Alan King, Steve
Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Mitzi Gaynor, Bobby Darin, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Wayne Newton, Johnny Cash and Simon and Garfunkel.
OCTOBER 9, 1958 THURSDAY
Buck Owens recorded his first charted record, ''Second Fiddle'', during an evening session in Hollywood at the Capitol Tower.
OCTOBER 10, 1958 FRIDAY
Tanya Tucker is born in Seminole, Texas. After emerging as a teenager, she becomes one of country's more feisty females, with
a gritty vocal style netting such hits as ''Delta Dawn'', ''Texas (When I Die)'' and ''Down To My Last Teardrop''.
''77 Sunset Strip'' make his debut, is an American
television private detective series created byRoy Huggins and starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Roger Smith and Edd Byrnes. Each episode was one hour long.
The show was the
subject of an ownership battle between Roy Huggins andWarner Brothers, which was the proximate cause of Huggins' departure from the studio. The series was based on novels and short stories written by Huggins prior to his arrival at Warner, but, as a matter
of legal record, derived from a brief Caribbean theatrical release of its pilot, ''Girl On The Run''. The show ran from October 10, 1958 – February 7, 1964.
11, 1958 SATURDAY
Marty Robbins recorded ''The Hanging Tree'', the theme song for a Gary Cooper movie, during the early-morning hours at Hollywood's Radio Recorders,
7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.
OCTOBER 13, 1958 MONDAY
Everly Brothers recorded ''Problems'' in Nashville at RCA Studio B.
Decca released Jimmy Martin's ''Rock Hearts''.
OCTOBER 14, 1958 TUESDAY
Roy Acuff arrives in Frankfurt, West Germany, where he performs for American troops at the beginning of a two-month
USO tour of Europe.
OCTOBER 15, 1958 WEDNESDAY
Jackie Wilson recorded ''Lonely
Teardrops''. The song later becomes a country hit when it's re-recorded by Narvel Felts.
OCTOBER 17, 1958 FRIDAY
Alan Jackson is born in Newman, Georgia. The first artist signed to Arista Records' country division in 1989, he becomes a traditional icon thanks to such hits as 'Don't Rock The Jukebox'', ''Chattahoochee'', ''Gone Country''
and ''Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)''.
Jimmie Skinner recorded ''dark Hollow'' at the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville.
OCTOBER 19, 1958 SUNDAY
Brenda Lee recorded ''Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree'' at the Bradley Film
and Recording Studio in Nashville.
OCTOBER 20, 1958 MONDAY
Jay Perkins dies
from a brain tumor, with his brother, Carl Perkins, holding his hand. Jay played guitar along with Carl on ''Blue Suede Shoes''.
Capitol released Tennessee Ernie Ford's
''The Star Carol'' album.
Ray Price's ''City Lights'' becomes the first song written by Bill Anderson to hit number 1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
OCTOBER 21, 1958 TUESDAY
Buddy Holly recorded ''True Love Ways'', ''Raining In My Heart'' and ''It
Doesn't Matter Anymore'' at Pythian Hall in New York. ''True Love Ways'' becomes a country hit for Mickey Gilley in 1980.
RCA Victor released Elvis Presley's two-sided
hit ''One Night'' and ''I Got Stung'' ( RCA Victor 47-7410).
Following the show-business retirement of his wife, Gracie Allen, ''The George Burns Show'' debuts on CBS.
The comedian becomes a country singer in 1979, with his recording of ''I Wish I Was Eighteen Again''.
OCTOBER 22, 1958 WEDNESDAY
Butch Baker is born in Sweetwater, Tennessee. He lands a number of singles on the country chart for Mercury during the 1980s and joins Hank Williams Jr. on the 1988 multi-artist hit ''Young Country''.
The Jordanaires take a guest slot on ''The Milton Berle Show'' on NBC.
OCTOBER 22, 1958 WEDNESDAY
With his career as a rock singer fading fast, Carl Perkins turned back to the honky tonks. He also turned to the bottle. His alcoholism was precipitated by the death of
his brother Jay from a malignant brain tumour on this day. The respect in which Jay was held was evidenced by the artists who performed at a memorial concert held in Memphis on November 14.
Johnny Cash organized the event and enlisted the help of Jerry Lee Lewis, Webb Pierce, Dickey Lee, Ernest Tubb, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Sonny Burgess, Slim Rhodes, Thomas Wayne, Curtis Gordon, Merle Travis, Lefty Frizzell, the Collins Kids and
Joe Maphis. The event raised over $4000 for Perkins' widow.
By the end of 1958, Carl Perkins had severed his ties with Bob Neal who had moved to California with Johnny
Cash. He was booked through the Jim Denny Artist Bureau in Nashville who also handled his music publishing via Cedarwood.
The growing affiliation with Nashville began
to be reflected in the direction his music was taken. After recordings a hasty album of rock and roll cover versions, Perkins began to orients his music increasingly towards the country mainstream. The maudlin element in his writing and performance which had
kept under control by Sam Phillips began to assume a higher profile.
OCTOBER 23, 1958 THURSDAY
Elvis Presley attends a Bill Haley concert in Frankfurt, West Germany.
OCTOBER 25, 1958 SATURDAY
Mark Miller, of Sawyer Brown, is born in Dayton, Ohio. He becomes the lead singer for the group, which begins earning hits after winning ''Star Search'' in 1984. The band claims the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of
the Year award in 1977.
The cover of TV Guide features comedian George Burns, destined to net a country hit with his 1979 recording of ''I Wish I Was Eighteen Again''.
The singles Sun 306, Jimmy Isle's ''I've Been Waiting'' b/w ''Diamond Ring''; "Born To Lose" b/w ''(Nothing Can Change) My Love For You'' (Sun 307) by Ernie Chaffin and Sun 308, Ray Smith's
''Why, Why, Why b/w ''You Made A Hit'' are released.
OCTOBER 26, 1958 SUNDAY
Wilburn Brothers recorded ''Which One Is To Blame''.
OCTOBER 27, 1958 MONDAY
Wells recorded ''Mommy For A Day'' during the afternoon at Nashville's Bradley Film and Recording Studio. She also recorded ''All The Time;;, a Mel Tillis song destined to become a hit for Jack Greene.
OCTOBER 28, 1958 TUESDAY
Buddy Holly holds his final recording session, three months before he dies in a plane crash. Holly had become
the first person to produce Waylon Jennings, and his song ''True Love Ways'' would later become a country hit for Mickey Gilley.
Ron Hemby, of The Buffalo Club, is born.
He serves as lead singer for the group, which earns a hit in 1997 with the smooth ''If She Don't Love You''. The act breaks up before a second album ever made.
29, 1958 WEDNESDAY
Bill Haley and His Comets perform in Stuttgart, West Germany. In the audience is private Elvis Presley, watching Haley for the second time in less
than a week.
OCTOBER 31, 1958 FRIDAY
Mel McDaniel makes money for performing
for the first time when he appear at a talent contest in school in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
Songwriter Sandy Knox is born. Her credits include the Reba McEntire and Linda
Davis duet ''Does He Love You'' and McEntire's ''She Thinks His Name Was John''.