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1952 SESSIONS (8)
August 1, 1952 to August 31, 1952

Studio Session for Charles Thomas, August 12, 1952 / Sun Records

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AUGUST 2, 1952 SATURDAY

Katie Porter, the mother of Broadway composer Cole Porter, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage. Her son wrote the 1945 country hit ''Don't Fence Me In''.

AUGUST 4, 1952 MONDAY

Capitol released Tennessee Ernie Ford's ''Blackberry Boogie''

Decca released Ernest Tubb's ''Fortunes In Memories''.

AUGUST 6, 1952 WEDNESDAY

Elvis Presley worked in the table department at Upholsteries Specialties Company, located at 210 West Georgia Avenue in Memphis, while in high school. Elvis Presley lying and gave his birthdate as January 8, 1934, to add one year to his age. As job references, he listed his previous jobs with Precision Tool and Loew's State Theater. Elvis' uncles Travis and Johnny get him and cousin Gene Smith on the crew at Precision.

AUGUST 7, 1952 THURSDAY

Eddy Arnold recorded ''I'd Trade All Of My Tomorrows (For Just One Yesterday)'' and ''Older And Bolder'' at the RCA Studios in New York.

AUGUST 8, 1952 FRIDAY

Hank Snow recorded ''The Gal Who Invented Kissin'' and ''I Went To Your Wedding'' at the RCA Studio in New York City.

Drummer Anton Fig is born in Cape Town, South Africa. Best known for his work on David Letterman's late-night show, he plays on Rosanne Cash's ''Hold On''.

AUGUST 9, 1952 SATURDAY

Hank Williams misses a scheduled appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Two days later, Opry manager Jim Denny fires Williams.

AUGUST 11, 1952 MONDAY

Roy Acuff makes the cover of Newsweek

Skeets McDonald recorded ''Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes'' at the Capitol Studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.

Grand Ole Opry manager Jim Denny fires Hank Williams from the Opry after the troubled singer, already on thin ice, missed an August 9 Opry appearance.

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Sam Phillips sent Jim Bullet in Nashville some mellow T-Bone Walkerish sides that he had cut on October 27, 1952 of Walter ''Tang'' Smith, the trombonist who had played on Howlin' Wolf's recent band session on October 7. When Bulleit bought the sides for $250, Sam sent him some more, including a couple of raw ''cottonpatch'' blues by Charles Thomas from this session, whom Sam touted as possessing a style he said, ''a lot like Johnnie Lee Hooker's but I actually think he does a better vocal than Hooker''. Bulleit deferred a decision on this Charles Thomas sides, until the day are not issued.

STUDIO SESSION FOR CHARLES THOMAS
AT THE MEMPHIS RECORDING SERVICE FOR SUN RECORDS

SUN RECORDING STUDIO
706 UNION AVENUE, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
SUN SESSION: TUESDAY AUGUST 12, 1952
STUDIO HOURS: UNKNOWN
PRODUCER AND RECORDING ENGINEER – SAM C. PHILLIPS

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COLD HANDS
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - August 12, 1952

4TH AND BROAD
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - August 12, 1952

UNKNOWN TITLE
Composer: - Unknown
Publisher: - Copyright Control
Matrix number: - None - Sun Unissued
Recorded: - August 12, 1952

Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Charles Thomas – Vocal & Guitar

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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 Roll".

AUGUST 15, 1952 FRIDAY

Hank Williams 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

Hank 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.

AUGUST 1952

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 ...''.

AUGUST 1952

Memphian builder, Kemmons Wilson, opened his first Holiday Inn on Summer Avenue in Memphis. A builder who had once been the country's top Wurlitzer jukebox distributor, Wilson decided to built the sort of dependable family motels he'd always wished for when the Wilsons were on vacation. Like WHBQ's Lawhead, Wilson found his inspiration in the movies, naming his revolutionary chain of giant motels after the 1942 film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

The Holiday Inn had a commitment to provide comfortable, dependable accommodations, cheerful decor, and, above all, affordable prices, $4 for a single, $6 for a double, children, however many, free. Within months Wilson opened his second motel, on Third Street downtown, and had just announced his plans to open two more, covering all four corners of the city, with a blueprint for a national franchising campaign by the time the fourth Memphis Holiday Inn was built in 1953.

AUGUST 23, 1952 SATURDAY

Johnnie Ace and His Orchestra performs 10:00 til 2:00 at the Hippodrome, 500 Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. Admission: advance $1.00 at door $ 1.35.

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans' daughter, Robin Rogers, dies from the mumps just one day before her second birthday.

Kitty Wells becomes the first woman to reach number 1 on the Billboard country chart with ''It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels''.

AUGUST 24, 1952

Vocalist/bass player John Cowan is born in Evansville, Indiana. He becomes the lead singer for progressive acoustic act New Grass Revival in 1973 and contributes to recordings by Garth Brooks, Wynonna and Travis Tritt

AUGUST 29, 1952 FRIDAY

Songwriter Don Schlitz is born in Durham, North Carolina. His hits include ''The Gambler'', ''Forever And Ever'', ''Amen'', ''On The Other Hand'', ''Strong Enough To Bend'', ''When You Say Nothing At All'' and ''I Feel Lucky'', among many others.

Don Schlitz, country and western songwriter (including "The Gambler" and "The Greatest" for Liberty and Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Kenny Rogers and the Broadway musical "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer"), is born in Durham, North Carolina.

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