FEBRUARY 11, 1956 SATURDAY
The Platters appear on "The Perry Como Show" on NBC-TV singing "The
Perkins first performed ''Blue Suede Shoes'' on national television on the ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee.
FEBRUARY 13, 1956 MONDAY
Decca released a double-sided Webb Pierce hit, ''Yes, I Know Why'' backed with ''Cause I Love You''.
Capitol released Sonny James' ''For Rent (One Empty Heart)''
FEBRUARY 18, 1956 SATURDAY
Elvis Presley makes his fourth appearance on The Dorsey Brothers' ''Stage Show'', singing ''Tutti Frutti'' and ''I Was The One''.
Carl Perkins signs a long term contracted with "The Big D Jamboree" a nationwide radio show.
FEBRUARY 19, 1956 SUNDAY
Gospel singer Robert Bailey is born in Middle town, Ohio. He provides backing vocals on such hits as George Strait's ''You'll Be There'', Reba McEntire's ''Why Haven't I Heard From You''
and Carrie Underwood's ''Something In The Water''.
FEBRUARY 21, 1956 TUESDAY
Browns recorded ''I Take The Chance''.
FEBRUARY 22, 1956 WEDNESDAY
tells fan club president Treva Miller in a letter that she ''still can't say I'm satisfied'' after moving into a new 33-foot trailer, and that she may leave Gerald Cline. If they divorce, she says, ''I'm certainly not going to marry again''.
Elvis Presley opens for Little Jimmy Dickens at City Auditorium in Waycross, Georgia. In the front row, future Byrd Gram Parsons, who goes backstage to collect The King's autograph.
Frank Sinatra holds the inaugural recording session at the Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles. The cylindrical building hosts sessions for numerous future country hits, including recordings
by Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Glen Campbell.
FEBRUARY 23, 1956 THURSDAY
Presley collapses after a concert at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. A doctor tells him to slow down, but Presley performs again the next night.
Red Foley hears
Brenda Lee for the first time, when both perform at Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia. He becomes a mentor, and she receives a contract that night to become a regular on ''The Ozark Jubilee''.
Red Sovine recorded ''Hold Everything (Till I Get Home)''.
FEBRUARY 25, 1956 SATURDAY
Elvis Presley collects his first number 1 record as ''I Forgot To Remember To Forget'' reaches the top of the Billboard country singles chart.
Freed is chairman for Teenagers March for Childhood Nephrosis fund drive. In New York 11,000 rock and roll fans turn out in a downpour to distribute 1/2 million pledge cards. RCA Victor announces that Elvis Presley has six singles among the company's top selling
twenty five records.
On 8:30 to midnight, Carl Perkins performed at the Big D Jamboree at the Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas. Also on the bill where Hank Locklin, Jimmy
and Johnny, and the Big D Gang, the show was broadcast coast-to-coast on CBS' KRLD.
Memphis disc jockey Bob Neal (WMC) open his disk shop. Music distributors and operators
welcomed popular WMC disc jockey Bob Neal into the fold this week. Bob opened the Bob Neal Record Shop in the heart of Memphis. It's the only walk-in record shop on 50 South Main Street in town. Formal opening is set for March 1, 2, and 3.
Bob is also personal manager of Elvis Presley, country and western singer who appears on TV's Saturday night ''Stage Show'' with the Dorsey Brothers. Bob, who has a 5 to 7:30 a.m. radio
show, will spend much of his time in his record shop after his radio work each day. His shop will handle all top pop tunes, country and western, rhythm and blues, and a representative line of EP and LP albums.
FEBRUARY 26, 1956 SUNDAY
Carl Smith recorded ''Doorstep To Heaven'', ''You Are The One'' and ''Before I Met You'' in an afternoon session
at Hollywood's Radio Recorders on 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard.
FEBRUARY 27, 1956 MONDAY
released Faron Young's double-sided single, ''Ive Got Five Dollars And It's Saturday Night'' and ''You're Still Mine''.
Future Sun recording artist Roy Hall's first two
Decca discs sold reasonably if unspectacularly. A lot was riding on the third session, which came on this date and trod in the considerable footsteps of Carl Perkins' ''Blue Suede Shoes''. Hall cut both ''Shoes'' and a novelty follow-up song, ''You Ruined
My Blue Suede Shoes''. His recording of ''Blue Suede Shoes'' was issued on Decca in March 1956, only a couple of weeks after Carl Perkins' version started to sell on Sun. It is possible that the intention was to back a version of ''Shoes'' beat and theme,
Hall's song takes the story on a few verses. Hall's shoes are already ruined by the time the story starts, and it is he who has the blues, not the shoes. What is fascinating is that Hall's song contains some lines Carl Perkins himself used in his own (unissued)
sequel, ''Put Your Cat Clothes On''. Perkins' opening verse ''They took my blue suede shoes down to ol' Mobil, etc'' comes from Hall's song. Did hall send it to Sun as a potential follow-up to ''Blue Suede Shoes'' and did Carl lift bits of it? Both Perkins
and Hall liked a drink. Maybe they took one together at some point? We'll never know.
The Memphis Press-Scimitar ran an article on Carl Perkins' success, two weeks after
the Big D Jamboree in Dallas. ''Blue Suede Shoes'' had already sold 250,000 copies, Elton Whisenhunt reported, with 75,000 more on order, which represented twice as many sales as Elvis Presley's biggest seller on Sun, ''Blue Moon Of Kentucky''. Perkins had
recently signed a one-year contract for weekly appearances on the Big D Jamboree at $350 a week. There was more about Carl's and Sun's success (''Sun records are the hottest thing in the country and western business now'', said Sam, ''the first time anything
like this has ever happened in Memphis''), but the unexpected upshot was that Carl got thrown out of the $32-a-month public housing apartment in Parkview Courts in Jackson, where he lived. He had received no royalty payments to date because the record was
so new, but as he told the paper some months later, he never had any doubt that Mr. Phillips would advance him whatever he needed.
FEBRUARY 28, 1956 TUESDAY
Elvis Presley has a minor fender-bender, when another driver runs into his Eldorado convertible in a Memphis parking garage.