Probably studio sessions for Howlin' Wolf and Joe Hill Louis at the Memphis Recording
Service in Memphis, Tennessee.
Pee Wee (Brad) Suggs, guitarist with the Slim Rhodes Band but currently in the Army, recorded for 4-Star while on furlough from Fort Ord.
AUGUST 2, 1951 THURSDAY
Andrew Gold is born in Burbank, California. Known for his pop hit ''Lonely
Boy'' and for writing the theme to ''The Golden Girls'', Gold plays guitar and/or sings background on hits by Linda Ronstadt and Wynonna Judd, and writes Judd;s ''I Saw The Light''.
4, 1951 SATURDAY
Carl Smith recorded ''Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way'' in the afternoon at the Castle Studio in Nashville's Tulane Hotel.
AUGUST 10, 1951 FRIDAY
Hank Williams recorded ''Half As Much'' and ''Baby, We're Really In Love'' during
an evening session at Nashville's Castle Studio. He also cuts ''I'm Sorry For You, My Friend'', a song he re-recorded it in December this year.
AUGUST 11, 1951 SATURDAY
Following his performance on the Grand Ole Opry, Lefty Frizzell is arrested for contributory delinquency, stemming for a dalliance with an under-age girl in Little Rock on April 1.
Hank Williams hits number 1 in Billboard's country chart with ''Hey, Good Lookin'''.
Webb Pierce recorded ''Wondering'' in an evening session at Nashville's Castle Recording Studio in the Tulane Hotel.
Dan Fogelberg is born in Peoria, Illinois. His 1985 album ''High Country Shows'' features Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill and Doc Watson, and his supporting tour leads to the formation of The Desert Rose Band.
Fiddler Hubert Dwane ''Hoot'' Hester is born in Louisville, Kentucky. A member of the Grand Ole Opry house band, he appears on hits by Conway Twitty, Dan Seals, Steve Wariner and Rocky Van
AUGUST 14, 1951 TUESDAY
''Cyclone Fury'' appears in movie theaters,
with Charles Starrett, the Durango Kid protecting an orphaned Indian boy. Smiley Burnette and Merle Travis also appear.
Columbia released Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs'
''Don;t Get Above Your Raisin''', destined to become a hit 30 years later for Ricky Skaggs.
AUGUST 15, 1951 WEDNESDAY
Hank Williams begins a concert tour, sponsored by the Hadacol medicinal company, that teams him with comedians Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Minnie Pearl, Jack Benny and Jimmy Durante.
Fourteen-year-old Merle Haggard is picked up for robbing a liquor store in a case of mistaken identity. Released five days later when the real criminals are caught, he expects to be tried as an adult: he was carrying a fake
I.D. that said he was 18.
Sam Phillips had become embroiled in yet another business misunderstanding, this time with Leonard Chess. On this day, just before Howlin' Wolf's
epochal single came out (Chess 1479), Sam put down $1,000 for a bus for Jackie Brenston. He had argued long and loud against it. He kept telling Leonard that Jackie didn't need a bus, Jackie couldn't afford a bus, Jackie didn't even have a band to carry around
in a bus at this point. But Leonard Chess was under constant pressure from his biggest star. Sam could understand, Jackie wanted a bus. And Leonard just said, ''Find him a damn bus. I'll pay''.
Sam Phillips found a guy named Perry Little, who piddled around on the edges of show business and drove for the black county schools. He had an old Flexible passenger bus for sale, it looked pretty sharp, but when Sam asked him about it,
Little said, ''Well, I have to tell you, Mr. Phillips, the reason I'm getting rid of it is that it don't get any mileage on it''. So Sam got back to Leonard, and by this time Leonard was so committed he couldn't have backed out even if he had wanted to. Sam
took Jackie out to see the bus, ''and, boy, you would've thought it was a Rolls-Royce or something'', Jackie was so excited. Leonard told him to go ahead and make the deal, Leonard would send a cashier's check the next day. As Sam recalled, he put the money
down, but then the check didn't arrive, ''and so here I was with Perry Little, I had promised him he had a deal. And I'm trying to think where to get the money. I got some of it from, Hoyt Wooten's brother, S.D. I rounded up the rest some way or the other.
But do you know, I never got the money out of Leonard Chess for the bus''.
It remained a thorn in his side all through the fall, as he continued to make payments on a
bus that, as Sam had predicted, was never really fit to be on the road. Each time it broke down Sam was out a little more money, and the last time, it had to be towed back to Memphis, where it sat on the street just off Hernando until Sam finally had it towed
to his own driveway at 1928 Vinton Avenue, Memphis.
AUGUST 17, 1951 FRIDAY
Stanley is seriously injured in an auto accident near Raleigh, North Carolina. During his recovery, Bill Monroe drops plans to bring The Stanley Brothers on as members of his backing band.
Columbia released Lefty Frizzell's ''Travellin' Blues''.
AUGUST 18, 1951 SATURDAY
Rosco Gordon's ''Saddled The Cow'' (RPM 324) enters the local charts in Oakland, California.
AUGUST 19, 1951 SUNDAY
Bass player John Deacon is born in Leicester, England. He joins Queen, whose 1980 pop hit ''Crazy Little Thing Called Love'' becomes a country success when remade by Dwight Yoakam in 1999, two years before the
band takes its place in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.
AUGUST 22, 1951 WEDNESDAY
Snow is injured in a serious automobile accident in Nashville. He flips the car twice, hitting a parked car and a telephone pole. He is taken to General Hospital with a skull fracture and multiple lacerations.
AUGUST 24, 1951 FRIDAY
George Jones is jailed for failing to make support payments to his wife, Dorothy, who had filed for divorce a month
AUGUST 28, 1951 TUESDAY
Wayne Osmond is born in Ogden, Utah. The brother
act The Osmonds becomes a major pop group during the 1970s, then moves into country for the hit ''I Think About Your Lovin'''. They sing harmony on Conway Twitty's ''Heartache Tonight'' in 1983.
AUGUST 30, 1951 THURSDAY
''Al Morgan'' is broadcast for the last time on the DuMont TV network, concluding a two-year run. During the variety series',
first season, the host earned his only country hit with ''Jealous Heart''.
AUGUST 31, 1951 FRIDAY
Five-year-old Neil Young wakes up at his home in Omemee, Ontario, in pain. He is taken to a Toronto hospital, where he is diagnosed with polio.