NOVEMBER 1, 1960 THUESDAY
RCA Victor released Elvis Presley's ''Are You Lonesome Tonight'', it was an immediate success in the United States, topping Billboard's Pop
Singles chart and reaching number three on the rhythm and blues. A month after the song's release, it topped the United Kingdom Chart. Presley's version was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1961 and upgraded to double
platinum in 1992.
NOVEMBER 2, 1960 WEDNESDAY
Damita Jo performs "I'll Save The Last Dance For You," the answer to the current Drifters hit, on American Bandstand.
Johnny Horton visits his mother in Rusk, Texas, where they reminisce
with family photo album and he tells her he's had premonitions of his death. He dies in a car accident three days later.
NOVEMBER 3, 1960 THURSDAY
Johnny Burnette sings "Your Sixteen" on American
Coral released the album ''In Style With The Crickets'', featuring the first version of ''I Fought The
Law'', written by group member Sonny Curtis. Hank Williams Jr. turns it into a country hit in 1978.
Alan Shelton is born. He becomes a member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys.
Merle Haggard is released from
San Quentin Prison and allowed to complete the more than two years remaining of his sentence on parole.
4, 1960 FRIDAY
Kim Forester is born in Fort Oglethorpe. She joins three siblings to form The Forester Sisters, whose
thick, genetic harmonies, partially influenced by gospel music, create 15 hits in the late-180s.
Johnny Horton performs
in what proves to be his final show at The Skyline Club in Austin, Texas. The club also provided the setting for Hank Williams' final concert.
NOVEMBER 5, 1960 SATURDAY
Johnny Horton following a show at the Skyline Club in Austin,
Texas is killed in an automobile accident. Also injured, manager Tillman Franks and guitarist Tommy Tomlinson. Horton's last words before the accident, ''You know, Tillman, the Lord's been
real good to me this year''.
JoAnn Campbell, Brian Hyland and Dion guests on Saturday Prom.
Drummer Ken Coomer is born in Nashville. He joins the alternate country band Uncle Tupelo, later following Jeff Tweedy into the offshoot
''Dear Oakie'' songwriter Doye O'Dell is a train conducter during the week's episode of the NBC western ''The
Johnny Cash recorded the title track to the B-movie ''Five Minutes To Live'' in Nashville. Following
the session, he travels to Shreveport to console Billie Jean Horton after Johnny Horton died in a car accident.
6, 1960 SUNDAY
The Biggest Show of Stars 60 closes in Richmond, Virginia.
NOVEMBER 7, 1960 MONDAY
Elvis Presley begins filming Wild in the Country.
Sam Cooke is at the Sciolla's Club in Philadelphia.
Carter dies in Kingsport, Tennessee. With his wife Sara and her cousin Maybelle Carter, The Original Carter Family became one of the genre's pioneering groups with A.P. credited as a writer of such titles as ''Keep On The Sunny Side'' and ''Will The Circle
Be Unbroken''. They join the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970.
NOVEMBER 8, 1960 TUESDAY
Johnny Horton is buried in Bossier City, Louisiana. Johnny cash reads John 20 at Rose-Neath Chapel during the funeral, also attended by
record producer Don Law, singer and songwriter Merle Kilgore, Tillman Franks and Jimmie Davis.
Johnny and the Huricanes
are at Rand's night club in Washington.
Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy wins the United States Presidential election
after defeating current Vice President, Richard Nixon, at the polls. Kennedy was the first Catholic and the youngest person to be elected at 43 years old. He was a Harvard educated, World War II veteran who came from one of the country’s wealthiest families.
He previously held office as a U.S. Senator for the state of Massachusetts. Kennedy became a wildly popular leader, despite his narrow win against Nixon, as he faced tense situations and private and public drama during the early years of the cold war. He was
assassinated, tragically, in November of 1963.
NOVEMBER 9, 1960 WEDNESDAY
Shooting begins on Elvis Presley's ''Wild In The Country'' in Napa, California.
Don Winters recorded his lone country hit, ''Too Many Times''.
NOVEMBER 11, 1960 FRIDAY
George Hamilton IV has a son, George Hamilton V, in Nashville.
PI 3565 ''Gone And Left Me Blues'' b/w ''Your Fool'' by Jimmy Louis issued.
Little Willie John headlines Chicago's Regal Theater. Santo and Johnny are on American Bandstand playing "Twistin'
NOVEMBER 12, 1960 SATURDAY
Sam Cooke and Bill Black's Combo are on Saturday Prom.
Locklin joins the Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee.
NOVEMBER 14, 1960 MAANDAG
Time magazine coins the term ''The Nashville Sound'', applied to country records that use a softened approach in an attempt to gain broad
appeal. The phrase becomes standard Music City jargon.
Billboard reports Johnny Cash has purchased a stable of racehorses,
including one named I Walk The Line.
The singles, Sun 349 ''I Gotta Know (Where I Stand)'' b/w ''Is It Too Late''
by Tony Rossini; Sun 350/Sun 1960 ''Yulesville USA'' b/w ''Rockin' Old Lang Syne'' by The Rockin' Stockings; Sun 351 ''You Don't Love Me'' b/w ''More Than Anything'' by Ira Jay II; Sun 352 ''When I Get Paid'' b/w ''Love's Made A Fool Of Me'' by Jerry Lee Lewis;
Reissue of Sun 353 ''Sweet And Easy'' b/w ''Devil Doll'' by Roy Orbison all issued.
NOVEMBER 15, 1960 TUESDAY
Record producer and guitarist Dann Huff is born in Nashville. He oversees country hits by Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Brantley
Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift and The Band Perry, among others.
NOVEMBER 16, 1960 WEDNESDAY
Patsy Cline recorded ''I Fall To Pieces'' during an afternoon session at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
The John Wayne movie ''North To Alaska'' debuts. The theme song is sung by Johnny Horton, who died 11 days earlier.
Actor Clark Gable dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles. Noted for his work in ''Gone With The Wind'' and ''It Happened
One Night'', he's recalled more than a decade later in the lyrics of The Statler Brothers' ''Do You Remember These''.
17, 1960 THURSDAY
Grandpa Jones and Ramona have their third child, a daughter, Alisa Jones.
NOVEMBER 18, 1960 FRIDAY
Jackie Wilson headlines at the
Apollo. Johnny Tillotson headlines the "Show of Stars" at the Memorial Auditorium in in Utica, New York.
NOVEMBER 19, 1960 SATURDAY
Larry Verne, Jimmy Clanton Paul Evans are
on Saturday Prom.
NOVEMBER 21, 1960 MONDAY
Neil Sedaka performs "Calendar Girl" on American Bandstand.
George Harrison is deported from Hamburg, West Germany, when authorities discover he's under 18, and not of legal and to perform in clubs. Harrison goes on to write ''Something'', a country hit for Johnny Rodriguez.
NOVEMBER 22, 1960 TUESDAY
Lewis Pruitt recorded ''Crazy Bullfrog''.
NOVEMBER 23, 1960 WEDNESDAY
Paramount Pictures released Elvis Presley's first post-Army movie, ''G.I. Blues''.
Porter Wagoner recorded ''Your Old Love Letters'' in a morning session at Nashville's RCA Studio B.
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans are grand marshals of the Santa Claus Lane parade in Hollywood, attended by 100,000 fans.