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
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,
The Johnny Horton classic ''North To Alaska''
goes on to number 1 in Billboard chart.
JANUARY 10, 1961
Buzz Clifford sings "Baby Sittin' Boogieon American
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
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 Prom features the Playmates and Johnny
and the Hurricanes.
Mickey and Sylvia appear on American
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
Stevens, Bobby Rydell and Chubby Checker complete a tour of Australia.
Frankie Lymon sings Silhouttes in American Bandstand.
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
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.