OCTOBER 3, 1951 WEDNESDAY
Kenny Dale is born in Artesia, New Mexico. He garners a hit in 1979
by remaking Gene Pitney's ''Only Love Can Break A Heart''.
Blues singer and songwriter Keb' Mo' is born in Los Angeles, California. He joins Garth Brooks in a 2001 NBC
special, recorded with Lee Roy, and appears on tribute albums celebrating Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.
OCTOBER 4, 1951 THURSDAY
When The Oak Ridge Quartet plays in Evansville, Indiana, concert-goer Minnie Huff gives the band a wallet-size picture of Jesus and writes ''Oak Ridge Boys'' on the back. The Quartet later adopts The Oak Ridge
Boys as its official name.
OCTOBER 5, 1951 FRIDAY
''Don't Fence Me In'' songwriter
Cole Porter enters Doctors Hospital in Manhattan, where he undergoes multiple shock treatments.
The Red Skelton/Ester Williams movie ''Texas Carnival'' debuts with Foy
Willing in a supporting musical role.
OCTOBER 6, 1951 SATURDAY
Rhythm and blues
musician Tiny Bradshaw recorded ''The Train Kept A-Rollin'''. Johnny Burnette and The Rock And Roll Trio cover the song ranks among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation book ''Heartaches By The Number''.
OCTOBER 7, 1951 SUNDAY
John Mellecamp is born in Seymour, Indiana. The rocker, known for such hits as ''Hurts So Good''
and ''Pink Houses'', joins Willie Nelson and Neil Young to present the annual Farm Aid concerts. He's name-checked in the title of Keith Urban's 2015 hit ''John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16''.
OCTOBER 8, 1951 MONDAY
Hank Snow recorded ''Music Makin' Mama From Memphis'' and ''The Gold Rush Is Over'' during the evening in Nashville.
Carl Butler has his first solo recording session for Capitol Records.
OCTOBER 12, 1951 FRIDAY
Johnnie & Jack recorded ''Three Ways Of Knowing'' and ''Ashes Of Love''.
OCTOBER 15, 1951 MONDAY
The classic television show “I Love Lucy” debuted on the CBS network on October 15th of 1951. The show starred comedienne Lucille Ball as the titular Lucy Ricardo, Cuban entertainer
Desi Arnaz as Lucy’s husband Ricky, with Vivian Vance and William Frawley as their goofy landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz, and it revolved around Lucy’s comical antics. Arnaz and Ball were a real-life husband and wife and the show was based off a
popular radio series that Ball had previously starred in. “I Love Lucy” was one of the first scripted television shows to be filmed using three different cameras and it was unusual that it was filmed in Hollywood using a live audience rather than
in New York using a laugh track. The show was a huge success and was nominated for and won many Emmy awards while it aired. It ended in May of 1957 but remained popular in reruns and it is still regularly aired on cable TV.
''Slaughter Trail'' debuts in movie theaters with vocal appearances by Rosemary Cloony and by songwriter Terry Gilkyson, who wrote Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit from the previous year, ''The Gall Of The Wild Goose''.
There's gold in them their hills! Rex Allen races a gang of thugs to a mine in the plot of ''Utah Wagon Train'', which makes its debut in theaters. Allen's rendition include the classic
''The Streets Of Laredo (The Cowboy Lament)''.
Racing horses, bandits and a gypsy are all part of the action with the debut of the Roy Rogers movie, ''South Of Caliente'',
also featuring Dale Evans and Pat Brady.
OCTOBER 16, 1951 TUESDAY
recorded the first version of Hank Williams song ''Weary Blues From Waitin'''at Dallas' Jim Beck Studio. Williams' version becomes a hit posthumously.
holds his first recording session at WGST Radio in Atlanta, Georgia. He goes on to write two songs that become country hits, Waylon Jennings' ''Lucille (You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will)'' and Billy ''Crash'' Craddock's ''Slippin' And Slidin'''.
OCTOBER 18, 1951 THURSDAY
Red Foley recorded ''Salty Dog Rag''.
OCTOBER 20, 1951 SATURDAY
Hank Williams sings a movie deal with MGM Pictures.
OCTOBER 23, 1951 TUESDAY
David Wills is born in Pulaski, Tennessee. He cuts two Charlie Rich produced hits in the 1970s
and writes George Strait's ''If You're Thinking You Want A Stranger (There's One Coming Home)'' and John Schneider's ''You're The Last Thing I Needed Tonight''.
24, 1951 WEDNESDAY
Flatt & Scruggs recorded ''Tis Sweet To Be Remembered'' and the original version of ''Earl's Breakdown'' at the Castle Studio in Nashville.
OCTOBER 25, 1951 THURSDAY
Hank Williams recorded ''There's A Tear In My Beer''. The tape remains
in boxes at Bill Lister's house until 1988, when Lister sends it to Hank Williams Jr., who eventually recorded a duet matching him with his father's performance.
26, 1951 FRIDAY
Big Bill Lister recorded the first version of ''There's A Tear In My Beer'' to be released. The song will achieve hit status when Hank Williams Jr.'s
voice and new instrumental tracks are added to a demo recording by the song's writer, Hank Williams.
George Morgan recorded ''Almost''.
OCTOBER 28, 1951 SUNDAY
George Jones' first daughter, Susan, is born.