Sam Phillips cuts auditions of Rosco Gordon for Modern Records.
Modern accept Walter Horton's demo's and Sam Phillips duly cuts a session for Modern Records.
Studio session for Rosco Gordon at the Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee.
2, 1951 FRIDAY
MGM released Hank Williams' ''Cold Cold Heart'' and ''Dear John''.
oil business provides the backdrop for a Roy Rogers film as ''Spoilers Of The West'' debuts in theaters. Foy Willing and The Riders Of The Purple Sage join Rogers on the silver screen.
FEBRUARY 3, 1951 SATURDAY
Songwriter Linda Hargrove is born in Tallahassee, Florida. She writes ''Let It Shine'', for Olivia Newton-John; ''Tennessee
Whiskey'', for George Jones; and ''Just Get Up And Close The Door'', for Johnny Rodriguez.
FEBRUARY 8, 1951 THURSDAY
Pop vocalist Mary McCreary is born in San Francisco, California. In 1965, she marries future country hitmaker Leon Russell.
Billy Walker holds his first recording session in a new agreement with Columbia Records, at the Jim Beck Recording Studio in Dallas, Texas.
FEBRUARY 14, 1951 WEDNESDAY
Michael Doucet is born in Scott, Louisiana. In 1975, he forms BeauSoleil,
a Cajun group that joins Mary Chapin Carpenter for her 1991 hit ''Down At The Twist And Shout''.
FEBRUARY 17, 1951 SATERDAY
Zeb Turner recorded ''Chew Tobacco Rag'' at the King Recording Studio in Cincinnati.
FEBRUARY 18, 1951 SUNDAY
Isabel Preysler is born in The Philippines. In 1971, she marries ''To All The Girls I've Loved Before'' singer Julio Iglesias.
FEBRUARY 20, 1951 TUESDAY
Kathie Baillie, of Baillie & The Boys, is born in Morristown, New Jersey. She sings on seven Top 10 singles for the trio
which becomes a duo after its first album from 1987-1990, including ''Oh Heart'', ''Long Shot'' and ''(I Wish I Had A) Heart Of Stone''.
FEBRUARY 21, 1951 WEDNESDAY
Keyboard player Vince Welnick is born in Phoenix. He joins the jam band The Grateful Dead in 1973, more than 20 years before the group is mentioned in the lyrics of Lonestar's ''No News''.
In February, Sam Phillips sent the Bihari brothers sample dubs on another artist in
whom he had a strong belief, a piano player with a quirky, almost childlike sense of his own inimitability. Rosco Gordon was twenty-two-yeas old and had grown up on Florida Street in South Memphis, not too fat from Beale Street, where, he liked to say, he
had gotten his education. As a teenager he won the Amateur Night contest at the Palace Theater, and he picked up coaching on his piano playing from Billy ''Red'' Love, another young Beale Streeter, whom Rosco, a heavy drinker himself from his teen years, described
affectionately as a ''winehead'' but who could play virtually every style of piano, past, present, and future, with effortless ease.
From the moment Rosco entered the
studio, Sam Phillips liked him. He was a funny little guy with nothing polished about him. He had a long expressive face and an infectious enthusiasm, and he played piano with an amateur ishness that belied Billy ''Red'' Love teaching. His music in fact conveyed
an almost fey whimsically, driven by a distinctive rhythmic approach, a kind of lilting loping beat built on a rudimentary boogie-woogie base.
According to Sam Phillips,
''Rosco was one of my favorite people. He would always come in by himself and sit down and play the piano, in this, very different way, and I thought, Well, you know, maybe we can just make a band out of this thing, we might not need any rhythm other than
the way he plays this piano''. Even so, there was little question he needed a lot of work, and Sam had no idea how the Bihari brothers would react to him, he didn't really give a damn how they reacted to him, so long as they didn't steal Rosco from him, the
main thing was, he didn't want Rosco to change, he didn't want him to go off and try to imitate someone else, he believed in him just as he was, and he did everything in his power to convince Rosco of that, too.
According to Rosco Gordon, ''Sam said, 'What you're playing, nobody in the world id going to play that but you'. Said, 'I don't know what it is. It's not blues, it's not pop, it's not rock. So we gonna call it ''Rosco's Rhythm''.
That's what we called it. That's where that came from''.