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1961 SESSIONS (1-3)
January 1, 1961 to March 31, 1961 
 
Studio Session for Dennis Turner, Unknown Date(s) 1961 / Louis Records
Studio Session for Hayden Thompson, 1961 / Beat Records
Studio Session for Hayden Thompson, 1961 / Sonic Records
Studio Session for Nelson Ray, 1961 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Jean Dee, 1961 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Shirley Sisk, 1961 / Sun Records
Studio Session for George Klein, Early 1961 / Sun Records
Studio Session for Jerry Lee Lewis, February 9, 1961 / Sun Records (31)
Studio Session for Charlie Rich, February 11, 1961 / Sun Records
Studio Session for The Teenangels, March 1961 / Sun Records 

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1961
 
The cold war continued to worsen with the USSR exploding some very large bombs during testing and then masterminding the building of the Berlin Wall separating East from West Berlin, America sent a battle group to Germany and Americans and Russians Glared at each other across the border, due to this uncertainty many Americans built backyard fallout shelters in case of nuclear war. To make matters worse the Americans financed anti-Castro Cubans for an invasion at the bay of pigs which was an unmitigated disaster. The Soviets put the first man in space on April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin followed by the US in May with Alan Shepard. Popular music included Chubby Checker's “Pony Time” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” by the Shirelles, and top movies included "West Side Story" and "The Parent Trap''.
 
1961
 
The extended plays, Sun EPA 115 ''Blue Suede Shoes'' by Carl Perkins and Sun EPA 116 ''Home Of The Blues'' by Johnny Cash issued.
 
Rock's second era begins in earnest with the debut of Del Shannon's "Runaway" which is the  first pure unadorned and uptempo rocker to hit number 1 on the Billboard Pop Charts in  almost a year. The song also introduces the "musitron", an early form of the synthesizer.
 
The Marvelettes "Please Mr. Postman" becomes the first number 1 Billboard Pop hit released  on a black owned and operated label, Motown.
 
A widespread revival of the mid-1950's vocal group sound results in the re-appearance on  the charts and airwaves of dozens of songs from 1954-1957 and the brief resurgence of  similarly styled newer groups.
 
"Frat Rock" begins to show up with Gary "US" Bonds hit "Quarter To Three" with its emphasis  on a frenzied atmosphere rather than on intricate production.
 
Soul music starts gaining a foothold with hits by Sam Cooke, James Brown, Solomon Burke  and former Drifters lead signer Ben E. King, who's "Stand By Me" is a number 1 rhythm and  blues record.
 
Elvis Presley gives his last live performance for eight years.
 
A good year for Louisiana rhythm and blues with the release of Chris Kenner's ''I Like It Like That'', Ernie K-Doe's ''Mother-in-Law'', and Joe Barry's swamp-pop classic, ''I'm A Fool To Care''. New Orleans traditional jazz pianist and Preservation Hall Jazz band mainstay Sweet Emma Barrett recorded her first album, ''New Orleans: The Living Legends''. Harold Battiste, Jr., launches AFO Records, the country's first black-owned-and-operated record label, with the Barbara George hit ''I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)''.
 
1961
 
A further Sun studio, this time on the site of the Cumberland Lodge building in Nashville,  opens in February and christened when Jerry Lee's rendering of "What'd I Say" (one of the  first sides recorded there) turns out to be his 'comeback' hit. Ex-rockabilly vocalist and  future country bigwig, Billy Sherrill, is taken on as an engineer and part-time producer.
 
Dick Dale uses the term "surfing" to describe his instrumental rock and roll.
 
Stax Records begins to produce soul records in Memphis, Tennessee.
 
The Peppermint Lounge opens in New York.
 
Roy Orbison has his first number 1 hit, "Running Scared" on the Billboard Top 100 chart.
 
Phil Spector and partner Lester Sill released the "Oh Yeah Maybe Baby" on their new label  Philles.
 
Columbia Records releases selections of Robert Johnson's recordings on LP. This release was  critical in the popularity of blues in England in years to come.
 
RCA France issued a  are 8-track 10-inch LP (130.252) contained both sides of Elvis's first four Sun Records releases. "Good Rockin' Tonight" is significant because it didn't have the echo that RCA added to all of the Sun material. What you have here is the basic Sun sound in all its glory.
 
1961
 
It was in St. Louis in 1961 that former Sun artist Onie Wheeler was contacted by Bob Neal  again. Since 1957, Neal had dissolved Stars Inc. and moved to California to manage Johnny  Cash. He then split from Cash and headed back east, bypassing Memphis and arriving in  Nashville. He proposed a deal to Onie, who moved his family to Nashville once more, but  the offer fell through, leaving Onie scrambling around for a job.
 
It was during this period  that he went back to see Don Law of Columbia and got a joint Epic session for himself and  his daughter Karen in April 1962. The result was ''Sandyland Farmer'', a not-too-successful  answerdisc to Frankie Miller's ''Blackland Farmer''.
 
Bob Neal eventually landed Onie a slot on George Jones' package show, and Onie recorded  for Jones's labels; United Artists in 1964 and Musicor the following year. Then they had the  inevitable rift and Onie went to work for Roy Acuff, holding down a fairly steady day job  with Sho-Bud guitars (one of the owners, Shot Jackson, also worked for Acuff as a steel  guitarist, so no-one lost their job for taking off work to play Acuff shows).
 
1961
 
During 1961 it seems that former Sun artist Billy Emerson was doing artist and repertoire  work for Lenard Allen of the United Artist label, working with artists like Junior Wells and  Willie Mabon. For parts of 1961 and 1962 he was living in New Jersey after his father died  there in Linden. Emerson played as a solo around the Newark area.
 
Sun SLP 1250 ''Million Sellers'' by Various Artists issued. Reissued with different jacket as ''Sun's Gold Hits, Volume 1''.
 
Sun SLP 1260 ''At The Rockhouse'' by Roy Orbison issued.
 
Sun SLP 1265 ''Jerry Lee's Greatest'' by Jerry Lee Lewis issued.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR DENNIS TURNER
FOR LOUIS RECORDS 1961

SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
LOUIS SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE(S) 1961
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER - SAM PHILLIPS
RECORDING ENGINEER - SCOTTY MOORE

Session Published for Historical Reasons

LOVER PLEASE
Composer: - Billy Swan
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Lyn Lou Music
Matrix number: - None - Master (1:51)
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) 1961
Released: - November 1961
First appearance: - Louis Records (S) 45rpm standard single Louis 2002-A mono
LOVER PLEASE / GIVE ME SOMETHING
Reissued: - 1962 Quality Records (S) 45rpm standard single Quality 1369X-A mono
LOVER PLEASE / GIVE ME SOMETHING

GIVE ME SOMETHING
Composer: - Wilson-Tucker
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Marrimac Music
Matrix number: - None - Master (2:11)
Recorded: - Unknown Date(s) 1961
Released: - November 1961
First appearance: - Louis Records (S) 45rpm standard single Louis 2002-B mono
GIVE ME SOMETHING / LOVER PLEASE
Reissued: - 1962 Quality Records (S) 45rpm standard single Quality 1369X-B mono
GIVE ME SOMETHING / LOVER PLEASE

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Dennis Turner - Vocal
Details Unknown

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Session Published for Historical Reasons

STUDIO SESSION FOR HAYDEN THOMPSON
FOR BEAT RECORDS 1961

HALL RECORDING STUDIO
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE 1961
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – UNKNOWN

Shortly after the BEAT session, the guys at Hall studio connected Hayden with a man named Mike Oury who ran a label called Profile, formerly associated with Mel London's Chief Records. Profile had issued recordings by well though of bluesmen including Junior Wells, and some raw rock and roll by Mickey Hawks and others. The deal was that Hayden would take his own band into the studio and produce masters that Profile would buy from him.

WHATCHA GONNA DO
Composer: - Hayden Thompson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Mike Oury Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S 1426 - Master (2:55)
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
Released: - August 1961
First appearance: - Profile Records (S) 45rpm standard single Profile 4015-A mono
WHATCHA GONNA DO / SUMMERS ALMOST OVER
Reissued: - 2008 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16131-30 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – THE SUN YEARS PLUS

''Whatcha Gonna Do'' is a good pop song, forcefully sung by Hayden with some interesting vocal tricks and an engaging Mexican guitar sound.

''Summers Almost Over'' is a calmer version of the same formula, and again Hayden's voice soars and falls in all the right places. The song, issued on August 1961, is aimed at the summer vacation crowd and could have been a real smash with the right promotion. It is obviously a theme Hayden had been kicking around for some time because he also recorded a demo of a song called ''It Won't Be Long Until The Summer''.

SUMMERS ALMOST OVER
Composer: - Hayden Thompson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Mike Oury Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - S 1427 - Master (2:58)
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
Released: - August 1961
First appearance: - Profile Records (S) 45rpm standard single Profile 4015-B mono
WHATCHA GONNA DO / SUMMERS ALMOST OVER
Reissued: - 2008 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16131-31 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – THE SUN YEARS PLUS

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Hayden Thompson – Vocal & Acoustic Guitar
Travis Westmoreland – Guitar
Unknown – Bass
Bob Miller – Drums
Unknown - Piano

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Session Published for Historical Reasons
 
STUDIO SESSION FOR HAYDEN THOMPSON
 
SONIC RECORDING STUDIO
1692 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
STUDIO SESSION : UNKNOWN DATE 1961
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - ROLAND JANES
AND/OR JACK CLEMENT
 
Moving to the Sonic studio in 1961, Roland Janes produced Hayden with a different sound altogether; ''I Wanna Get Home'' was an unashamed imitation of the Johnny Cash sound, complete with chunk chugga chunk rhythm impressively played Memphis's up and coming guitar wizard, Travis Wammack, and an overall lonesome sound. Hayden doesn't imitate Cash's voice directly but his vocal performance is impressive, suggesting Cash rather than being Cash, much as he was able to do with Presley.
 
'I WANNA GET HOME
Composer: - Hayden Thompson
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued (2:16)
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
Released: - 1988
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15263-12 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – FAIRLANE ROCK
Reissued: - 2008 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16131-22 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – THE SUN YEARS PLUS
 
Recorded on this session was ''Kansas City'', Hayden's second go at capturing the Leiber and Stoller song that has been revived several times over the years by bluesmen and rockers alike. This version is up-yo-date early 1960s Memphis blue eyed blues, its rhythm a mixture of blues and rock and roll, but topped off with a creazed piano solo by the little-known Tommy Bennett and two cutting, space-age guitar solos by Travis Wammack. Hayden recorded the song on other occasions, but this is the finest.
 
KANSAS CITY
Composer: - Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Jerry Leiber Music – Mike Stoller Music
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued (2:31)
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
Released: - 1988
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15263-9 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – FAIRLANE ROCK
Reissued: - 2008 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 16131-18 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – THE SUN YEARS PLUS
 
THIS IS COUNTRY
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None – Not Originally Issued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
Released: - 1988
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (LP) 33rpm BFX 15263-11 mono
HAYDEN THOMPSON – FAIRLANE ROCK
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Hayden Thompson – Vocal & Acoustic Guitar
Travis Wammack - Guitar
Prentiss McPhail – Bass
Danny Taylor – Drums
Tommy Bennett - Piano
 
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STUDIO SESSION FOR NELSON RAY
 
UNKNOWN DATE AND STUDIO LOCATION PROBABLY 1961
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – UNKNOWN
 
Composer: - Jack Toombs
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Sure Fire Music Corporation
Matrix number: - P 400  - Master - Promotion Copy (2:08)
Recorded: - Unknown Date
Released: - April 28, 1961
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3568-A mono
YOU'RE EVERYTHING / YOU'VE COME HOME
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-3/13 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6
 
Nelson Ray represents another question mark on the Phillips International roster. Once again, it's a cinch these sides were not recorded in a Memphis Sun studio and their source and personnel remain a mystery. The ballad ''You're Everything'' mines the country crossover territory worked to perfection by Jim Reeves. In fact the opening bars suggest that Ray is about to sing ''Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone''.

The flip-side was probably the reason these sides were imported to Phillips International. ''You've Come Home'' features a strong Floyd Cramer sounding piano and a muted string guitar solo that might have come directly from Don Gibson's ''Oh Lonesome Me''. The song's brief release borrows the chords directly from ''The Ways Of A Woman In Love'' has a mighty powerful hook. The title phrase, brief as it is, is stretched into four notes and repeated melodically and effectively to the point where this song could have had some serious impact with only a modicum of air play. Unfortunately few disc jockeys in April 1961 agreed with that assessment.

Composer: - Nelson Ray
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 401  - Master - Promotion Copy (2:23)
Recorded: - Unknown Date
Released: - April 28, 1961
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3568-B mono
YOU'VE COME HOME / YOU'RE EVERYTHING
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-3/14 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Nelson Ray - Vocal
More Details Unknown
 
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STUDIO SESSION FOR JEAN DEE
UNKNOWN DATE AND STUDIO LOCATION PROBABLY 1961
 
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – UNKNOWN
 
Doing business in Nashville meant that Sam Phillips would be exposed to more and more offers of product for lease than he would ever hear holed up with his buddies in Memphis. And so, we are one again faced with a mystery. Who is Jean Dee and where do these sides, released in July, 1961, come from? You'd have to go all the way back to June, 1956 to find a similar case. At that time, Jean Chapel, another very bluesy white lady, had her spartan Nashville-recorded sides brought in for release on Sun.
 
Composer: - Wolfe
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Peer Music
Matrix number: - P 405 - Master (2:24)
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
Released: - July 1961
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single > PI 3570-B < mono
NOTHING DOWN (99 YEARS TO PAY) / MY GREATEST HURT
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-3-17 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6
 
''Nothing Down'' is a surprisingly gritty song for a white gal, circa 1961. Even the recording is curiously unadorned – the piano is barely audible in the mix. Basically, this is a vocal/drums/electric bass date. There is a passing resemblance to ''Heartbreak Hotel'', although by comparison that arrangement seemed quite full! ''My Greatest Hurt'' is where the money was spent. We've got the same bass and drums here for sure, but what a difference a well-recorded chorus makes. Compare the impact of this restrained chorus with the usual wretched excess of choral overdubs in Memphis. Sometimes less is more – a sentiment that rarely dawned on the Gene Lowery Singers. Jean Dee went on to record for King in 1963 but seems to have left few traces thereafter.
Composer: - Denning
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Four Star
Matrix number: - P 404 - Master (2:35)
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
Released: - July 1961
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single > PI 3570-A < mono
MY GREATEST HURT / NOTHING DOWN (99 YEARS TO PAY)
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-3-18 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jean Dee – Vocal
Unknown Vocal Chorus
More Details Unknown
 
For Biography of Jean Dee see: > The Sun Biographies <
Jean Dee's Sun recordings can be heard on her playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <
 
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UPDATE - JEAN DEE - You might not recognize the name Jean Dee, but you still might have heard her voice. She was born Yvonne McGowan on Christmas Day in Oklahoma and has recorded and performed under a variety of many different names and genres. Some of the different names she has used include Yvonne O'Day, Vonnie Taylor, Vonnie Mack, Jean Dee and Yvonne DeVaney, which she still uses today. At the age of two, she began singing and yodelling, and by 11 she won a contest playing classical piano. She also played guitar and bass.

While still in high school, she teamed up with her sister Mary, with Yvonne playing guitar and Mary on accordion, and had a duet song and tap dancing act. They performed with Roy Rogers and Trigger once!

Some of the labels she's worked with include Capitol Records, Columbia Records, Decca Records, Phillips International, Spar Records, King Records, Chart Records, Compo Records and for her own YMD Music Group, which she founded. If that sounds like she really gets around, she does! But, by recording for all those different labels, she got to perform with a variety of artists. Some of those include Merle Lindsay's Western Swing Band, Red Foley, Pee Wee King, Minnie Pearl, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Tommy Duncan, The Anita Kerr Singers and a former featured artist here on Music For Every Mood, The Jordanaires, who back her on today's song. If you listen closely, you can tell it's their trademark sound!

Her biggest claim to fame would probably be her songwriting talents. She's written songs that have been recorded by Dean Martin, Vic Dana, Pat Boone, Billy Walker, Dottie West, Wanda Jackson, Bonnie Guitar, Hank Snow, The Hardin Trio, Carl and Pearl Butler, The Wilburn Brothers and The Cheltenham Singers, out of England.

Some of the many songs she's recorded herself, under different names, include ''Snowflakes'', ''I Just Want To Be With You'', ''Love Is A Gamble'', Does It Hurt You To Remember'', ''I Live For You'', ''Please Forgive Me'', ''Blue Mountain Waltz'', ''Slowly I'm Losing You'', ''Open Arms'', ''If You Don't Somebody Else Will'', ''Sweethearts On Parade'', ''My Greatest Hurt'', ''Step Into My World'', ''Dim The Car Lights'', ''Pick Me Up On Your Way Down'', ''Teach Me To Live Without You'' and ''Tell Me A Lie'', among countless others. She's enjoyed a very full recording career!

She has received a BMI Citation of Achievement Award for her writing and holds the honorary Commission Rank of Commodore in the Oklahoma Navy. Some of her latest releases include The Yvonne DeVaney Collection of 2003.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR SHIRLEY SISK
FOR SUN RECORDS 1962
 
PROBABLY ECHO RECORDING STUDIO
14 NORTH MANASSAS AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE 1961
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER - PROBABLY STAN KESLER
 
Born Ernestine Brooks in Memphis. First recorded for Sam Phillips as a pianist and vocalist with her sisterin-  law Judy Dismukes on guitar. The session was on February 8, 1952 when ''Let Me Count The Curls'' and   ''Mean Old Memphis'' were recorded. Sam Phillips assigned Chess master numbers and shipped masters to   Chess and to local radio stations. However, Chess did not release the titles, but Acuff-Rose picked up the   publishing rights to the song ''Let Me Count The Curls''. By the late 1950s and early 1960s, Shirley Sisk was back in   Memphis, working out of the Echo studios as a pianist and organist. She was featured on a Phillips  International disc by the Memphis Bells and in her own right on Sun 365, recorded at the Echo studio on   Manassas Avenue in 1961. She owned Permanent Records in Memphis, which did not live up to its name. 
 
Composer: - Stan Kesler
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 449 - Master (2:37)
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
Released: - August 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 365-A mono
I FORGOT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET / OTHER SIDE
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804-3/21 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4
 
It's a long, long way from Elvis Presley's original version of this tune, issued on Sun 223 to this instrumental version by organist Shirley Sisk. There's no point making comparisons: Shirley is going to lose every time. This was recorded across town at the Echo studio, and issued in August 1961. It's easy to see why Sam might have been intrigued. First and foremost, he owned the publishing; second, the sound here had a strong commercial Billy Vaughn quality (albeit it with a far more potent backbeat).
 
Although it had been four years since Vaughn's hit ''Sail Along Silvery Moon'', the sound of Vaughn's music continued to sell respectable quantities of LPs, and seeing one of Sun's classic tunes turned into elevator music might have been a captivating thought.
The aptly named ''Other Side'' is a crisply recorded 12 bar blues. It's a safe bet this tune was recorded in one take either at the very end of the session or at the start, before the crew got down to any serious work.
 
Composer: - Stan Kesler-Shirley Sisk
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Katrina Music
Matrix number: - U 450 - Master (2:14)
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
Released: - August 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 365-B mono
OTHER SIDE / I FORGOT TO REMEMBER TO FORGET
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804-3/22 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4
 
YOU DON'T LOVE ME
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
 
SINCE I MET YOU
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - Unknown Date 1961
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Shirley Sisk - Organ
Billy Wood - Guitar
Elbert Adair - Guitar
Eugene Keller - Drums
Bobby Wood - Piano
Charles Chalmers - Saxophone
 
For Biography of Shirley Sisk see: > The Sun Biographies <
Shirley Sisk's Sun recordings can be heard on her playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on < YouTube <
 
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JANUARY 1961

Jerry Lee Lewis buys new house on East Shore Drive in Memphis, Tennessee.

JANUARY 1, 1961 SUNDAY

Buzz Clifford begins tour to promote Baby Sittin' Boogie.

JANUARY 2, 1961 MONDAY

Aretha Franklin launches her switch to secular music at the Showboat in Philadelphia tonight.

Capitol released Buck Owens' ''Foolin' Around''.

JANUARY 4, 1961 WEDNESDAY

Etta James is at the Counterpoint in Chicago. Bobby Rydell appears on the Perry Como Show.

JANUARY 5, 1961 THURSDAY

Iris DeMent is born in Paragould, Arkansas. Combinning folk and traditional country elements, she covers ''Big City'' on the Merle Haggard tribute album ''Tulare Dust''. He name inspires the title of The Goo Goo Dolls' Grammy-nominated rock song ''Iris''.

Singer and songwriter Mark Nesler is born in Beaumont, Taxes. He writes Tim NcCraw's ''Living And Living Well'', Josh Turner's ''Time Is Love'' and Keith Urban's ''You Look Good In My Shirt'', among others.

JANUARY 6, 1961 FRIDAY

Colonel Tom Parker negotiates a pay raise for Elvis Presley. Paramount agrees to pay $175,000 for each of its next three Presley pictures, and $200,000 for the two that will follow them.

Diana Trask marries Tom Ewen

George Hamilton IV recorded ''To You And Yours (From Me And Mine)'' at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bill Doggett headlines the weekly revue at the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. Also appearing are the Drifters. Ruth Brown and Gary U.S. Bonds.

JANUARY 7, 1961 SATURDAY

Faron Young recorded ''Hello Walls'' at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio on Nashville's Music Row.

JANUARY 9, 1961 MONDAY

Brenda Lee recorded the pop hit ''You Can Depend On Me'' at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio In Nashville, Tennessee.

The Johnny Horton classic ''North To Alaska'' goes on to number 1 in Billboard chart.

JANUARY 10, 1961 TUESDAY

Buzz Clifford sings "Baby Sittin' Boogieon American Bandstand.

JANUARY 11, 1961 WEDNESDAY

Frankie Avalon opens for Joey Bishop at the Dunes Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Fats Domino begins a nine day tour of Texas and Oklahoma that grosses $50,000.

JANUARY 12, 1961 THURSDAY

Decca released Brenda Lee's pop hit ''Emotions;;.

JANUARY 13, 1961 FRIDAY

Warner Bros. released The Everly Brothers' pop hit ''Walk Right Back''. Anne Murray scores with a country remake in 1978.

Sam Cooke appears at New York's Apollo Theater with the Shells opening for him.

James Brown and the Fabulous Flames are at the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C.

JANUARY 14, 1961 SATURDAY

Saturday Prom features the Playmates and Johnny and the Hurricanes.

Mickey and Sylvia appear on American Bandstand.

It is reported that Jerry Lee Lewis and the American Federation of Musicians have reached an agreement. Supposedly Lewis had owed the Union $10,000 in back dues. In retaliation the A.F.M had banned Lewis from playing in Union controlled venues in Las Vegas.

''Town Hall Party'', an influential country radio/TV show in Los Angeles, comes to a conclusion after nine years, its regulars included Merle Travis, Tex Ritter, Freddie Hart and Joe Maphis.

JANUARY 16, 1961 MONDAY

Buck Owens and Rose Maddox recorded ''Mental Cruelty'' and ''Loose Talk'' at the Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California.

Capitol released The Louvin Brothers ''I Love You Best Of All''.

JANUARY 17, 1961 TUESDAY

Rose Maddox recorded ''Conscience, I'm Guilty'' at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California.

JANUARY 19, 1961 THURSDAY

Rose Maddox recorded ''Lonely Street''. The song will become a country hit for Rex Allen Jr. in 1977.

JANUARY 20, 1961 FRIDAY

Elvis Presley finishes shooting ''Wild In The Country''.

Two weeks after signing a contract with Paramount Pictures, Colonel Tom Parker finishes negotiations with MGM on a deal that pays Elvis Presley $500,000 a piece for appearing in four movies.

''Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country''. John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as the 35th president of the Unites States in Washington, D.C. The next year, he is celebrated in Jimmy Dean's single ''P.T. 109''.

Jimmy C. Newman conducts his first Decca recording session, cutting ''Everybody's Dying For Love''.

Jerry Butler headlines the Regal Theater in Chicago. Also appearing are Dee Clark, the Miracles, the Shirelles and LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, Little Anthony, Ben E. King and the Shells.

John F. Kennedy is inaugurated President of the United States, urging Americans to ''ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country'', and Fidel Castro declares Cuba bans free elections.

JANUARY 21, 1961 SATERDAY

Dale Hawkins opens at the Rocket Room In Washington.

The Ventures perform on Saturday Prom.

JANUARY 22, 1961 SUNDAY

Patsy Cline has her second baby, Allen Dick.

JANUARY 23, 1961 MONDAY

Decca released Lewis Pruit's ''Crazy Bullfrog''.

JANUARY 24, 1961 TUESDAY

Bob Dylan arrives in Manhattan, where he gains acclaim as a folk singer and songwriter. Inspired in part by Woody Guthrie, he is eventually inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of fame.

Johnny Burnette sings "Little Boy Sad" on American Bandstand.

JANUARY 25, 1961 WEDNESDAY

Ricky Nelson "Your the Only One" on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

JANUARY 26, 1961 THURSDAY

Dodie Stevens, Bobby Rydell and Chubby Checker complete a tour of Australia.

Frankie Lymon sings Silhouttes in American Bandstand.

JANUARY 27, 1961 FRIDAY

Carla Thomas makes her television debut on American Bandstand and performs "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes).

Gene Vincent plays The Gaiety Ballroom in Grimsby, Great Britain.

''Sing Along With Mitch'' debuts on NBC-TV with lyrics printed on the screen so the audience can participate at home. Host Mitch Miller is a former pop record executive who produced a number of Marty Robbins sessions.

Ernie Ashworth recorded ''Forever Gone''.

JANUARY 28, 1961 SATURDAY

Brook Benton ends his month long tour in Orlando, Florida.

Saturday Prom is broadcast from the Winter Carnival in St. Paul, Minnesota. Appearing are Freddy Cannon, JoAnn Campbell, Buzz Clifford and the String-A-Longs.

JANUARY 29, 1961 SUNDAY

Bob Dylan meets the declining Woody Guthrie in a private residence in East Orange, New Jersey. Both singer and songwriters will eventually be enshrined in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

JANUARY 30, 1961 MONDAY

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller announce they'll form their own production company. Originally pop and rhythm and blues songwriters, several of their songs become country hits, including ''Stand By Me'', ''Hound Dog'' and ''Ruby Baby''.

Floyd Cramer recorded ''San Antonio Rose'' at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

Decca released Patsy Cline's ''I Fall To Pieces''.

Capitol released Buck Owens' self-titled album, the first of 50 compiled for the company over the next 15 years.

Billy and Charlene Sherrill are married. The groom goes on to write such relationship songs as ''My Elusive Dreams'', ''The Most Beautiful Girl'' and ''Stand By Your Man''.

JANUARY 31, 1961 TUESDAY

Bobby Darin and Friends, an hour long special, airs on NBC-TV.

LATE JANUARY 1961

The Everly Brothers are reported to be in Hollywood taking acting classes.

Aretha Franklin is booked to play the Library portion of the Playboy Club in Chicago.

Bill Doggett is at Pep's Musical Lounge in Philadelphia.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR GEORGE KLEIN
FOR SUN RECORDS 1961
 
SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
639 MADISON AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: EARLY 1961
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – CECIL SCAIFE
AND/OR GEORGE KLEIN
 
Composer: - Charles Underwood-Brad Suggs
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Up Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 434 - Master (2:30)
Recorded: Early 1961
Released: - March 10, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 358-A mono
U. T. PARTY PART I / U. T. PARTY PART II
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804-3/7 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4
 
Local disc jockey and Elvis-hanger on George Klein makes his second appearance on a Sun label. He was last heard narrating the Jerry Lee career-disaster parody that appeared on Sun 301. Sun was willing to settle on a pretty limited market for this disc.
 
The ''U.T.'' in the title is the University of Tennessee, located in Knoxville, with a satellite campus in Memphis. Just to make sure the whole marketplace is covered, Klein makes reference to U.T. Football, basketball and baseball here.
 
Presumably, the chess club was left out of the lyric since those geeks didn't dance and drink beer, both of which are plainly prerequisites for deriving enjoyment from this disc. Why Sun got into this business is anybody's guess. Presumably, they expected to sell a bunch of these discs at fraternity parties. In any case, not many of them made it past the state line.

Klein offers an incredibly stilted narration here in a time honored style. Like rock and roll godfather Alan Freed, Klein talks to all those ''crazy cats'' and ''swinging chicks'' out there. Klein was barely older than his constituents, which made this patronizing blather barely tolerable. When Freed did it, it always sounded like somebody's uncle desperately trying to impress the kids.

Composer: - Charles Underwood-Brad Suggs
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Up Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 434 - Master (2:22)
Recorded: Early 1961
Released: - March 10, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 358-B mono
U. T. PARTY PART II / U. T. PARTY PART I
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804-3/8 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
George Klein - Narration
More Details Unknown
 
For Biography of George Klein see: > The Sun Biographies <
George Klein's Sun recordings can be heard on his playlist from 706 Union Avenue Sessions on > YouTube <
 
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GEORGE KLEIN – Born on October 8, 1935 in Memphis, Tennessee, is a disc jockey and television host. He met Elvis Presley in the eighth grade at Humes High School in North Memphis, and they became lifelong friends, until Presley's death in 1977. Klein can be heard weekly on Sirius XM channel 19 Elvis Radio, and on the George Klein Original Elvis Hour on WKQK FM and Sirius XM Elvis Radio.

George is an innovator and an ambassador to Memphis music. He has helped bring Memphis music to the world and the world of music to Memphis. George Klein is much more than a friend of Elvis Presley. He was one of the first disc jockeys in Memphis to play rock and roll on the radio, before Elvis.

That was just the beginning of what George would do for Memphis music wise and he became one of the most famous disc jockeys in Memphis history. He had the RKO ''Boss'' jock sound down when he was at WHBQ radio. Klein and Elvis had a lot more in common than their careers, they thought a lot alike. Like Elvis, he doesn’t have an unkind word to say about anyone.

He is respectful, kind and caring.

In addition to his work at 56 WHBQ radio, George also had a TV show on WHBQ TV Channel 13 called ''Talent Party''. ''Talent Party'' was always faithful to local talent. Every show featured at least one local act. That show broke a lot of Memphis talent, like a group called Knowbody Else. You may know them better as Black Oak Arkansas. He also helped launch Sandy Posey’s career (''Born A Woman'' and ''Single Girl''). George broke some records on ''Talent Party'' that went on to be national hits. They were songs that couldn’t get airplay on local stations. Songs by artist that George believed in like ''Keep On Dancing'' by the Gentrys and Sam the Sham's ''Wooly Bully'' just to name a couple.

George Klein himself make several appearance on the Sun Records label, Klein performs probably in 1958 a traditional southern Baptist hymn ''Lord Lead Me Home'' in the very style that served as nightly entertainment at Elvis' house. In all likelihood, Klein has simply taken a bit of Graceland and transported it to 706 Union. Klein actually had two releases on Sun Records, one the Jerry Lee Lewis novelty record "The Return Of Jerry Lee" (Sun 301) created to make light of his 1958 British tour debacle. Klein's second Sun release was the forgettable March 1961 ''U.T. Party 1 and 2'' (Sun 358) in 1961.

Whenever a group wanted to be on the show George didn’t care what they had done, he cared about what they sounded like. No tape? No problem. George worked out a deal with Roland Janes at Sonic Recording Studios. For thirteen dollars a group could go in and cut one to four songs to lip synch on the show. Even back then studio time was expensive and would run well over a hundred dollars.

George Klein watched to see what other music shows were doing at the time, he noticed that many of them featured regulars. He decided to do the same. He picked two acts to feature every other week, Flash and the Casuals (later Flash and the Board of Directors) and Sherry Grooms were who he decided on.

David ''Flash'' Fleischman (now co-owner of All Memphis Music, an internet station) says, ''I met George Klein four days after turning sixteen and getting my drivers license. I Drove to WHBQ because I wanted to meet this disc jockey. Not because I wanted to be in radio or was interested in radio, but because he booked bands and I was in a band. That was the start of what's been a 48 year friendship. I'm proud to call George Klein my friend and no matter what I do, I can never repay George for what's he's done for me. He's been there and advised me all these years, every step of the way. And one of the things that makes George so special, is that he has helped so many over all these years. As the title of the Tina Turner song says George Klein is "Simply the Best''.

Klein not only discovered Memphis singing talent but other talent as well. During the annual Miss Teenage Memphis Pageant, the Talent Party fashion coordinator spotted a standout beauty. She brought the girl to George’s attention and they sent some pictures of her to a modeling agency in New York. The agency accepted her. She became the model of the year and then Hollywood came calling on Cybill Shepherd.

For many years, George Klein hosts a program on Sirius XM radio Elvis channel, Memphis Sounds for WYPL-18 TV , and the Elvis hour for WMC radio in Memphis, where he lives with his wife, Dara.

The legendary disc jockey and member of the ''Memphis Mafia'' George Klein, died on Tuesday February 5, 2019 to complications from dementia in hospice care in Memphis, Tennessee.

FEBRUARY 1961
 
It turned about that success that had shocked the, was only a fleeting visitor to the Rich  home during the next few years. The reasons for Charlie's lack of substained commercial  success at Sun have little to do with the quality of his records. Perhaps the worst marketing  decision was selecting ''Gonna Be Waiting'' as the follow-up to ''Lonely Weekend''. The song  was simple an inferior clone of ''Lonely Weekends''.
 
In truth, the decision wasn't hard to  understand. Nobody had a clue what to do with Charlie from the very first. Having tasted  success on only his third record, they weren't about to tamper with the formula.
 
And so, for  all intents and purposes, they simply reissued his with slightly different lyrics. It couldn't  have helped Charlie's confidence to watch the record sink without a trace. Charlie and  Magaret Ann learned a lesson, and the first change they had to apply it – which was  approximately six years later – the result were no less disastrous. For the follow-up to  Charlie's next hit record, ''Mohair Sam'', recorded for Smash in 1965, he switched gears  completely and selected a beautiful ballad written by Margaret Ann called ''Field Of Yellow  Daisies''. Again, the record buying public deserted him in droves, hammering home the  message that fame is fleeting and fickle.
 
Charlie continued to record some powerful and memorable sides for Sun, but none of them  dented the pop marketplace. Part of the problem was undoubtedly the fact that Charlie had  never written teen-oriented material. He was, in every sense, an adult artist. His concerns  and priorities just did not resonate with adolescents. ''Lonely Weekend'' had been a freak  occurrence – one of those rare instances where kids and adults shared a problem: being  alone on a weekend. But from then on, Charlie spoke to people with mortgages, drinking  problems and ex-lovers.
 
And why should he apologize or disguise who he was? Charlie Rich had a wife, three kids,  prematurely greying hair, and a severe drinking problem. If he couldn't write from his own  experience, what was the point? And so he produced some excellent music over the next  three years, none of which sold particularly well. ''Stay'' and ''On My Knees'' dealt with  relationship and abandonment issues. Both were beautiful songs, which continue to be  recorded by other artists. Indeed, both were re-recorded by Rich during his later tenure at  Epic Records. In fact, ''On My Knees'' finally achieved hit status when Charlie's duet version  with Janie Fricke was released in 1978, more than 15 years after his first recording of the  song had appeared.

FEBRUARY 1961

A year or so after opening his new Memphis studio, Sam Phillips had launched a custom studio in Nashville in a blaze of publicity. Sneak previews were held on November 5, 1960 and the first official session was held on February 9, 1961 when Jerry Lee Lewis breezed into town and revived ''What'd I Say'', the song that began his rehabilitation.

Judd Phillips becomes full-time promotion manager for Jerry Lee Lewis, and Ray Brown of National Artists is conferred bookings.

The Soviet Union launches the Venera 1 space probe during February of 1961. The unmanned probe was the first spacecraft to fly by Venus. The Venera 1’s mission returned some data back to Earth verifying the presence of plasma in space, but it was ultimately a failure as contact with the probe was lost within about a week of its launch. It did not transmit any data back about Venus when it passed by the planet. The Soviet Union launched a total of 16 Venera probes and many succeeded in providing detailed data and images of Venus.

FEBRUARY 1, 1961 WEDNESDAY

The Belmonta are American Bandstand's musical guests.

FEBRUARY 2, 1961 THURSDAY

Little Jimmy Dickens recorded ''Farewell Party'' at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

FEBRUARY 3, 1961 FRIDAY

Tex Ritter recorded ''I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven'', namechecking late country stars Carson Robison, Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Also reference, Red Foley, Ernest Tubb, Eddy Arnold, Gene Autry and Eddie Dean, among others.

The Show of Stars Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker and Dodie Stevens swing through Oahu, Hawaii.

Brook Benton, the Shirelles, Maxine Brown and the Dynamics are at the Howard Theater.

FEBRUARY 4, 1961 SATURDAY

Johnny Burnette under goes an appendectomy at Hollywood Hospital. This will cause the postponement of his European tour and an estimated lose of $10,000 in bookings.

Roger Miller recorded ''When Two Worlds Collide'' in Nashville, Tennessee.

Rockabilly artist Johnny Burnette has an emergency appendectomy in Hollywood, California.

Nineteen years away from appearing on a country hit with Merle Haggard, Clint Eastwood makes the cover of TV Guide.

FEBRUARY 6, 1961 MONDAY

Don Reno, of Reno and Smiley, has a son, Dale Reno, in Roanoke, Virginia. The lad joins his older brothers, Ronnie and Don Wayne, to form The Reno Brothers following their dad's 1984 death.

Columbia released Ray Price's double-sided single, ''Heart Over Mind'' with ''The Twenty-Fourth Hour''.

Dion is a guest on American Bandstand.

FEBRUARY 7, 1961 TUESDAY

Bobby Rydell in his hometown of Philadelphia receives 1960s Outstanding Entertainer Award from the Sons of Italy at Palumbo's restaurant.

RCA Victor released the single ''Surrender'', a number 1 song recorded by Elvis Presley and published by Elvis Presley Music in 1961. It is an adaptation by Doc Pomus and Mort Schuman of the music of a 1902 Neapolitan ballad by Giambattista and Ernesto de Curtis entitled "Torna a Surriento" ("Come Back to Sorrento"). It hit number one in the United States and United Kingdom in 1961 and eventually became one of the best selling singles of all time. This was one of 25 songs Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman wrote for Presley. It has been recorded by many other artists.

FEBRUARY 8, 1961 WEDNESDAY

Hank Snow recorded ''Beggar To A King'' and ''The Restless One'' during the afternoon at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ricky Nelson performs ''You Are The Only One'' for the second time in six weeks on ABC's ''The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet''.

George Jones recorded ''Tender Years'' in Nashville at the Bradley Recording Studio.

EARLY FEBRUARY 1961

Johnny Tillotson begins a three week tour of Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

Fabian is at the Arenta Coliseum in Manilla, Philippines.

Gene Vincent begins tour in London to begin a tour of England.

Bill Haley and His Comets are touring Mexico, but also visit Chile, Peru and Ecuador.

FEBRUARY 8, 1961 WEDNESDAY

The Ramrods perform (Ghost) Riders in the Sky&quot; on American Bandstand.

FEBRUARY 9, 1960 THURSDAY

Sam Phillips open his Nashville studio. Billy Sherrill is retained as production engineer. Jerry Lee Lewis records his comeback hit, ''What'd I Say'', at the first session.

The Louvin Brothers recorded ''Keep Your Eyes On Jesus''. Pam Tillis and Johnny Cash will remake the song with The Jordanaires for the 2003 tribute ''Livin'. Lovin', Losin'', Songs Of The Louvin Brothers''.

Studio session for Jerry Lee Lewis at the Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR JERRY LEE LEWIS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1961
 
SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
319 SEVENTH AVENUE NORTH, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9, 1961
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER - BILLY SHERRILL
RECORDING ENGINEER - JIM LOCKHART AND/OR TOM SPARKMAN
 
Having spent 1960 getting asquainted with the new facilities in Memphis, throughout 1961 Jerry Lee Lewis made several visits to Nashville to record at another studio Sam Phillips had taken on in his attempt to broaden Sun's commercial appeal. Yet as we have already heard, by something of the essence of Sun Records. The products of Jerry Lee's first session at the other end of Tennessee did, however, show much promise, including as they did the masterful ''What'd I Say'', which briefly offered hope of a return to pop music's upper echelons when issued as a single, Sun 356). The Ray Charles cover was backed with ''Livin' Lovin' Wreck'', a catchy pop song but arguably one of the less memorable accomplishments in Otis Blackwell's canon. The same date also gave rise to a very much more polished version of ''Cold Cold Heart'' that sounds light years away from Jerry Lee's earlier recording of the song. (*)
 
On February 9, 1961, Jerry Lee Lewis breezed into Sam Phillips' new studio in Nashville and laid down the inaugural session. The last song recorded that night was a revival of ''What'd I Say''. The song had been written by Ray Charles in 1959 and recorded by Jerry Lee in January 1960 and again in June 1960. However, the Nashville version was a much fuller production and Phillips had such confidence in it that he released it three weeks after the session. Billboard said, ''Lewis pumping piano work is tops and the vocal matches it. This can go''. And it did.
 
''I Forgot To Remember To Forget" is a country song written by Stan Kesler and Charlie Feathers. It was recorded at Sun Studio on July 11, 1955, by Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, and Johnny Bernero on drums, and released on August 20, 1955, along with "Mystery Train" (Sun 223).
 
It was rereleased by RCA Victor (47-6357) in December 1955. Moore's guitar had a Nashville steel guitar sound, and Black played a clip-clop rhythm. Elvis sang a brooding vocal. This is the closest the trio came to a traditional country song while at Sun.
 
The song reached the Billboard national country music chart number 1 position on February 25, 1956 on the Billboard Country &Western Best Sellers in Stores chart, and remained there at number 1 for 2 weeks, and spent 5 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Country &Western Most Played in Juke Boxes chart. The record reached number 4 on the Billboard Most Played by Jockeys chart. It was the first recording to make Elvis Presley a national known country music star. The song remained on the country charts for 39 weeks. The flip side of this release, "Mystery Train", peaked at the number 11 position on the national Billboard Country Chart.
 
Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the song probably on August 21, 1957 and on this session on February 9, 1961. Composer Charlie Feathers has also recorded it. The Beatles covered this song once for the BBC radio show, ''From Us To You'', on 1 May 1964, which was included on the Live at the BBC compilation in 1994. Johnny Cash covered and released this song in 1959 on the Sun LP ''Greatest!'' and on the album The Survivors Live in 1981. Chuck Jackson, Ral Donner, Robert Gordon, Johnny Hallyday, The Deighton Family, Hicksville Bombers, and Wanda Jackson recorded this song as well. Chris Isaak also covered this song on his 2011 album, Beyond the Sun.
 
The song is referenced in the Modest Mouse song "A Different City", on their 2000 album The Moon & Antarctica. The name of this song also appears as a quest in the video game Fallout: New Vegas where the Courier and Boone defend a small settlement from a full-scale attack while dealing with Boone's regret over a massacre that took place at that same settlement.
 
Composer: - Charlie Feathers-Stanley Kesler
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Unknown Take (3:02)
Released: - December 1974
First appearance: - Hallmark Records (LP) 33rpm SHM 856-B2 stereo
VARIOUS ARTISTS - KINGS OF COUNTRY, VOLUME 1
Reissued: - September 1989 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-7/10 mono
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
Reissued: - October 2015 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-16/6 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
Several takes of ''I Forgot To Remember To Forget'' were attempted during a August 1957 session, though none of them are totally successful, with Jerry and he band attempting to find the right key, rhythm and tempo. All takes remained unissued until at least the 1980s. Far superior is this February 1961 version, recorded in Nashville at the same session that produced the hit versions of ''What’d I Say'' and ''Cold Cold Heart''. Surprisingly this wasn’t released until 1974, via Charly's ''Rare Jerry Lee Lewis Volume 2'' compilation. Incidentally, this has never been issued in true stereo on CD, though it was available on the Sun International ''Roots'' LP in 1981 (but not the CD reissue!).
 
In case one of the kiddies buying Sun 364 checking the flipside, they found a real surprise: an artfully produced contemporary country record. This is one of Jerry’s finest performances in the genre that would ultimately recharge his career. While Jerry's vocal is sensitive and confident, it is really his piano work that elevates this record to brilliance. Rarely has he, or anyone for that matter, played with such urgency and fervor on a ballad. The piano fills often border on ''possessed'', and provide counter rhythms and energy that might have caught Hank Williams' attention from across the Great Divide. The top side failed to attract the attention of the very kids for whom it had been manufactured, but ''Cold Cold Heart'' got to number 22 on the country charts. There was a lesson there; it just took another seven years for anyone he heed it.
 
Composer: - Hank Williams
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Acuff Rose Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Count-In - Take 5 - Stereo Master (3:07)
Recorded: - February 9, 1961 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-7/9 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
Reissued: - October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-16/7 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
Composer: - Hank Williams
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Acuff Rose Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 447 - Take 5 Master (3:02)
Recorded: - February 9, 1961
Released: - August 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 364-A mono
COLD COLD HEART / IT WON'T HAPPEN WITH ME
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804-3/20 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4
Reissued: 2019 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17504-2 mono
SUN SHINES ON HANK WILLIAMS
 
''Cold Cold Heart'' (Sun 364) with Count-In is an absolutely brilliant record. It is wel recorded, arranged and performed. Jerry's vocal, as it usually does, exudes personality. Jis piano playing is exceptionally strong and assertive. Indeed, it becomes a second voice swirling around his vocal. When the vocal is absent during the 16-bar piano solo, the piano lines are brimming with energy; they soar, almost out of control. If you knew nothing about Jerry Lee Lewis and discovered this record on the radio, it would surely grab your attention. Your first question might well be, ''Who is that piano player?''. Not ''Who is that singer?''. Fortunately, you get them both for the same price.
"Cold Cold Heart" here recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis, is a country song, written by Hank Williams. This blues ballad is both a classic of honky-tonk and an entry in the Great American Songbook.
 
Williams adapted the melody for the song from T. Texas Tyler's 1945 recording of "You'll Still Be In My Heart," written by Ted West in 1943. The song achingly and artfully describes frustration that the singer's love and trust is unreciprocated due to a prior bad experience in the other's past. Stories of the song's origins vary. In the Williams episode of American Masters, country music historian Colin Escott states that Williams was moved to write the song after visiting his wife Audrey in the hospital, who was suffering from an infection brought on by an abortion she had carried out at their home unbeknownst to Hank. Escott also speculates that Audrey, who carried on extramarital affairs as Hank did on the road, may have suspected the baby was not her husband's. Florida bandleader Pappy Neil McCormick claims to have witnessed the encounter: "According to McCormick, Hank went to the hospital and bent down to kiss Audrey, but she wouldn't let him. 'You sorry son of a bitch,' she is supposed to have said, 'it was you that caused me to suffer like this'. Hank went home and told the children's governess, Miss Ragland, that Audrey had a 'cold, cold heart,' and then, as so often in the past, realized the bitterness in his heart held commercial promise''.
 
The first draft of the song is dated November 23, 1950 and was recorded with an unknown band on May 5, 1951. Like his earlier masterpiece "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry'', it was released as the B-side (MGM10904B) to "Dear John" (MGM-10904A), since it was an unwritten rule in the country music industry that the faster numbers sold best. "Dear John" peaked at number 8 after only a brief four-week run on Billboard magazine's country music charts, but "Cold Cold Heart" proved to be a favorite of disc jockeys and jukebox listeners, whose enthusiasm for the song catapulted it to number 1 on the country music charts. Williams featured the song on his Mother's Best radio shows at the time of its release and performed the song on the Kate Smith Evening Hour on April 23, 1952, which ran from September 1951 to June 1952; the appearance remains one of the few existing film clips of the singer performing live. He is introduced by his idol Roy Acuff. Although a notorious binge drinker, Williams appears remarkably at ease on front of the cameras, with one critic noting, "He stared at the camera during his performance of ''Cold Cold Heart'' with a cockiness and self-confidence that bordered on arrogance''.
 
The song would become a pop hit for Tony Bennett, paving the way for country songs to make inroads into the lucrative pop market. In the liner notes to the 1990 Polygram compilation Hank Williams: The Original Single Collection, Fred Rose's son Wesley states, "Hank earned two major distinctions as a songwriter: he was the first writer on a regular basis to make country music national music; and he was the first country songwriter accepted by pop artists, and pop A&R men''.
 
That same year, it was recorded in a pop version by Tony Bennett with a light orchestral arrangement from Percy Faith. This recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39449. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on July 20, 1951 and lasted 27 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 1. The popularity of Bennett's version has been credited with helping to expose both Williams and country music to a wider national audience. Allmusic writer Bill Janovitz discusses this unlikely combination: "That a young Italian singing waiter from Queens could find common ground with a country singer from Alabama's backwoods is testament both to Williams' skills as a writer and to Bennett's imagination and artist's ear''.
 
Williams subsequently telephoned Bennett to say, "Tony, why did you ruin my song''? But that was a prank,  in fact, Williams liked Bennett's version and played it on jukeboxes whenever he could. In his autobiography ''The Good Life'', Bennett described playing "Cold Cold Heart" at the Grand Ole Opry later in the 1950s. He had brought his usual arrangement charts to give to the house musicians who would be backing him, but their instrumentation was different and they declined the charts. "You sing and we'll follow you'', they said, and Bennett says they did so beautifully, once again recreating an unlikely artistic merger.
 
The story of the Williams-Bennett telephone conversation is often related with mirth by Bennett in interviews and on stage; he still performs the song in concert. In 1997, the first installment of A&E's Live By Request featuring Bennett (who was also the show's creator), special guest Clint Black performed the song, after which Bennett recounted it. A Google Doodle featured Bennett's recording of the song on its Valentine's Day doodle in February 2012.
 
Other siginificant recordings there are including Louis Armstrong recorded "Cold Cold Heart" on September 17, 1951, and released it on Decca Records; Donald Peers recorded it on October 5, 1951, released EMI via His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10158; Dinah Washington recorded it in 1951; Petula Clark and Gene Autry sang the song in the 1952 movie Apache Country; Jerry Lee Lewis released the song as a single on Sun Records in 1961 and included another version on the 1969 LP ''Sings the Country Music Hall of Fame Hits, Volume 2''; Jazz singer Norah Jones included a sultry swing version on her 2002 album ''Come Away With Me'', which was seen as "reintroducing" modern audiences to the song.
 
Even without such overt sexuality, this record took Jerry Lee back on the pop charts, peaking at number 30, a neighborhood he hadn't visited in over two years. There was little competition from this side. ''Livin' Lovin' Wreck'' from the pen of Otis Blackwell is easily the weakest of the four tracks recorded that day in Nashville. Like many of Jerry's teen-oriented songs, this one has not weathered the ravages of time and style too well. Jerry seems constrained by the chord changes, although guitarist Hank Garland seems to fare a bit better. In fact, this is one of the few times that Jerry's piano solo is outclassed by the guitar break.
 
Composer: - Otis Blackwell
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Sito Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Stereo Master (2:02)
Recorded: - February 9, 1961 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-7/7 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
Reissued: - October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-13/3 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
Composer: - Otis Blackwell
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Sito Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 430 - Master (2:05)
Recorded: - February 9, 1961
Released: - February 27, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 356-B mono
LOVIN' LOVIN' WRECK / WHAT'D I SAY
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804-3/6 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4
Jerry Lee Lewis has spent a lot of time preaching about resurrections but the truth is that the release of Sun 356 was a resurrection almost comparable to his 1968 rebirth as a country singer. By any measure, it was a resounding success. Things were looking pretty bleak for the Killer before ''What'd I Say'' appeared in February 1961.
 
Yes, it's true that Jerry had been turning his attention to rhythm and blues of late, and had done more than his share or listening to (and copying) instrumental riffs from Ray Charles, but here is where it finally came together from him.
 
This track reveals that Jerry's affinity for Charles's music was more than a commercial aspiration. Charles's style meshes well with Jerry's talent.   In Jerry's hands, ''What'd I Say'' is a fine vocal and piano workout. The backup instrumental work is ideal and even the chorus sounds a bit shrill (as in ''White'') when they echo Jerry's vocal lines. Conspicuously absent from the arrangement is the lascivious ''Don't stop, baby'' portion of Ray Charles' original. (More information about ''What'd I Say'' see Jerry's sessions June 1960).
 
Composer: - Ray Charles
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Progressive Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - None - Stereo Master (2:26)
Recorded: - February 9, 1961 - Not Originally Issued
Released: - September 1989
First appearance: - Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15420-7/8 stereo
CLASSIC JERRY LEE LEWIS - THE DEFINITIVE SUN RECORDINGS 1956 – 1963
Reissued: - October 2015  Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 17254-16/8 stereo
JERRY LEE LEWIS AT SUN RECORDS THE COLLECTED WORKS
 
Composer: - Ray Charles
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Progressive Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - U 429 - Master (2:29)
Recorded: - February 9, 1961
Released: - February 27, 1961
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 356-A mono
WHAT'D I SAY / LOVE MADE A FOOL OF ME
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15804-3/5 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 4
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Vocal & Piano
Hank Sugarfoot Garland - Guitar
Kelton Kelso Herston – Guitar
Bob Moore – Bass
Murray Buddy Harmon – Drums
Unknown Vocal Group
 
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FEBRUARY 10, 1961 FRIDAY

Gene Pitney appears in Montreal for two days.

Flatt and Scruggs recorded The Carter Family classic ''You Are My Flower'' at Nashville's Bradley Studios with Mother Maybelle Carter backing them on autoharp. A live version of the song becomes a hit three years later.

FEBRUARY 11, 1961 SATURDAY

Gene Pitney and the Shirelles guest on Saturday Prom.

Studio session for Charlie Rich at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

FEBRUARY 1961
 
Charlie Rich's next single contrasted a rather light-hearted love triangle tune, ''Caught In The  Middle'' with what has proved to be one of his most enduring compositions. ''Who Will The  Next Fool Be'' was almost immediately covered by Bobby Blue Bland, which should have  convinced anyone that this song had a depth of bluesy soul that could be mined almost  indefinitely.
 
It is a fine statement to his artistry that Rich's version remains definitive. It is  perhaps this single record more than any other, that made clear that Rich had an astonishing  capacity to write and perform black music.
 
In fact, if one factors out the seemingly endless middle of the road dross of his latter career,  Charlie Rich may have been the best white soul singer ever to record. What makes this  doubly astounding is his considerable background performing Frank Sinatra/Mel Torme/Tony  Bennett songs, his penchant for big band jazz, and his utter facility writing and performing  country music.
 
Other than his own bluesy compositions, Rich was obviously affected by the work of Chuck  Willis. Two tunes (recorded in 1960) associated with Willis, ''C.C. Rider'' and ''Juanita''  appeared on Rich's LP, issued in 1960. in addition, Willis's ''Too Late'' appeared as one of  Rich's next singles in 1961.
 
But, if there was a recording that embodied Rich's musical values, it was surely ''Who Will  The Next Fool Be''. It was not strictly a pop, country, or rhythm and blues record, but it  borrowed from all three idioms. Using the piano as an extension of his vocal lines, Rich  molded a performance that was agonized and intense. Many performers have tried to  recapture the magic that Rich drew from within himself on that February evening in  Nashville when he first recorded the song, but is stands as a truly definitive performance.  After the session, the master was embalmed with a vocal chorus; when it was finally  stripped and the original cut reissued twenty-five years later, an intensity that had been  partially hidden all that time was finally revealed.

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STUDIO SESSION FOR CHARLIE RICH
FOR SUN RECORDS 1961
 
SAM PHILLIPS RECORDING STUDIO
319 SEVENTH AVENUE NORTH, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11, 1961
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER - SAM PHILLIPS  AND/OR BILLY SHERRILL
RECORDING ENGINEER - JIM LOCKHART AND/OR TOM SPARKMAN
 
Many believe that ''Who Will The Next Fool Be'' is Charlie Rich's masterpiece at Sun. Certainly, it helped solidify his reputation as one of the finest white soul singers ever to grace a studio. The fact that he also wrote and played piano on the track didn't hurt matters either. And knowing that Bobby Blue Bland went right out and covered Rich's record hasn't done much to diminish Charlie's reputation. Interestingly, Bland was not simply covering the song for the black stations and stores.
 
Rich was already getting attention there. A lot of black buyers had no idea that Charlie Rich was a white man. Indeed, Charlie's best music really transcend race and category. All of which makes it hard to imagine that a man capable of such passion and soul could record the dreck he produced late in his career.
 
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 396 - Master (2:20)
Recorded: - February 11, 1961
Released: - February 24, 1961
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3566-A mono
WHO WILL THE NEXT FOOL BE / CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-3-9 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6

It is unclear whether Rich recorded these sides in Nashville or whether the Madison Avenue studio in Memphis was in the process of being tamed. Both logic and aural evidence suggests that Nashville was the birthplace. This flipside, ''Caught In The Middle'', is again a well constructed song and beautiful performance. The criticism most often levelled at this track is that the arrangement is a bit too cutesy. Musically, Rich is again on his game. The little 4-bar piano break is a gem and the key modulation at the end is deftly handled.

Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 397 - Master (2:28)
Recorded: - February 11, 1961
Released: - February 24, 1961
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3566-B mono
CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE / WHO WILL THE NEXT FOOL BE
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-3/10 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6
 
''Just A Little Bit Sweet'' seems almost like a trite pop/country song. But that judgement is superficial. There are vintage Richisms here – the little two-bar instrumental fills at the vocal line, the gospelly diminished chords and the fine churchy finale after ''Come on, come on, come on...''.
 
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Knox Music Incorporated
Matrix number: - P 408 - Master (2:18)
Recorded: - February 11, 1961
Released: - September 1961
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 45rpm standard single PI 3572-A mono
JUST A LITTLE BIT SWEET / IT'S TOO LATE
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15806-3-22 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 6
 
THE NEXT TIME
Composer: - Charlie Rich
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None
Recorded: - February 11, 1961
Released: - Sun Unissued/Lost
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Charlie Rich - Vocal & Piano
Kelton D. Kelso Herston - Guitar
Hank Garland - Guitar
Buddy Harmon - Drums
Jerry Tutle - Organ
Unknown - Saxophone
Unknown - Chorus & Strings
 
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FEBRUARY 12, 1961 SUNDAY

Bobby Rydell begins a six week European tour.

Paul Anka is on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show.

FEBRUARY 13, 1961 MONDAY

Frank Sinatra creates Reprise Records. Purchased by Warner Bros., the label eventually develops country hits for such acts as Dwight Yoakam, Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers, Gordon Lightfood and Carlene Carter.

Clarence White and Roland White appear as member of The Country Boys on an episode of the CBS sitcom ''The Andy Griffith Show''.

FEBRUARY 15, 1961 WEDNESDAY

Burl Ives recorded ''A Little Bitty Tear'' in an afternoon session at the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

While relaxing Jackie Wilson is shot by a female fan who then attempts suicide. Wilson claims he was trying to take the gun when it went off. The bullet hits him in the stomach. He is taken to Roosevelt Hospital. The bullet is in a position where it can't be removed and is left lodged in his back.

Billy Ward and the His Dominoes are at Miami's Eden Roc Hotel.

FEBRUARY 16, 1961 THURSDAY

The Miracles' "Shop Around" (Tamla #54034) reaches number one, remaining three weeks. It was Motown's first major hit.

MID FEBRUARY 1961

The Bombers, formerly the Jive Bombers, are at the Pillow Talk in New York City.

FEBRUARY 17, 1961 FRIDAY

The Coasters, Ike and Tina Turner Chuck Jackson and the Capris are at Washington's Howard Theater.

FEBRUARY 19, 1961 SUNDAY

Bill Black's Combo performs an instrumental medley on ''The Ed Sullivan Show''. The medley includes a version of ''Don't Be Cruel'', a song on which Black played bass for his former employer, Elvis Presley.

In London, Bobby Rydell appears on British TV's Sunday Night at the Palladium.

Dave Cortez is at the Randolph Social Club in Philadelphia.

FEBRUARY 21, 1961 TUESDAY

The Shirelles sing ''Will You still Love Me Tomorrow'' and ''Dedicated To the One I Love'', on American Bandstand.

FEBRUARY 22, 1961 WEDNESDAY

Ray Charles sings ''Georgia On My Mind'' on NBC-TV's Perry Como Show.

You can tell it's a single, Ricky Nelson sings, ''You Are The Only One'' for the third time in two months on ''The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet''. It's a single, but not a hit.

FEBRUARY 23, 1961 THURSDAY

Elvis Presley headlines two shows at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis. These are his first concerts since 1957 and raise $50,00 for charities in Memphis and Tupelo.

FEBRUARY 24, 1961 FRIDAY

PI 3566 ''Who Will The Next Fool Be'' b/w Caught In The Middle'' by Charlie Rich issued.

Sun 356 ''What'd I Say'' b/w ''Livin' Lovin' Wreck'' by Jerry Lee Lewis issued. Billboard reviews in a March 11, 1961 article that ''What'd I Say'', ''Rock songster, pianist offers a contagious driving look at the familiar Ray Charles number. String sound that could make noise'' and that ''Livin' Lovin' Wreck'' is another persuasive sock affair from the performer''.

Sam Cooke is at the Apollo for a week. Opening acts are Little Anthony and the Imperials and Aretha Franklin.

Brook Benton begins a sixteen day tour of England.

Bobby Rydell is the headliner at France's first annual rock and roll festival Festival du Rock.

FEBRUARY 25, 1961 SATURDAY

Elvis Presley performs his first concert at Ellis Auditorium since returning from the Army, and a charity event in Memphis. Tennessee Governor Buford Ellington and Memphis mayor Henry Loeb both declare 'Elvis Presley Day'. At a special luncheon at the Hotel Claridge, Elvis is presented by RCA with a diamond-studded watch to honor record sales of more than 75 million. Buford Ellington the Governor of Tennessee makes Elvis an honorary Colonel by giving him the title 'Colonel, Aide de Camp on the Governor's Staff'.

Prior to the shows, a luncheon was held in Elvis' honor at the Claridge Hotel in downtown Memphis. The $100-per-plate event raised $17,000, thanks in part to the donation of food and service by the Claridge. RCA presented Elvis with a diamond watch, and a plaque, marking his achievement of selling over 75 million records.

FEBRUARY 27, 1961 MONDAY

Capitol released Faron Young's ''Hello Walls''.

Marty Robbins' ''Don't Worry'', featuring a signature fuzz guitar solo, hits number 1 on the Billboard country chart.

Fats Domino begins a week at Sciolla's Club in Philadelphia.

FEBRUARY 28, 1961 TUESDAY

Carl Mann perform at the Delta Club located at Old Highway 18 in Blytheville, Arkansas. Also on the bill Jimmy Hagget, and the Daydreamers. Showtime 9:00 p.m.

MARCH 1, 1961 WEDNESDAY
 
Davis Daniel is born in Arlington, Illinois. With a voice compared to Keith Whitley and Lefty Frizzell, he notches one minor hit in 1991 with ''For Crying Out Loud''.
 
MARCH 3, 1961 FRIDAY
 
Bobby Rydell ens European Tour In England.
 
James Brown is at the Apollo in New York.
 
Sam Cooke at the Royal Theater in Baltimore.
 
Jimmy Charles Headlines the Howard Theater. Also on the bill are the Bobettes, the Clovers, the Vibrations and Jimmy Jones.
 
MARCH 4, 1961 SATURDAY
 
Burl Ives guests on an episode of the NBC music series ''The Bell Telephone Hour''.
 
MARCH 7, 1961 TUESDAY
 
Buck Owens takes a whack at recording ''Save The Last Dance For Me'' at the Capitol Recording Studio in Los Angeles. The track is unreleased, but a subsequent version will become a hit.
 
MARCH 8, 1961 WEDNESDAY
 
Elvis Presley is lauded by the Tennessee State Legislature in Nashville for ''bringing fame to Memphis and Tennessee throughout the nation''.
 
Billy ''Crash'' Craddock holds his first session in a recording contract with Mercury at the Bradley Studio in Nashville, California.
 
MARCH 10, 1961 FRIDAY
 
Marty Robbins recorded ''It's Your World'' during an overnight session at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
Jeff Barry signs his first songwriting contract, with Trinity Music. He goes on to author such country hits as Jody Miller's ''Be My Baby'', The Bellamy Brothers' ''Lie To You For Your Love'' and Olivia Newton-John's ''I Honestly Love You''.
 
EARLY MARCH 1961
 
Chuck Berry id touring around Jamaica in the British west Indies. 
 
Gene Pitney is touring the West Coast.
 
Freddie Bell and the Bellboys are at Riverside Hotel in Reno.
 
The Pono-Tails are appearing at the Holiday Inn and Casino in Reno.
 
Sam Cooke is at the Howard Theater along with the Rochelles and the Candles.
 
LaVern Baker headlines the Apollo in Harlem, New York.
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STUDIO SESSION FOR THE TEENANGELS
FOR SUN RECORDS 1961
 
ROGERS MELOTONE RECORDING STUDIO
MOBILE, ALABAMA
SUN SESSION: UNKNOWN DATE MARCH 1961
SESSION HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – PROBABLY OTTO ROGERS
 
Composer: - Jimmy Otto Rogers
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Hi-Lo Music Incorporated – Stairway Music
Matrix number: - U 497 - Master – D.J. Copy (2:33)
Recorded: - Unknown Date March 1961
Released: - Only Issued As Promo – Leased April 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 388-A mono
AIN'T GONNA LET YOU / TELL ME MY LOVE
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1/15 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
 
Now here's an anomalous release – in fact, not even a release. In 1956, Jimmie Otto Rogers ( born on August 17, 1928 and died on October 26, 1997) was the  son of Bluebird country star Jesse Rogers and cousin of yodelin' Jimmie Rogers, came to Sun with Luke McDaniel. They'd already written one rockabilly classic, ''Midnight Shift'' (which Rogers had written under his mother's name, Ainsworth), and they had several more they wanted to get recorded.
 
They feisty McDaniel recognized that Sun was the place to be, but he and Sam Phillips fell out before anything was released. Rogers and McDaniel went on to write the honky tonk classic ''You're Still On My Mind'', and then they fell out.
 
In 1958, Rogers went back to Mobile, Alabama to work as a songwriter and independent producer. He sold masters to Top Rank, Roulette, Dot, and other labels, and in April 1963 he sold two acts to Sun, the Teenangels and the Quintones.
 
The Teenangels consisted of Patricia Patrick, Terry Everett, and Bonnie Daugherty, and they recorded these two songs in March 1961 at Roger's Melotone Studio. The record wasn't officially released. Sun pressed promo copies, but Rogers was dissatisfied the the promotional effort Sun was putting into it and grabbed the masters back. We have no idea what happened to the group, although the congressman for the Mobile area is a Terry Everett. An ex-Teenangel perhaps?

The Teenagels were clearly fashioned after The Fleetwood's, a best-selling act in 1961. In fact, the Teenangels even look like the Fleetwoods. By late 1963, when the disc would have appeared, the Fleetwoods sound was well past its prime and Sun's promotional efforts were best described as minimal. Indeed, the label only issued six singles in all of 1964. Nevertheless, there is an engaging, almost homemade quality to this sides which recalls not only the Fleedwoods, but the minimal production used on Thomas Wayne's 1959 Fernwood record ''Tragedy''.

Composer: - Jimmy Otto Rogers
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Knox Music Incorporated – Stairway Music
Matrix number: - U 498 - Master – D.J. Copy (2:46)
Recorded: - Unknown Date March 1961
Released: - Only Issued As Promo – Leased April 1963
First appearance: - Sun Records (S) 45rpm standard single Sun 388-B mono
TELL ME MY LOVE / AIN'T GONNA LET YOU
Reissued: - 1998 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm BCD 15805-1/16 mono
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
 
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
The Teenangels consisting of
Patricia Patrick – Vocal
Terry Everett – Vocal
Bonnie Daugherty – Vocals
More Details Unknown
 
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MARCH 10, 1961 FRIDAY

Sun 358 ''U.T. Party Part I'' b/w ''U.T. Party Part II'' by George Klein issued.

MARCH 11, 1961 SATURDAY

Ray Price's driver steers his bus off Highway 90 south of Valentine, Texas, to avoid a pickup truck when it pulls up onto the pavement from the side of the road. The driver's maneuver likely saves lives, though the bus breaks in two.

Percussionist Randy Hardison is born. He plays on several Darryl Worley hits, ''A Good Day To Run'', ''Second Wind'' and ''When You Need My Love''.

MARCH 12, 1961 SUNDAY

After giving him a two-week tryout, Gene Autry's expansion Los Angeles Angels drop hopeful baseball player Charley Pride during spring training in Palm Springs.

Elvis Presley recorded ''I Feel So Bad'' at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. The song was originally written and originally recorded by Chuck Willis in 1953. Presley recorded this version of the song following the arrangements by Willis and his singing style. Presley's version reached number 5 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 in 1961 and number 15 on Billboard's Top 20 rhythm and blues singles chart the same year. The song, which was released on a AA-sided single in the United Kingdon backed with ''Wild In The Country'', reached number 4 on the singles chart, also in 1961.

MARCH 13, 1961 MONDAY

Chuck Berry, the author of ''Johnny B. Goode'', is tried in St. Louis, Missouri, for the third time in 13 months for violating the Mann Act, a federal statute designed to combat prostitution. He is ultimately found guilty and given a three-year sentence.

Ricky Nelson recorded his pop hit ''Travelin' Man'' with Glen Campbell playing guitar.

The Capris sing ''There's A Moon Out Tonight'' on American Bandstand.

MID MARCH 1961

Danny and the Juniors begin European Tour.

The Coasters are appearing at the Summit in Hollywood.

MARCH 14, 1961 TUESDAY

Hank Locklin recorded ''You're The Reason'' and ''Happy Birthday To Me'' at Nashville's RCA Studio B.

MARCH 15, 1961 WEDNESDAY

Ray Charles refuses to play segregated concert in Augusta, Georgia, costing him $757 for breach of contract. The next year, Charles crosses the seemingly segregated worlds of country and rhythm and blues with ''Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music''.

George Hamilton IV recorded ''Three Steps To The Phone (Millions Of Miles)'' at Nashville's RCA Studio B.

MARCH 15, 1961 WEDNESDAY

Eddie Bond performed at the Delta Club located at Old Highway 18, Blythville, Arkansas. Also on the bill were Jimmy Hagget and The Daydreamers, and John Hughey, and local Caprock recording artists from KBOA.

Gene McDaniels performs ''A Hundred Pounds Of Clay'' on American Bandstand.

MARCH 16, 1961 THURSDAY

The Echoes sing ''Baby Blue'' on American Bandstand.

The 15-minute Walt Disney cartoon ''The Saga Of Windwagon Smith'' appears in theaters, with Rex Allen narrating.

MARCH 17, 1961 FRIDAY

''Five Star Jubilee'' debuts on NBC, with five rotating stars hosting the country music variety show from Springfield, Missouri. The hosts, Rex Allen, Snooky Lanson, Tex Ritter, Carl Smith and Jimmy Wakely.

Chubby Checker headlines Chicago's Regal theater. Also on the bill are Joe Jones, the Drifters, Maxine Brown, Chuck Jackson, Jimmy Charles and the Blue Notes.

Sam Cooke goes to the British west Indies for concerts in Jamaica, Kingston, Trinidad and Montego Bay. Ticket sales are estimated at $45,000

MARCH 20, 1961 MONDAY

Ray Charles severs a tendon and an artery in his left hand and requires four pints of blood. The following year he makes an unlikely impact on country music with the release of ''Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music''.

MARCH 21, 1961 TUESDAY

Spade Cooley, married for 15 years, proposes to singer Anita Aros while she recovers from a concussion at Los Angeles' Good Samaritan Hospital. In the summer, during his trail for the murder of his wife, Aros will testify she thought he was joking.

MARCH 23, 1961 THURSDAY

A major rock and roll show at the Paramount in Newark, New Jersey features the Shirelles, the Olympics, Shep and the Limelites and Lenny Miles.

Elvis Presley recorded ''Can't Help Falling In Love'' on the 29th take at Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

MARCH 24, 1961 FRIDAY

Bobby Rydell is playing the Lotus Club in Washington, D.C.

MARCH 25, 1961 SATURDAY

Elvis Presley performs at Block Arena in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, his last concert for nearly wight years. He donates $5,000 to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Fund to the sailors when the USS Arizona was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This will be Presley's last live concert and raises $52,000, also joins on the appearance by Minnie Pearl.

''Slipping Around'' singer Margaret Whiting secures a divorce from Panavision movie executive John Richard Moore in Santa Monica, California.

MARCH 27, 1961 MONDAY

Elvis Presley begins three weeks of shooting in Hawaii for the movie ''Blue Hawaii''.

Reprise Records released its first album, Frank Sinatra's ''Ring-a-Ding Ding!''. The label goes on to success in country music, with such artists as Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Blake Sheldon and Michael Peterson.

''Gotta Travel On'' songwriter Pete Seeger goes on trail in New York for contempt of Congress. His attorney argues his rights were violated during a 1956investication by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

MARCH 28, 1961 TUESDAY

The Larks and Chuck Jackson are guests on American Bandstand.

MARCH 29, 1961 WEDNESDAY

March 29 is declared Brenda Lee Day by Decca Records and Governor Ernest Vandiver of Georgia. A 125,000 copies are sold today.

MARCH 31, 1961 FRIDAY

Bill and Bettye Anderson have their first child, daughter Terri Lee Anderson.

Jocko's Rocketship Revue at the Apollo Theater features Clyde McPhatter. The Blue Note, Baby Washington, Shep and the Limelites, Bobby Freeman and the Larks.

Bob Luman is discharged from the Army, April 2 The Biggest Show of Stars for 61 begins at the Uline Arena in Washington, DC. The tour includes headliners Fats Domino, the Shirelles, and Chubby Checker. Also the Drifters, Bo Diddley, Ben E. King, the Shells and Chuck Jackson.

MARCH/MAY 1961

Jerry Lee Lewis plays in Memphis, St. Louis, Fall River, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island.

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