Bob said he didn't need all that crap and told Gerry he could keep us". Grojean, who knew little more about the business than the Pacers themselves had no idea how to expose the group
outside Newport during a critical stage in their career.
Bob Neal took over the Pacers' bookings. Now outsted from Presley's camp, Neal placed the Pacers on his treks
through the hinterlands, usually in support of Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.
Burgess and Orbison's amp on the road; it was one of the few built by Ray Butts in Cairo,
Illinois with a tape loop giving built-in slapback. Scotty Moore had bought one of the first (and paid $500 for it); Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins went to get one each, paying $600 apiece. "It was the best-sounding amp I ever heard", assert Sonny. "I've used
digital equipment that can't get anything close to that sound".
The Pacers developed a frantic stage act, forming a pyramid on top of the bass player and jumping into
the audience. "We were young, crazy and wild. Hot and cold running women", recalled Jack Nance. "I remember one time we drunk more than we should have and woke up in our car in a field. A tractor had plowed all around us and the farmer charged us $10.00 to
pull us out. Sonny never drank as much but he was a good athlete - an exceptional baseball player - so there was a lot of energy there that he used onstage".
One of Warren Smith's tasks on the early Stars Inc. tours was to lead Roy Orbison, who was almost sightless without his glasses, to the microphone much as Blind Lemon Jefferson had been
led on stage. In addition to the Stars Inc. tours, Smith also played a monthly spot on the Big D Jamboree in Dallas and made regular guest appearances on the Louisiana Hayride. He and his band were often working seven days a week with matinee and evening shows
on weekends. ''Every now and again, Warren would slip in a Ray Price number, recalled Jimmie Lott, ''but he thought that rock and roll was where the money was. He wanted to make a name for himself. But when Warren sang a Ray Price song, Ray could have learned
from him. He made my spine tingle when he got into that style''.
Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention, where each party nominated their respective candidates, were held during August of 1956. The Republicans chose incumbent President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard M. Nixon to
run in the upcoming 1956 Presidential election. The Democrats chose the former governor of Illinois, Adlai Stevenson, for President and Estes Kefauver, a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, for Vice President. The Republican National Convention was held in San Francisco,
California, while the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago, Illinois. Eisenhower would be re-elected in November.
AUGUST 3, 1956 FRIDAY
The singles, Sun 246 ''Rockin' With My Baby'' b/w ''It's Me Baby'' by Malcolm Yelvington; Sun 248 ''Jukebox Help Me Find My Baby" b/w ''Fiddle Bop'' by the Rhythm Rockers; Sun 249, Carl
Perkins ''I'm Sorry, I'm Not Sorry'' b/w ''Dixie Fried'' and Sun 255 "Ten Cats Down" b/w ''Finder Keepers'' by the Miller Sisters; Sun 247, Sonny Burgess ''Red Headed Woman'' b/w ''We Wanna Boogie'' all issued. When Sonny Burgess single came out, Billboard
deemed it a ''jumping, pounding boogie... shouted and orked with plenty of spirit that should get plenty of Southern action, rhythm and blues-wise'', and while it never charted, Sonny was soon out on the road with an all-star Stars Inc. package. There his
true genius manifested itself, as he and his band the Pacers perfected an act that, as Sam Phillips suggested, reflected the very essence of rock and roll.
recorded the Don Gibson-penned ''Wasted Words'' in a midnight session at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville.
AUGUST 4, 1956 SATURDAY
Jimmy C. Newman joins the Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, the same night that George Jones debuts on the show.
AUGUST 6, 1956 MONDAY
Columbia released Marty Robbins' ''Singing The Blues'' and its Top 10 B-side ''I Can't Quit (I've
Gone Too Far)''.
Production begins on "Rock, Rock, Rock" a rock and roll movie starring Alan Freed, Bill Haley and His Comets. Also appearing are Frankie Lymon and the
Teenagers, Chuck Berry, the Flamingos and LaVern Baker.
AUGUST 7, 1956 TUESDAY
Gene Autry Show'' makes its final prime-time appearance on CBS-TV, with ''Back In The Saddle Again'' serving as the theme song.
AUGUST 8, 1956 WEDNESDAY
As he turns 30, Webb Pierce agrees to return to the Grand Ole Opry, which he left the previous year.
and Hilda Young close on a house at 4001 Brush Hill Road in Nashville.
AUGUST 10, 1956 FRIDAY
After seeing his matinee show in Jacksonville, Florida, judge Marion Gooding tells Elvis Presley if he repeats the afternoon's moves in his two evening performances, he'll be arrested for indecency. Presley does both shows wiggling only his
AUGUST 11, 1956 SATURDAY
Painter Jackson Pollock dies in an alcohol-related
accident in Springs, New York. Noted for his abstract work, he's recognized nearly 60 years later in the Erik Church country hit ''Mr. Misunderstood''.
Johnny Cash played
his third appearance at the Big D. Jamboree for the ''Saturday Night Country Style'' broadcast opening with early Sun Records hit, ''So Doggone Lonesome''. The performance finds Cash, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant in rare form, riding
high on the success of hit, ''I Walk The Line'', though the Big D. audience seems as interested in hearing him and the Tennessee two plow through the rocking ''Get Rhythm''.
the Big D. Jamboree was never as prominent as either the Grand Ole Opry or the Louisiana Hayride shows, it was important in Texas and served as a springboard to fame for many as 5,000 attending patrons and countless radio listeners within KRLD's 50,000-watt
broadcast range, which could reach listeners in forty states. During its peak, the show aired four hours each Saturday night and featured between twenty and fifty performers a week.
''Big D. Jamboree''
liner notes by Kevin Coffey
AUGUST 12, 1956 SUNDAY
The Platters guest on "The
Ed Sullivan Show"
Pee Wee Maddux mailed Jack Clement, producer at Sun Records, a demo tape of Ernie Chaffin's work including "No Fool Like An Old Fool" and "My Heart
Webb Pierce recorded ''Teenage Boogie'' at the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville. He also makes his first pass at ''Cryin' Over You'', though he discards
it in favor of a version he recorded in November.
Danny Shirley is born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He fronts Confederate Rialroad, whose mix of country and Southern rock
gives them a biker image and a handful of 1990s hits, including ''Trashy Women'', ''Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind'' and ''Queen Of Memphis''.
AUGUST 14, 1956 TUESDAY
Hound dogs need friends, too: Washington, D.C., disc jockey Bob Rickman founds the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Elvis Presley.