OCTOBER 10, 1956 WEDNESDAY
The movie ''Giant'' premieres, starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor
and the late James Dean. Years later, Taylor's role in the picture inspires The Statler Brothers' Jimmy Fortune to write ''Elizabeth''. Also in the movie, Shen Wooley and Ray Whitley.
A New Jersey woman testifies in court that her husband hit her because she's a fan of Elvis Presley. The husband, a Bing Crosby fan, claims she hit him, too. The judge finds both innocent of assault charges.
OCTOBER 13, 1956 SATURDAY
Ricky Nelson and the Nelson family appear on the cover of TV Guide.
OCTOBER 16, 1956 TUESDAY
George Morgan recorded ''There Goes My Love''.
Little Richard recorded the rhythm and blues hit ''Send Me Some Lovin'''at J&M Studio in New Orleans. Hank Williams Jr. and Lois Johnson will earn a country hit by remaking the song 15 years later.
OCTOBER 18, 1956 THURSDAY
When Elvis Presley stops at a Memphis gas station, fans cause a scene, and
station owner Ed Hoper pops Elvis in the head. Presley gives Hopper a black eye. They are booked, with one other participant for assault. Charges against Presley are dropped.
five months after playing on the classic ''Be-Bop-A-Lula'', Cliff Gallup takes part in his final recording session as a member of Gene Vincent's Blue Caps.
RCA Victor released Elvis Presley's second album, ''Elvis'' (RCA Victor LPM-1302).
Sax player and band leader Isham Jones dies in Hollywood. He wrote ''It Had To Be You'', ''You're In The Army Now'' and ''My Best To You'', an Eddy Howard pop hit that was re-constructed for the country charts by the Sons Of The Pioneers.
OCTOBER 20, 1956 SATURDAY
Fiddler Benny Martin makes his first solo appearance on the Grand Ole
Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
OCTOBER 21, 1956 SUNDAY
Fisher is born in Berverly Hills. The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the ''Star Wars'' actress marries Paul Simon in 1983, three years after his song ''The Boxer'' became a hit for Emmylou Harris.
OCTOBER 22, 1956 MONDAY
Decca released The Wilburn Brothers' ''Go Away With Me''.
Capitol released Wanda Jackson's ''Silver Threads And Golden Needles''. The song becomes a hit for Linda Ronstadt in 1974.
Dwight Yoakam is born in Pikeville, Kentucky. With an edgy vocal style and a proclivity for roots music, he becomes one of country's most creative forces,
augmenting such iconic hits as ''Honky Tonk Man'', ''Ain't That Lonely Yet'' and ''Fast As You'' with a side career as an actor.
A very different African American artist, Rosco Gordon had an affiliation with Sam Phillips that predated Sun Records. In the early 1950s, Phillips recorded him for RPM, Chess and Duke. Returning to Phillips
in 1955, Rosco cut four singles that remained true to his credo while staying up on what was happening. The third in 1956, ''Cheese And Crackers'', was co-credited to Hayden Thompson. Gordon said that he found the song fragment on the piano. Thompson said
he met Gordon next door to Sun at Dell Taylor's Cafe and insisted that they wrote it together there. ''Hayden Thompson'' said Rosco. ''No, I never met him. Never heard of him''. Billboard gave it a nomination as ''Far Out Record of the Week'' on January 5,
1957, adding, in its review that, ''cat is on a real screaming kick... a far-out novelty that youngsters may dig''. Sadly, not so, Rosco's last Sun single was a sweetly anomalous slice of black rockabilly, ''Sally Jo''. It would take a move to Vee-Jay to get
his career back on track.