SEPTEMBER 10, 1954 FRIDAY
Elvis Presley starts recording
sessions that yield ''Good Rockin' Tonight'' and ''I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine'' at Memphis' Sun Recording Studio.
Webb Pierce tries his hand
at Jimmie Rodgers' ''In The Jailhouse Now'' during a session at the Castle Studio in Nashville. Unhappy with the result, he recorded the final version a dozen weeks later.
11, 1954 SATURDAY
Porter Wagoner recorded ''A Satisfied Mind'' and ''Eat, Drink And Be Merry (Tomorrow You'll Cry)'' at the KWTO Radio studio in Springfield,
Missouri, at a cost of $40, two days after RCA let his contract lapse.
SEPTEMBER 12, 1954 SUNDAY
''The Kollege Of Musical Knowlege'' airs for the final time on NBC-TV, with Tennessee Ernie Ford hosting the game show.
is broadcast for the first time and is an American television series that follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog named Lassie and her companions, both human and animal. The show was the creation of producer Robert Maxwell and animal trainer Rudd
Weatherwax and was televised from September 12, 1954, to March 25, 1973. The fourth longest-running U.S. Primetime television series after The Simpsons, and Law and Order, the show chalked up 17 seasons on CBS before entering first-run syndication for its
final two seasons. Initially filmed in black and white, the show transitioned to color in 1965.
The show's first 10 seasons follow Lassie's adventures
in a small farming Community. Fictional eleven-year-old Jeff Miller, his mother, and his grandfather are Lassie's first human companions until seven-year-old Timmy Martin and his adoptive parents take over in the fourth season. When Lassie's exploits on the
farm end in the eleventh season, she finds new adventures in the wilderness alongside United States Service Rangers. After traveling on her own for a year, Lassie finally settles at a children's home for her final two syndicated seasons.
Lassie received critical favor at its debut and won two Emmy Awards in its first years. Stars Jan Clayton and June Lockhart were nominated for Emmys. Merchandise produced
during the show's run included books, a Halloween costume, clothing, toys, and other items. Campbell's Soup, the show's lifelong sponsor, offered two premiums (a ring and a wallet), and distributed thousands to fans. A multi-part episode was edited into the
feature film Lassie's Great Adventure and released in August 1963. Selected episodes have been released to DVD.
SEPTEMBER 13, 1954 MONDAY
Eddy Arnold recorded ''Christmas Can't Be Far Away'' at the RCA Victor Studios in New York City.
Columbia released Ray Price and His Cherokee Cowboys' single ''If You Don't, Somebody Else Will'', and Hank Thompson's ''The New Green Light''.
SEPTEMBER 14, 1954 TUESDAY
George Jones marries his second wife, Shirley Ann Corley in Houston.
Barry Cowsill, of the pop group The Cowsills, is born in Newport, Rhode Island. The group scores hits with ''The Rain, The Park And Other Things'', ''Hair'' and ''Indian Lake'', which is remade
several years laster as a country hit by Freddy Weller.
SEPTEMBER 15, 1954 WEDNESDAY
Eddy Arnold recorded ''I've Been Thinking'' and ''Don't Forget'' at the RCA Studios in New York City.
16, 1954 THURSDAY
Eddy Arnold recorded ''Two Kinds Of Love'' and ''In Time'' at RCA's New York studios.
A confused Woody Guthrie checks into Brooklyn State Hospital in New York voluntarily. Guthrie has been suffering for several years from Huntington's chorea, a rare neurological disease.
SEPTEMBER 20, 1954 MONDAY
Columbia released Carl Smith's double-sided
single, ''Loose Talk'' backed with ''More Than Anything Else In The World''.
Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow and Roy Acuff perform a three-hour show in Montgomery,
Alabama, as the city spends the weekend saluting the late Hank Williams.
SEPTEMBER 21, 1954 TUESDAY
A 10-foot marble memorial is unveiled at the gravesite of Hank Williams in Montgomery, Alabama, following a parade in the late star's honor that draws 60,000 people. The marker bears the inscription ''I Saw
SEPTEMBER 22, 1954 WEDNESDAY
Records released Elvis Presley's ''Good Rockin' Tonight'' (Sun 210), a number-one 1948 rhythm and blues hit by leather-lunged blues shouter Wynonie Harris, backed with a casually delivered, Dean Martin-styled version of ''I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine'',
a number originally written for the 1950 Disney animated feature ''Cinderella''.
SEPTEMBER 26, 1954 SUNDAY
Glendale, Arizona, mayor H.L. Schrey declares Marty Robbins Day.
Guitarist Cesar Rosas
is born in Hermosillo, Mexico. He joins the Los Angeles band Los Lobos, whose ''Will The Wolf Survive'' is ranked among the 500 greatest country singles in the Country Music Foundation's book ''Heartaches By The Number''.
John Mattea marries Ruth Ann Cappellanti is St. Augustine, West Virginia. The union produces a future country star, Kathy Mattea.
SEPTEMBER 27, 1954 MONDAY
Capitol Records breaks ground in Hollywood for its new tower, the first round office building
in the world. The Capitol Recording Studios will also be the site for sessions by Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam and Taylor Swift.
Tonight Show'' premieres on NBC. Originally called ''Tonight'', it's first hosted by Steve Allen, some four years after the comedian wrote a country crossover hit, ''Let's Go Church (Next Sunday Morning)'' by Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely.
SEPTEMBER 29, 1954 WEDNESDAY
Kitty Wells and Red Foley recorded
the Roy Acuff-penned ''As Long As I Live'', ''No One But You'', ''Make Believe ('Til We Can Make It Come True)'' and ''You And Me'' during an evening session at the KWTO Studio in Springfield, Missouri.
Songwriter Nancy Montgomery is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She pens Eddy Raven's ''I Wanna Hear It From You'', The McCarters' ''The Gift'' and Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's ''Love Can't Ever Get Better Than This''.