The Biharis announce that they have signed Howlin' Wolf, and the first RPM single
"Mornin' At Midnight" b/w ''Riding In The Moonlight'' (RPM 333) is released. "Mornin'" may have been a misprint on the label, or it may have been a deliberate misspelling because Sam Phillips had already registered "Moanin' At Midnight" with the AFM. Under
AFM regulations at that time, the same song could not be re-recorded for another record label for five years.
"Rocket 88" finally drops off the rhythm and blues charts
after an 18-week run. Brenston has now relocated in Chicago and is touring the West Coast, playing a stint at the Elks Club in Hollywood.
The classic science-fiction
film “The Day the Earth Stood Still” debuted during September of 1951 in New York. The film told the story of an alien and his robot who traveled to Earth to deliver an important message to humankind. “The Day the Earth Stood Still”
was praised by critics and considered to be one of the best movies to be released that year. It was directed by Robert Wise who is also known for directing popular films like 1961’s “West Side Story” and 1965’s “The Sound of Music.”
In 1995 the film was chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress.
SEPTEMBER 1, 1951 SATURDAY
Hank Williams purchases a farm in Williamson County, Tennessee.
Lefty Frizzell's ''Always Later (With Your Kisses)'' ascent to number 1 in Billboard
SEPTEMBER 3, 1951 MONDAY
''Moanin' At Midnight'' backed with ''How
Many More Years'' (Chess 1479) by Howlin' Wolf came out at the end of August 1951 and hit almost immediately on the regional charts. ''Under separate cover I am sending you the number by the Howlin' Wolf that I told you about'' Sam Phillips wrote to his old
colleague WLAC disc jockey Gene Nobles on this day. ''It was released in Memphis last Friday and is already the biggest number in town...no bulls, it is, according to Buster Williams, owned distributor Music sales. 'Moanin' At Midnight' is the side, I know
I'm partial but it is the most different record I ever heard''. didn't doubt for a moment that both sides were masterpieces, and both made the national rhythm and blues charts, with ''How Many More Years'' reaching number 4. But it was ''Moanin' At Midnight''
on which Sam bestowed his ultimate accolade, ''the most different record I ever heard''. Of all the superlatives that he could, and often did, bestow, this was the greatest in his multifarious vocabulary. To Sam Phillips if you weren't doing something different,
you simply weren't doing anything at all.
SEPTEMBER 5, 1951 WEDNESDAY
Jamie Oldaker is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A part of Eric Clapton's band for much of the 1970s and 1980s, he joins The Tractors, whose 1994 hit ''Baby Likes To Rock It'' makes them the first country act to earn a gold debut album with touring.
SEPTEMBER 6, 1951 THURSDAY
Five-year-old Neil Young is discharged from a Toronto hospital after
six-weeks stay with polio. As andult, he writes the country hit ''Are You Ready For The Country'' and ''Love Is A Rose''.
SEPTEMBER 9, 1951 SUNDAY
''Dukes Of Hazzard'' star Tom Wopat is born in Lodi, Wisconsin. He writes earl Thomas Conley's ''Shadow Of A Doubt'', becomes a temporary host of TNN's ''Prime Time Country'', and co-stars
opposite Reba McEntire when she appears in Broadway's ''Annie Get Your Gun''.
Bass player and record producer Buddy Killen moves to Nashville from Florence, Alabama.
He goes on to direct hits for Exile, T.G. Sheppard and Ronnie McDowell, among others.
SEPTEMBER 14, 1951 FRIDAY
MGM released Hank Williams' ''Lonesome Whistle'' and ''Crazy Heart''.
SEPTEMBER 15, 1951 SATURDAY
Rosco Gordon's second RPM single "Saddled The Cow (And Milked The Horse)" b/w "Ouch! Pretty Baby" (RPM 334) enters the Billboard National Rhythm and Blues chart and peaks at number 9 in a five-week stay.
SEPTEMBER 17, 1951 MONDAY
Hank Williams' Hadacol-sponsored tour, with comedians Bob Hope, Minnie
Pearl, Milton Berle, Jack Benny and Jimmy Durante, comes to a screeching halt one month early when Hadacol is sold.
SEPTEMBER 19, 1951 WEDNESDAY
Record producer Daniel Lanois is born in Hull, Quebec. Noted for his work with such rock artists as U2, Peter Gabriel and Bob Dylan, he also oversees session for Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson.
SEPTEMBER 21, 1951 FRIDAY
Cowboy Copas recorded ''Tis Sweet To Be Remembered'' in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Red Foley recorded ''Alabama Jubilee'' in Nashville, Tennessee.
Hawkshaw Hawkins recorded ''Slow
Poke'' in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Columbia released Carl Smith's ''Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way''.
SEPTEMBER 22, 1951 SATURDAY
Lefty Frizzell headlines one of country music's first stadium shows, at Griffith Park in Washington, D.C. The lineup also
features Ernest Tubb, Flatt & Scruggs, Moon Mullican, Carl Smith and the Duke of Paducah, drawing 14,000 fans.
SEPTEMBER 24, 1951 MONDAY
Dinah Washington recorded a hit jazz of Hank Williams' ''Gold, Cold Heart'' in New York City.
SEPTEMBER 25, 1951 TUESDAY
Bluegrass bass player Bessie Lee Mauldin and Nelson Gann are separated. Later in the decade, she appears on ''Gotta Travel On'' by Bill Monroe.
SEPTEMBER 26, 1951 WEDNESDAY
Red Foley recorded ''Midnight'', partially penned by Chet Atkins, at the Castle Studio in
Nashville's Tulane Hotel.