One Howlin' Wolf was in Chicago, the Chess brothers tried to create the sound that
Sam Phillips formulated, even to the point of rerecording some of unissued titles from Wolf's Memphis sessions. After a few missed cues, Wolf evolved a slightly modified sound in Chicago and eventually brought Willie Johnson up to join him. He became one of
the seminal figures in postwar blues, which ensured that he spent his last years touring college campuses, where he looked strangely out of place amid a sea of freshly scrubbed, young white faces.
After his death in January 1976, he received a tribute from Sam Phillips: ''He had no voice in the sense of a pretty voice but he had command of every word he spoke. When the beat got going in the studio he would sit there and sing, hypnotizing
himself. Wolf was one of those raw people. Dedicated. Natural''.
Sam Phillips never found a bluesman to equal Howlin' Wolf. He has said that he would never have given
up on him, that he would have recorded him until the day he died. Phillips has even rated Wolf, above Elvis and all others, as his greatest discovery. And even without the private video that Phillips can play in his mind of Wolf performing in his little studio,
his enthusiasm is easy to understand. The bizarre, haunting images that populated Wolf's songs, the quality of his voice, and his frightening energy were the marks of a true original. His music ran the gamut, from purest evil to heartbreaking tenderness. There
was an emotional greatness to Howlin' Wolf, a greatness that Phillips was the first to capture.
OCTOBER 2, 1952 THURSDAY
Shelia Shipley is born in Scottsville, Kentucky. In 1993, she becomes the first woman named to head a major country label when MCA re-activates Decca.
3, 1952 FRIDAY
''The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet'' debuts on ABC-TV with 11-year-old Rocky Nelson in a regular role.
OCTOBER 4, 1952 SATURDAY
RCA released Porter wagoner's debut single, ''Settin' The Woods On Fire''.
OCTOBER 7, 1952 TUESDAY
Lefty Frizzell recorded ''I'm An Old, Old Man (Tryin' To Live While I Can)'' at the Jim Back Studio
in Dallas, Texas.
Red Foley recorded ''Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes''.
OCTOBER 8, 1952 WEDNESDAY
Goldie Hill recorded ''I Let The Stars Get In My Eyes'' in Nashville.
NBC debuts ''Scott Music Hall'',
hosted by Patty Page, the singing rage.
OCTOBER 9, 1952 THURSDAY
Red Foley recorded
''Slaves Of A Hopeless Love Affair''.
OCTOBER 10, 1952 FRIDAY
Marty Robbins' first charted single, ''I'll Go On Alone'', and an duet from Gene Autry with Rosemary Clooney, ''The Night Before Christmas Song''.
OCTOBER 12, 1952 SUNDAY
Faron Young recorded his first hit, ''Goin' Steady'', plus ''I Can't Wait (For The Sun To Go Down)'' at the Castle Studio in Nashville's Tulane Hotel.
OCTOBER 13, 1952 MONDAY
Decca released Bill Monroe's bluegrass classic ''In The Pines''. The recording is hailes among
the 500 greatest country singles ever made in the Country Music Foundation's 2003 book ''Heartaches By The Number''.
Faron Young makes his first appearance on The Louisiana
Hayride at the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport.
After six months with no activity, there is an entry in the Sun check register for $8.16 in phone call(s) to Nashville.
This could be the initial phone discussions with Jim Bulleitt that led to Phillips supplying masters to Bulleitt and Bulleitt eventually becoming a partner in Sun's early 1953 relaunch.
OCTOBER 14, 1952 TUESDAY
Hank Snow recorded ''Honeymoon On A Rocket Ship'' in the evening at Nashville's Brown Brothers Studio.
OCTOBER 15, 1952 WEDNESDAY
Hank Williams signs a document in Montgomery providing for Bobbie Jett
and her child, sired by Williams. As an adult, the baby takes the stage name Jett Williams.
OCTOBER 18, 1952 SATURDAY
Drummer Keith Knudsen is born in Ames, Iowa. He goes on to become a member of rock music's Doobie Brothers and country music's Southern Pacific.
Williams marries Billie Jean Jones Eshliman in Minden, Louisiana. On the way to Shreveport, their car runs out of gas.
OCTOBER 19, 1952 SUNDAY
Charlie Chase is born in Rogersville, Tennessee. Teamed with Lorianne Crook, he becomes a significant TV personality promoting country music, best known for the syndicated show ''Crook and
Hank Williams and Billie Jean Jones repeat their wedding vows from the previous day in front of a New Orleans concert audience.
OCTOBER 20, 1952 MONDAY
Decca released Red Foley's ''Midnight''.
''South Pacific Trail'' appears in movie theaters, with Rex Allen, Slim Pickens and The Republic Rhythm Riders, including Woodwind player Darol Rice.
released Sonny James' first hit, ''That's Me Without You''.
OCTOBER 21, 1952 TUESDAY
player Brent Mydland is born in Munich, Germany. He joins the rock band The Grateful Dead in 1979. The group will be referenced in the 1996 Lonestar country hit ''No News''.
22, 1952 WEDNESDAY
Rhythm and blues singer Carl Carlton is born in Detroit, Michigan. He earns a 1974 hit with the Nashville-originated ''Everlasting Love'', which becomes
a country hit five years later for Narvel Felts.
OCTOBER 24, 1952 FRIDAY
Gray is born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Briefly a member of Exile, he pens Janie Fricke's ''It Ain't Easy Being Easy''' and Alabama's ''Take Me Down'' and ''The Closer You Get''. Gray also recorded three 1984 solo hits and a duet with Tammy Wynette, ''Sometimes
When We Tough''.
OCTOBER 27, 1952 MONDAY
Willie Nelson marries Jewel Matthews
in Cleburne, Texas.