The final Sun release (Sun 407) ''Back In My Arms'' b/w ''I'm A Lover'' by Load Of Mischief issued.
milestone of sorts. The last Sun record. The label that began by recording backporch music, primitive rhythm and blues, heartrending hillbilly, and then gave birth to rockabilly and a string of cultural icons, finally ended in January 1968 with Load
Of Mischief. The 230 or so releases in the Sun catalog neatly encapsulate one of the great cultural upheavals in the 20th century. Sun started with black music and told the story of its assimilation over a 15 year period. That makes it fitting in
a way that the last Sun record should be by a white band working in a style that owned much to then-current black music.
JANUARY 1, 1968 MONDAY
Little Jimmy Dickens' wife, Enestine, dies in a car accident in Sherman, Texas, when her car veers off an overpass.
On the 15th anniversary of Hank Williams' death, the original Drifting Cowboys play together for the first time in 14 years.
JANUARY 2, 1968 TUESDAY
The Hyatt Corporation takes over the Continental Hotel in West Hollywood after buying it from Gene Autry, who insisted the contract start on
January 2, instead of January 1, so he could keep bar receipts from New Year's Eve.
Charley Pride recorded ''The Easy Part's Over'' in Nashville, Tennessee.
Capitol Records released Merle Haggard's album ''Sing Me Back Home'' and Buck Owens album ''It Takes People Like You To Make People Like Me''.
JANUARY 3, 1968 WEDNESDAY
New instrumental parts are recorded the late Jim Reeves' original vocals on ''That's When I See The Blues (In Your Pretty Eyes)'' during a session at 17th Avenue studios in Nashville,
Roy Acuff returns from a two-week USO (United
Service Organizations) tour of American bases in Cuba, the Bahamas, the Canal Zone and Puerto Rico''.
Johnny Cash's wife, Vivian, is granted a divorce.
Jack Greene recorded ''Before The Next Teardrop Falls'', seven years before it becomes popular in the hands of Freddy Fender.
Wynn Stewart recorded ''Something Pretty\\ at the Capitol Recording Studios on Vine Street in Los Angeles, California.
JANUARY 4, 1968 THURSDAY
Jack Greene recorded ''You Are My Treasure''.
JANUARY 5, 1968 FRIDAY
Jerry Lee Lewis recorded ''Another Place, Another Time'' at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jack Greene recorded ''You've Still Got A Place In My Hearts''. It's another 10 years before it becomes a hit for Con Hunley, and an additional eight before
George Jones released a Top 10 version.
becomes the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.
JANUARY 6, 1968 SATURDAY
ABC-TV debuts ''Happening
'68'', a daytime weekend music show featuring Paul Revere and The Raiders, including future country star Freddy Weller.
JANUARY 8, 1968 MONDAY
Stax Records released Otis Redding's ''(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay'', later remade as a country hit by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.
Capitol released Buck Owens' ''How Long Will My Baby Be Gone''.
JANUARY 9, 1968 TUESDAY
Loretta Lynn recorded ''First City'' at Bradley's Barn in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
RCA Victor released the original version of Elvis Presley's ''Guitar Man'', featuring backing musician Jerry Reed. According to Peter Guralnick in his two volume biography of Presley, the singer had been trying unsuccessfully to record the tune, but wasn't happy with the groove. He said something to the effect of: "Get me that redneck picker who's on the original
tune", and his staff brought Reed into the studio - who nailed it on the first take (though this romantic account is contradicted by a studio tape of the session that documents the first, second and fifth takes which are available on video-sharing website
youtube.com). The single spent one week at number one on the country chart. Thirteen years later, "Guitar Man" was re-recorded in a new electric arrangement, with Presley's original vocal left intact, and it was the last of his eleven number one country hits.
The record also peaked at number twenty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100.
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans guest on the CBS variety series ''The Red Skelton Show''.
JANUARY 10, 1968 WEDNESDAY
Gentry and Bobby Darin add music to NBC's ''The Kraft Music Hall''.
JANUARY 11, 1968 THURSDAY
Glen Campbell recorded
''I Wanna Live'' at the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California.
Johnny Cash begins two days of rehearsals for his Folsom Prison concert at the El Rancho Motel in Sacramento, California, with June Carter, The Carter Family, The Statler Brothers and Carl Perkins.
Eight days after her divorce from Johnny Cash, Vivian Cash marries Ventura policeman Dick Distin in California.
JANUARY 12, 1968 FRIDAY
Model Heather Mills is born in Washington, England. She's destined to marry ''I Feel Fine'' songwriter Paul McCartney from
Roy Clark is the first country artist to appear
on an ABC variety series taped at military bases, ''Operation Entertainment''.
Keith Anderson is born in Miami, Oklahoma. A member of the MuzikMafia, he attains a gold album with his 2005 debut, ''Three Chord Country And American Rock And Roll'', and earns a handful of Top 5 hits, led by 2008s ''I Still Miss You''.
JANUARY 13, 1968 SATURDAY
Johnny Cash recorded the live album ''Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison'' in California, remaking ''Folsom
Prison Blues'' in the process. Cash employs his usual entourage, including June Carter, The Carter Family, Carl Perkins and The Statler Brothers.
Drummer Farris Coursey dies from a heart attack. His credits include Patsy Cline's ''Walkin' After Midnight'', Red Foley's ''Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy'', Hank Williams'
''Waw-Liga'' and Bobby Helms ''Fraulein''.
Singer and songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler moves
to Nashville, Tennessee.
JANUARY 20, 1968 SATURDAY
Woody Guthrie is celebrated with a tribute concert at New York's
Carnegie Hall. The Lineup includes Bob Dylan. The Band, Arlo Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Pete Seeger and Judy Collins.
Henson Cargill is featured on ''The Porter Wagoner Show''.
Merle Haggard goes to number 1 on the Billboard country chart with ''Sing Me Back Home''.
JANUARY 21, 1968 SUNDAY
Glen Campbell makes his first appearance on CBS' ''The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'', beginning a path that leads him to his own TV show.
JANUARY 22, 1968 MONDAY
Jerry Lee Lewis begins rehearsals for the Los Angeles production of ''Catch My Soul'', an adaption of Shakespeare's ''Othello'', in which Lewis portrays
JANUARY 24, 1968 WEDNESDAY
Roger Miller recorded ''Little Green Apples'' in Nashville, Tennessee.
Songwriter Kelley Lovelace is born in Paducah, Kentucky. He authors
multiple Brad Paisley hits, plus Jason Aldean's ''Laughed Until We Cried'', Randy Houser's ''Runnin' Outta Moonlight'' and Carrie Underwood's ''All-American Girl''.
JANUARY 25, 1968 THURSDAY
Buck Owens serves up ''How Long Will My Baby Be Gone'' as a guest on NBC-TV's ''The Dean Martin Show''. Owens and Martin also duet on ''I've Got A Tiger By The Tail'' and ''Love's Gonna
JANUARY 26, 1968 FRIDAY
Singer and songwriter Neil Young and his Buffalo Springfield bandmate, Stephen
Stills, have a fight in their dressing room before a concert.
Everly Brothers, Minnie Pearl and Gladys Knight and The Pips appear on the ABC series ''Operation Entertainment''.
JANUARY 27, 1968 SATURDAY
Tracy Lawrence is born in Atlanta, Texas. The deep-voiced singer nothes a string of 1990s hits that features ''Sticks And Stones'', ''Time Marches On'' and ''Alibis''. He adds additional hits, including ''Find Out Who Your Friends Are'', the next
Fifteen years before they write ''Islands In The
Stream'', The Bee Gees play their first U.S. date, taking $50,000 for a show at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.
Tex Ritter guests on the syndicated half-hour TV offering ''The Porter Wagoner Show''.
The spaghetti western ''Viva Diango'' debuts in Italy. The theme song inspires the Gnarls Barkley pop hit ''Crazy'', which in turn inspires a Brett Eldredge
country hit, thus earning songwriting credits for Italian film composers Gian Franco Reverberi and Gian Piero Reverberi on ''Lose My Mind''.
JANUARY 29, 1968 MONDAY
Kenny Rogers and The First Edition perform the Mickey Newburry-written ''Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)'' on the NBC series ''Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In''.
JANUARY 30, 1968 TUESDAY
Bobby Goldsboro recorded ''Honey'' at Nashville's RCA Studio B.
Merle Haggard tries recording ''Today I Started Loving You Again'' and also cut ''Youve Still Got A Place In My Heart'', a future hit for George
JANUARY 31, 1968 WEDNESDAY
Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton recorded ''Holding On To Nothin'''.
Merle Haggard recorded ''The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde'', inspired
by the Warren Beatty movie, at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, California.