NOVEMBER 3, 1957 SUNDAY
Jerry Lee Lewis plays for the third time on The Steve Allen TV show
Jimmie Rodgers makes a return appearance on ''The Ed Sullivan Show'', performing ''Honeycomb'' and ''Kisses Sweeter Than Wine'' on the CBS program. Also in
the lineup are Sam Cooke and Paul Anka.
The Everly Brothers recorded the Ray Charles-penned ''This Little Girl Of Mine''.
The singles, "Great Balls Of Fire" b/w ''You Win Again'' (Sun 281) by Jerry Lee Lewis and Sun 282, Dick Penner ''Your Honey Love'' b/w ''Cindy Lou'' issued. Sam Phillips designed a one-sheet and an ad to go with it announcing:
''SUN has its' own SATELLITE - THE BALL OF FIRE JERRY LEE LEWIS SINGING HIS FABULOUS NEW SUN RELEASE ''GREAT BALLS OF FIRE'' INTRODUCED TO THE NATION SUNDAY, NOV. 3 ON THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW''. Jerry Lee's single was released
with a picture sleeve, along with an Extended Play 45 entitled ''Jerry Lee Lewis The Great Ball of Fire'', and earned a glowing lead review in Billboard, followed by a full-page ad replete with crude outer-space imagery and saluting the sensational success
of Sun's very own Satellite on his rocketlike rise up the charts.
It was a moment of pure triumph for the company, but, not surprisingly, not everyone was in a celebratory
mood. Carl Perkins for one was thoroughly disillusioned. Sam Phillips, he believed, had promised him the sun, the moon, and the stars, but nothing had gone right for him, really, since the automobile accident. His drinking was only getting worse, to the point
that without acknowledging the fault he could recognize the shame. And it certainly didn't help to watch this strutting peacock, Lewis, that Sam Phillips was always going on about just sail right by him without so much as a backward glance. ''I tried to make
him feel welcome and comfortable'', Carl later wrote of their first encounters, when it was carl who was the star, ''but he opened all them smart-aleck doors to start''.
Sputnik 2 Satellite is successfully launched into orbit around the Earth by the USSR. The spacecraft was the second spacecraft successfully launched into Earth’s orbit and the first spacecraft to carry a biological being into space. Sputnik 2 carried
Laika, a female dog, into space. Laika was provided with food, water, oxygen, a padded area and enough room to lay or stand and she was expected to live for up to ten days while Soviet scientists collected data on the effects of space on living beings. Unfortunately,
it was believed that she only survived for two days due to problems with the thermal control system. The craft fell out of orbit and into Earth’s atmosphere in April of 1958. The U.S. did not put a satellite into orbit until January of 1958. By July
of 1969 the U.S. would put the first man on the Moon.
NOVEMBER 4, 1957 MONDAY
Lee Lewis sings his latest release "Great Balls Of Fire'' on American Bandstand'' TV show, hosted by Dick Clark.''.
NOVEMBER 6, 1957 WEDNESDAY
''Maybelline'' songwriter Chuck Berry is served with an attest warrent for armed robbery when he plays St. Louis Kiel Auditorium. The next day, he shows police an out-of-town contract for the
date, and the charges are dismissed.
Alyce King and Robert Clarke have a son, Cam Clarke, in Los Angeles. As a member of The King Sisters, Mom participated in a 1946
country hit, ''Divorce Me C.O.D.''.
NOVEMBER 8, 1957 FRIDAY
Martha Susan McEntire
is born in Atoka, Oklahoma. The younger sister of Reba McEntire, she becomes better known during her adult years as Christian country singer Susie Luchsinger.
plays a convict, as the movie ''Jailhouse Rock'' is released.
June Carter makes the first of two guest appearances on the ABC-TV show ''The Adventures Of Jim Bowie''.
After three years in show business, Chuck Berry makes his television debut lip-syncing his recording of rock and roll music on "American Bandstand".
NOVEMBER 11, 1957 MONDAY
Review in Billboard magazine says, ''Jerry Lee Lewis pours his all into ''Great Balls Of Fire''
(Sun 281) a rockabilly tune which he performs in the flick, Jamboree''. Side appears a strong bet to match the success of ''Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On''. The flip ''You Win Again'' is an appealing styling of Hank Williams's old hit that should also be a
winner. Both sides figure in all markets''.
Ernest Tubb and The Wilburn Brothers recorded ''Hey, Mr. Bluebird'' in an evening session at the Bradley Recording studio
Elvis Presley performs on Veterans Day at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Ironically, it becomes his last show before his own induction into the Army.
Decca released the Webb Pierce and Kitty Wells duet, ''One Week Later''.
NOVEMBER 12, 1957 TUESDAY
The movie ''Jamboree'' previewed. Jerry Lee Lewis makes his film debut, singing ''Great Balls Of Fire''. Also in the picture, Fats Domino, Slim Whitman, Carl Perkins, Buddy Knox, Connie
Francis, Jimmy Bowen, The Four Coins and Frankie Avalon.
Ernest Tubb recorded ''House Of Glass'' at the Bradley Film and Recording studio on Music Row in Nashville.
Songwriter Michael Garvin is born. He authors Conway Twitty's ''Desperado Love'', T.G. Sheppard's ''Only One You'', Michael Martin Murphey's ''From The Word Go'' and ''Tanya Tucker's ''Highway
Robbery'', among others.
Johnny Cash recorded ''Big River'' and ''Ballad Of A Teenage Queen'' at the Sun studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
NOVEMBER 14, 1957 THURSDAY
Songwriter Gretchen Peters is born in Bronxville, New York. She writes such hits as Faith Hill's
''The Secret Of Life'', Martina McBride's ''Independence Day'', Patty Loveless' ''You Don't Even Know I Am'' and ''Pam Tillis' ''Let That Pony Run''.
NOVEMBER 15, 1957
Billy Haley and His Comets make a rare television appearance on "The Big Record" on CBS-TV.
NOVEMBER 16, 1957 SATURDAY
Harold Traywick marries Bobbie Rose Tucker in Chesterfield, South Carolina. The relationship yields six children, including
country singer Randy Travis.
Patti Page graces the cover of TV Guide.
16, 1957 SATURDAY
In The Cash Box music magazine published an ad about Bill Justis' new release at Phillips
International "Raunchy", that read:
PLEASE TAKE JUST A MINUTE:
WILL PAY BIG DIVIDENDS!!!
We at Phillips International and Sun Records have always tried to create, never copy. Why - because that is the essence and life of the music
and record business.
We were fortunate enough to come up with what looks like one of the biggest records to hit the nation in modern times. We believe you know the record
we are referring to. Now some uncouth and very unrealistic claims are being made as to "who has the hot" - Our answer to this is, we are willing to have you compare, if you haven't already, all records on it. But, more than that, we are happy to just wait
till, the verdict of the record buying public is in!. Every major market in the country has put Bill Justis' version head and shoulders above the sale of all cover records combined! And the reports from distributors and disc jockeys all across the U.S., almost
unanimously agree that "Raunchy" will probably be the biggest instrumental since the original version of T.D's "Boogie Woogie".
We view this reaction with real pride,
because we know it can be a tremendous "shot in the arm" for instrumental music in months to come. This will add more of a balance and variety to the music business which has been so good to us all. Let us never become stereotyped and parasitic. The best in
commercial music has yet to be discovered. Let's create - so as to continually find it.
Anyway, in this case, you can rest assured we know the best record will win -
then we can all view the result together.
706 Union Avenue
Phillips No. 3519
NOVEMBER 17, 1957 SUNDAY
Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps makes his first TV appearance on CBS' ''The Ed Sullivan Show''
sing "Lotta Lovin'" and "Dance To The Bop" . Traditional pop vocalist Georgia Gibbs also guests, performing ''Great Balls Of Fire''.
NOVEMBER 18, 1957 MONDAY
Sam Phillips had deep problem: his franchise act, Johnny Cash, was not only leaving the Sun label but refusing to bring any of his own songs to his remaining Sun sessions. Phillips put out
the call to everyone on Sun's roster. Tommy Blake recorded a demo tape of songs that Johnny Cash might like to cut, and Cash recorded one of them, a cheerless ballad, ''Story Of A Broken Heart''. Sun later issued it as a single, but by then Sam Phillips had
caught Blake in one of his many moments of need and bought the composer credit the song from him.
At this point, the notes in the frustratingly incomplete Sun files become
impenetrably hard to follow. Tommy Blake was probably on this date back in Memphis. At the time, Sam Phillips paid Carl Adams, Eddie Hall, and Sun session drummer Jimmy M. Van Eaton. He also paid Blake another ten dollar advance on royalties. Was there another
session on that day (and if so, what did he recorded?) or was Phillips settling up the single "Flat Foot Sam".