APRIL 9, 1962 MONDAY
Elvis Presley begins filming ''Girl, Girls, Girls'', is a 1962 American
musical comedy film starring Elvis as a penniless Hawaiian fisherman who loves his life on the sea and dreams of owning his own boat. "Return To Sender'', which reached number 2 on the Billboard pop singles chart, is featured in the movie. The movie opened
at number 6 on the Variety box office chart and finished the year at number 31 on the year-end list of the top-grossing movies of 1962. The movie earned $2.6 million at the box office. The film was the second of three films Presley shot on location in Hawaii.
APRIL 10, 1962 TUESDAY
Brenda Lee and Gene Vincent perform at St. Andrews Hall in Glasgow.
Marty Robbins recorded ''Devil Woman'' and ''Ruby Ann'' in an evening session at Nashville's Columbia Recording Studios.
APRIL 13, 1962 FRIDAY
Hank Locklin recorded ''We're Gonna Go Fishin''' during an afternoon session at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.
Donnie Brooks guests on The Ed Sullivan Show.
MID APRIL 1962
Wanda Jackson is at the Commercial Hotel in Elko, Nevada. Billy Ward and His Dominoes are playing the Carnival Club in Phoenix, Arizona.
APRIL 16, 1962 MONDAY
Decca Records released the Brenda Lee pop hit ''Everybody Loves Me But You'', and the double-sided Webb Pierce hit, ''Take Time''
backed with ''Crazy Wild Desire''.
Bass player Jerry Scheff has a son, Jason Scheff, in San Diego, California. In July 1969, Scheff became a member of Elvis Presley's
touring TCB Band. With the band, he performed in concert with Presley from August 1969 to June 1973 and from April 1975 until Presley's final show on June 26, 1977 at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. He appears on ''Aloha From Hawaii'' (Elvis' 1973
live television concert), "That's The Way It Is'' documentary, ''Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden'' live concert; the documentary movie from 1972 ''Elvis On Tour'', among others. In later years, Scheff worked with Willy DeVille, Bob Dylan, John Denver,
Elvis Costello, The Doors, singer Sam Phillips, Richard Thompson, and many other artists. Scheff also was a bassist for Southern Pacific on their debut album. He also participated in the 1987 cable television concert Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White
Night. In June 2009 he gave a sold out performance in Breda, the Netherlands with the remaining TCB bandmembers. Scheff has stopped touring with the TCB band due to creative and cultural differences. Scheff has two sons: Jason and Darin Scheff. Jason has been
the bassist for the band Chicago since 1985. He co-wrote the song "Bigger Than Elvis'' as a tribute to his father, featuring himself on vocals and Jerry on the bass guitar. As of 2010, he splits his time between his native California and his home in a small
village in Northumberland, England with his wife Natalie. In 2013 and 2014, Scheff performed two concerts in Birmingham (UK) with the singer Janson Bloomer, playing the greatest hits of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and the Doors.
APRIL 18, 1962 WEDNESDAY
Dick Clark emcees two Philadelphia Academy of Music shows to benefit the widow and orphans of
Joe Kuhn, a Philadelphia songwriter-arranger-conductor.
Appearing are Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Dee Dee Sharp, Linda Scott, Danny and the Juniors, Del Shannon and
Bill Haley and His Comets are at the Terrazzo Cafe in Mexico City.
and the Americans open at the Camelot in New York City.
Johnny cash and ''Bonanza'' star Lorne Green hold a recording session at the Columbia Studios in Hollywood. The
track is never released.
Buck Owens remakes The Drifters' ''Save The Last Dance For Me'' in an afternoon session at Los Angeles' Capitol Recording Studio.
Rex Allen recorded ''Don't Go Near The Indians'' in Nashville, Tennessee.
APRIL 19, 1962 THURSDAY
Jackie Wilson makes his debut at the Copacabana in New York City.
ABC-Paramount rush released an
edited version of Ray Charles' ''I Can't Stop Loving You'' to beat Tab Hunter's pop rendition of the song.
Johnny and Jonie Mosby sign with Columbia Records.
APRIL 20, 1962 FRIDAY
Neil Sedaka plays the London Palladium.
APRIL 21, 1962 SATURDAY
The Rock 'N' Twist - USA package, Johnny Burnette, Gary U.S. Bonds and Gene McDaniels Begin tour
of the British Isles with a show tonight at St. Andrews Hall in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Upsetters are booked at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City.
APRIL 22, 1962 SUNDAY
Jerry Lee Lewis is in Minneapolis to play a show when Jerry Lee's three year
old son, Steve Allen Lewis, accidentally drowns in the swimming pool at the family home in Hernando, Mississippi.
In Kansas, Chuck Berry is transferred to Leavenworth
Decca released Loretta Lynn's ''Success''.
APRIL 24, 1962 TUESDAY
Floyd Cramer recorded ''Java'' under the direction of producer Chet Atkins. It appears 15 years later on the Grammy-nominated album, ''Chet, Floyd and Danny''.
Five days after signing with Columbia, Johnny and Jonie Mosby hold their first recording session.
APRIL 24, 1961 TUESDAY
Jerry Lee Lewis' son, Steve Allen is buried in Clayton, near Ferriday, Louisiana.
APRIL 26, 1961
Location shooting is completed in Hawaii for Elvis Presley's ''Girls! Girls! Girls!''.
Rhythm and blues singer Sam Cooke recorded ''Bring It On Home To Me'' with Lou Rawls on backing vocals. The song becomes a country hit for Mickey Gilley 14 years later.
The first United States rocket Ranger IV lands on the moon.
APRIL 27, 1962 FRIDAY
Sun 376 ''Blue Train'' b/w ''Born To Lose'' by Johnny Cash issued.
APRIL 26, 1962 THURSDAY
Neil Sedaka opens at the Forty Thieves Lounge in Bermuda.
Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in London to begin a tour of England. It has been four
years since Lewis fled England because of the disclosure that he was married to his thirteen year old cousin. Lewis will perform thirty-two times and gross nearly $50,000.
28, 1962 SATURDAY
Ray Charles plays the 3,450 seat Donnelly Memorial Theater and brings in $18,000 for two performances.
APRIL 28/MAY 19, 1962
Jerry Lee Lewis arrived in England for his come-back tour, during which he was scheduled to play 17 cities, with
two shows in the U.K., plus a short tour of US Army bases in Germany. He had lost his son in tragic circumstances on April 22, but decided to go ahead with the tour in spite of his sorrows. Myra, originally scheduled to travel with him, only arrived on May
8. Jud Phillips, Cecil Harrelson and drummer Ernie Bowman accompanied Jerry Lee. He was backed for this tour by British band The Echoes, with The Viscounts, Vince Eager and Johnny Kidd & The Pirates. He opened in Newcastle and immediately put the 1958
fiasco behind him; this tour, promoted by Don Arden, would be a success.
According to Graham Knight, ''I first met Jerry in Newcastle on the opening night of the comeback
tour after the 1958 debacle when he had received all the bad publicity about his marriage to Myra. That night in 1962 was an important one for Jerry and came just a few days after the tragic death pf his son Steve Allen. Many expected the tour to be cancelled
but Jerry arrived on time and fulfilled his commitments''.
''I was 19 years old and already a big fan of Jerry Lee Lewis. I quickly deduced that Cecil Harrelson was his
road manager and I helped him connect an amplifier they had brought with them all the way from the States. I reset it for our higher voltage and the first show eventually started half an hour late. Needless to say Jerry was a great success and, through Cecil,
I got to meet Jerry for the first time. He was kindness itself''.
''On May 18 Jerry played St. Andrews Hall, Glasgow and Sounds Incorporated backed him for the first
time, with no rehearsal. The show ended with hundreds of fans on the stage and Jerry on top of the piano. The piano damaged and the lid broken as a few fans joined Jerry on top of the instrument. One week later, a classical concert was cancelled as the piano
had been left in such bad shape. The classical musician told the Daily Express, ''I just wanted to play the piano - not stand on it like Mr. Lewis''.
''Back on those
tours in 1962 and 1963 I went to most of the shows and got to know Jerry pretty well. I stayed in the same hotel and sometimes I would drive him to the theatre in the ''mini'' car; Jerry and Cecil were always amazed at how fast it could go''.