Billy Emerson's "When It Rains It Pours" enters the New Orleans chart. This is very
probably Sam Phillips last-ever chart entry with a black artist, despite good sales on forth-coming titles by Emerson and Rosco Gordon.
The first Rock LP is released
by Bill Haley & His Comets, but full-length albums with their higher prices that limit their appeal for teenagers, remain largely the realm of adult pop singers for another decade.
A rock and roll show in Connecticut to be headlined by Fats Domino is cancelled for fear it will lead to rioting. State police subsequently ban all further rock concerts in the state.
MAY 1, 1955 SUNDAY
Elvis Presley performs in New Orleans, beginning a three-week tour as an opening act for Hank Snow.
MAY 2, 1955 MONDAY
''The Ooby Dooby'' published by Ideas, Inc., Dallas, Texas.
MAY 4, 1955 WEDNESDAY
Robert Ellis Orrall is born in Winthrop, Massachusetts. He has a minor hit
as an artist in 1992 with ''Boom! It Was Over'', and write Martha McBrite's ''Wrong Baby Wrong'', Clay Walker's ''What's It To You'' and Shenandoah's ''Next To Me, Next To You''.
Travis and Bettie Lou Robinson are married in Tijuana, Mexico. A judge later rules the wedding is not legally recognized in the United States, and they repeat the ritual in Los Angeles.
MAY 5, 1955 THURSDAY
Fiddler Glen Duncan is born in Columbus, Indiana. His credits include George Strait's ''When Did You Stop Loving Me'', Dierks Bentley's
''What Was I Thinkin''', Faith Hill's ''This Kiss'' and Shania Twain's ''Man! I Feel Like A Woman!''.
Johnny Horton holds his last recording session in a three-year association
with Mercury Records at the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville.
MAY 6, 1955 FRIDAY
Holly registers for the draft. A mentor of Waylon Jennings, his song ''True Love Ways'' becomes a country hit for Mickey Gilley.
MAY 7, 1955 SATURDAY
Jerry Johnson, known as the Smokey Mountain Sweetheart, ends a nearly two-year run as the bass player for Roy Acuff's Smokey Mountain Boys.
Songwriter Werly Fairburn joins The Louisiana Hayride, performing at the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. His writing credits later include Carl Smith's ''I Feel Like Cryin''' and Jim Reeves' ''I Guess I'm Crazy''.
Eddie Dean performs ''I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven'' during the ABC telecast of ''Ozark Jubilee''. Also appearing guitarist Grady Martin and host Red Foley.
MAY 9, 1955 MONDAY
Marvin Rainwater claims first place on ''Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts''.
MAY 11, 1955 WEDNESDAY
Alabama drummer Mark Herndon is born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He joins the Hall of Fame band
in 1979, just prior to its launch into country's mainstream. Herndon is a live fixture with the group, though he rarely plays on its recordings.
MAY 12, 1955 THURSDAY
Kix Brooks is born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He co-writes hits for John Conlee and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band before forming Brooks and Dunn with Ronnie Dunn. Together from 1991 to 2010,
they become the most successful country duo of all-time.
MAY 13, 1955 FRIDAY
Elvis Presley performance causes a riot for the first time in Jacksonville, Florida. Mae Boren Axton sees the show, and promises to write him a hit. Six months later, she brings him ''Heartbreak Hotel''.
MAY 14, 1955 SATURDAY
Dobro player Uncle Josh Graves auditions for Flatt and Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys. He remains with the group until
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs split in 1969, continuing to work for Flatt.
The Soviet Union and seven of its Eastern Bloc allies sign the Warsaw Pact in Poland. The seven
Soviet satellites that took part in the deal with the Soviet Union included Bulgaria, Albania, Hungary, East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Romania. The Warsaw Pact treaty set up a mutual defense agreement between the eight members and was created as
a response to the Western formation of NATO and their inclusion of West Germany during the Cold War. The Warsaw Pact remained intact with six of the original eight members until 1991 when the Soviet Union fell apart and was dissolved.
MAY 16, 1955 MONDAY
Capitol released Jean Shepard's double-sided hit, ''A Satisfied Mind'' backed with
An intelligence officer writes to FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover that Elvis Presley is a ''definite dancer to the security of the United States'' and
''possibly a drug addict and a sexual pervert''. The letter is placed in an FBI file on The King.
MAY 21, 1955 SATURDAY
Chuck Berry recorded ''Maybellene'', a song inspired by Bob Will's ''Ida Red'', at Chicago's Chess Recording Studio, with Willie Dixon on bass. George Jones and Johnny Paycheck have a country hit with the song, with the spelling
changed to ''Mabellene'' in 1979.
Webb Pierce quits the Grand Ole Opry on the WSM airwaves after a three-year membership. Pierce laments that he never had his own half-hour
Drummer Stan Lynch is born in Gainesville, Florida. A member of Tom Petty's band, The Heartbreaker, he co-writes Tim McGraw's 2004 country hit ''Back When''.
Pre-dating his success as a hit country songwriter, Jackie Gleason makes the cover of TV Guide with Audrey Meadows, his co-star in the sitcom ''The Honeymooners''.
Mac Wiseman performs the ''Ballad Of Davey Crockett'' on ABC's ''Ozark Jubilee''. Host Red Foley also welcomes Jean Shepard and Harold Morrison.
Charlie Feathers' "I've Been Deceived" enters the Memphis Top Five country discs on Billboard.
Malcolm Yelvington's Star Rhythm Boys are now reported to be playing under the name Malcolm Yelvington and the Warmed Over Four.