AUGUST 13, 1952 WEDNESDAY
Big Mama Thornton recorded one
of the first versions of ''Hound Dog''. The best-known version of "Hound Dog" is the July 1956 recording by Elvis Presley, which is ranked number on Rollin' Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time; it is also one of the best-selling singles
of all-time. Presley's version, which sold about more than 10 million copies globally, was his best-selling song and "an emblem of the rock and roll revolution". It was simultaneously number 1 on the United States pop, country, and rhythm and blues charts
in 1956, and it topped the pop chart for 11 weeks, a record that stood for 36 years. Presley's 1956 RCA recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988, and it is listed as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and
AUGUST 15, 1952 FRIDAY
writes ''Kaw-Liga'' near the town of Kowaliga, Alabama.
Columbia records Lefty Frizzell's ''Forever (And Always)''
AUGUST 16, 1952 SATURDAY
Having quit, the Grand Ole Opry when he moved away from Nashville,
Grandpa Jones rejoins the cast.
AUGUST 17, 1952 SUNDAY
Williams is arrested in Alexander City, Alabama, for drunken behavior.
AUGUST 20, 1952 WEDNESDAY
Rudy Martin, of The Gatlin Brothers, is born in Olney, Texas. Behind songwriting lead singer Larry Gatlin, the trio earns a Grammy for 1976's ''Broken Lady'', beginning a 12-year string of harmony-packed success.
Singer/songwriter John Hiatt is born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He writes such country hits as The Desert Rose Band's ''She Don't Love Nobody'', Suzy Boggus' ''Drive South''
and Rosanne Cash's ''The Way We Make A Broken Heart.
Hiatt remains one of the most respected and influential American singer-songwriters. Hiatt was
working as a songwriter for Tree International, a record label in Nashville, when his song ''Sure As I'm Sittin' Here'' was covered by Three Dog Night. The song became a Top 40 , earning Hiatt a recording contract with Epic Records. Since then he has released
21 studio albums, two Compilation albums. His songs have been covered by a variety of artists in multiple genres, including Bob Dylan, The Searches, Delbert Clinton, Willy DeVille, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Bonny Raitt, Eric Clapton, B.B. Kind, Joe Bonamassa,
Willie Nelson. Joan Baez, Paula Abdul, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Buffett, Mandy Moore, Iggy Pop, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Suzy Bogguss, Jewel, Aaron Neville, Jeff Healey, Keith Urban, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan,
Pauline and many others. The Dutch singer/songwriter Ilse DeLange recorded the album ''Dear John'' with nine of his songs.
Peacock Records of Houston buy out the Duke label. Initially, Duke's James Mattis is a minority shareholder together with Peacock's Don Robey and Irving Marcus. Peacock
primarily wants Duke for Johnny Ace, whose, "My Song" enters the Rhythm and Blues charts.
Chess Records re-release Harmonica Frank's "Swamp Root". This
time around it is promoted as an rhythm and blues release, although Billboard notes that Pop disc jockeys might spin it for laughs.
Unknown dates, studio
session with Doctor Ross at the Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee.
An article in the rhythm and blues magazine reads: ''The Rosco Gordon-Glovers package
was so successful on its recently concluded tour that they have arranged a new one that will start on the West Coast on September 1 ...''.