DECEMBER 12, 1957 THURSDAY
Jim Reeves recorded ''I Love You More'' during his first session at his label's new Nashville facility, RCA Studio B.
A disc jockey for KEX radio in Portland, Oregon, is fired for playing Elvis Presley's version of ''White Christmas''.
DECEMBER 13, 1957 FRIDAY
Carter appears for the second time on the ABC-TV weekly series ''The Adventures Of Jim Bowie''.
DECEMBER 14, 1957
Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps play in Dallas on the "Big D Jamboree".
DECEMBER 16, 1957 MONDAY
Vincent and Bobby Helms appear on "American Bandstand".
DECEMBER 17, 1957 TUESDAY
Recruiters offer Elvis Presley special status for his expected military enlistment. He turns it down.
DECEMBER 19, 1957 THURSDAY
Elvis Presley receives his draft notice from Milton
Bowers, of the Memphis Draft Board. Bowers calls him personally, rather than sending the notice through the mail.
20, 1957 FRIDAY
Kitty Wells recorded ''I can't Stop Loving You'', written by Don Gibson, at the Bradley Film and Recording
Studio in Nashville.
DECEMBER 21, 1957 SATURDAY
After giving Colonel Tom Parker a red sports car for Christmas, Elvis Presley goes to the Grand Ole Opry in a tuxedo. He takes pictures with Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Hank Snow, Ray Price and Faron Young, among others,
and goes on stage to wave to the audience.
DECEMBER 22, 1957 SUNDAY
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show''.
announces a price hike for 45 rpm singles from 89 to 98 cents Mercury and Imperial follow as all record companies eventually will do. At the same time United States companies were selling as many as 10 million portable record players a year. Priced
at less than $50, these record players became fixtures in teenagers' bedrooms and family recreation rooms. Prior to the late fifties, most young people had to listen to their music on the family record players and radio.
Invented in the fifties, transistor radios were becoming common accessories for music-obsessed teens. These small radios sold for less than $25 and often included an
earplug for private listening.
Merle Haggard attempts to rob a restaurant, mistenly believing it had closed. He ends up
serving time in San Quentin.
DECEMBER 23, 1957 MONDAY
Left unattended in jail, Merle Haggard walks out the front door of the Bakersfield police station, a day after the attempted robbery of a restaurant.
Alan Freed's Christmas Show of Stars started in New York at the Paramount Theater for 12-days. Featuring on the show where Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers, The Rays, Paul Anka, and Danny & The
Juniors', Jo Ann Campbell, the Crickets, and the Shepherd Sisters.
According to a New York newspaper ''Teenager Queued
Six Blocks To See $100,000 Of Rocking Pop Stars''. ''Alan Freed's all-star rock and roll show has broken every existing record at New York's Paramount Theater''. During the first week of the 12-day run, when the teenagers were on Christmas holiday from school,
the queues were up to six blocks long.
The talent budget was over $100,00 but jockey Freed was expected to come out with
a net profit of close to $50,000 when the counting was complete. Most impressive performer of all was the ranting, raving, stomping Jerry Lee Lewis whose frantic rock and rolling and piano playing literally fractured the audience. The mass hysteria reached
a crescendo when Lewis took over, to the point where the shrieking and stomping very nearly eclipsed the music.
to Kay Martin, ''That show lasted ten big rockin' days. Elaine and I were there for every single show, five shows a day. What was going on? Well, Jerry had married Myra on December 12, a few weeks before this gig, and since no one was supposed to find out
about it, she was in the hotel room all the time during those days! Elaine and I would be in the lobby of the hotel giggling the Christmas decorations hanging from the ceiling; green balls, which we kidded around as belonging to Billy Riley's Green Men, waiting
for Jerry between shows. He'd come down in the elevators, pick us up, and the three of us would walk down the block to the backstage door of the world famous Time Square Paramount. One of the photos from us shows us going up an escalator in the lobby of the
hotel, and another of Jerry going through the backstage door, with the guy who was in charge. We would go up to the dressing room with Jerry, hang out until he had to go on, watch his show, then go back with him either to the hotel, or the dressing room, or
out to eat, or Jerry would relax between shows playing piano backstage behind the movie screen. He would often gather several of the stars around the piano and sing and play while the Grade B movie was playing between the stage shows. Once, the stage manager
came around to tell him he had to quit because it was too loud and was leaking into the theater while the movie was playing! He said, ''Mr. Lewis, you and your fan club just have to quit making so much noise''. Ha, ha! The ''fan club'' included Buddy Holly,
the Everly Brothers, and more... Sam Phillips and his wife and sons, Knox and Jerry, in the city for the New Year's celebration when 1957 became 1958''.
Bobby Helms recorded ''Jacqueline'' at the Bradley Studio in Nashville. The song appears in the movie ''The Case Against Brooklyn''.
DECEMBER 24, 1957 TUESDAY
After escaping a day earlier, Merle Haggard is apprehended
at his brother's home, handcuffed and returned to the Bakersfield Jail.
Elvis Presley writes to the draft board, requesting
a deferment so that he can film ''King Creole'' for Paramount.
DECEMBER 25, 1957 WEDNESDAY
Elvis Presley observes Christmas at Graceland Mansion in Memphis for the first time.
DECEMBER 26, 1957 THURSDAY
Jimmie Osborn commits suicide with a 32-caliber pistol
following a spat with his wife at his trailer home in Louisville, Kentucky. The singer/songwriter had three hits, the biggest coming with a topical single, ''The Death Of Little Kathy Fiscus''.
The military draft board grants a deferment to Elvis Presley so that he can film ''King Creole'' for Paramount.
DECEMBER 28, 1957 SATURDAY
Having previously made the cover of TV Guide with the rest of
his family, Ricky Nelson is highlighted on the magazine's front as a solo star.
DECEMBER 28, 1957 SATURDAY
On this date, an add published in Billboard that reads: "A whole lot of thanks for voting me Most Promising Male Country Vocalist
of 1957 Jerry Lee Lewis. Great Chart maker: "Great Balls Of Fire" SUN 281 exclusive on Sun Records".
29, 1957 SUNDAY
Shreveport clairvoyant Bernard Ricks calls ''Ring Of Fire'' songwriter Merle Kilgore and warns him to check
on his daughter. Kilgore finds the baby is being smothered by a pile of clothes.
DECEMBER 30, 1957 MONDAY
Webb Pierce recorded ''You'll Come Back'' in the afternoon at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville.
Columbia released Carl Smith's ''Your Name Is Beautiful''.
DECEMBER 31, 1957 TUESDAY
Ernest Tubb is fined $250 when he hits a tree, driving
drunk, on Lynwood Terrace in Nashville with his 1957 Cadillac.
After Hayden Thompson's Phillips International record had been out for some months, and he realised that "Love My Baby" easn't going to be a hit, he found
that he had a decision to make. The first flush of mid-South rockabilly was over and by early 1958 there were now many other singers like him trying to make their way in the path of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and
the few successful ones. The performing and recording options in Memphis were limited and so when Hayden was offered a regular gig in Chicago in May 1958, he took it!
The extended play Sun 107 ''The Great Ball Of Fire'' by Jerry Lee Lewis issued.