NOVEMBER 10, 1954 WEDNESDAY
Sun Records released (Sun 211)
Malcolm Yelvington's much-delayed debut with a hillbilly version of Stick McGhee's rollicking novelty blues smash from 1949, ' 'Drinkin' Wine Spodee-O-Dee'' backed with ''Just Rollin' Along'', and a new single by sometime one-man-band Doctor Ross, whose ''The
Boogie Disease'' backed with ''Jukebox Boogie'' (Sun 212) captured all the qualities of uninhibited good time, emphasized even more by the slapback effect, as applied to an already overamplified guitar, that chareacterized so much of the early catalogue. Neither
record did a thing.
NOVEMBER 13, 1954 SATURDAY
Kendall is born in St. Louis, Missouri. With her father, Royce, she takes part in the duo The Kendalls, whose gospel-based harmonies and cheatin' themes are exemplified by their million-selling signature song, 1977s ''Heaven's Just A Sin Away''.
NOVEMBER 16, 1954 TUESDAY
Faron Young's stint with the Army
comes to an end.
Jimmy Martin recorded ''20/20 Vision'' with The Osborne Brothers in Nashville. The bluegrass classic is ranked among the 500 greatest
country singles in history in the Country Music Foundation's 2003 book ''Heartaches By The Number''.
NOVEMBER 17, 1954 WEDNESDAY
Chet Atkins recorded ''Mister Sandman'' at the Methodist Television, Radio and Film Commission in Nashville, Tennessee.
The city of Atlanta observes Faron Young Day.
NOVEMBER 18, 1954 THURSDAY
Red Foley recorded ''Hearts Of Stone''.
Teresa Brewer recorded the pop version of
Jenny Lou Carson's ''Let Me Go, Lover''.
NOVEMBER 19, 1954 FRIDAY
Slim Whitman recorded ''Cattle Call'' at the KWKH studios in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Faron Young makes his first Grand Ole
Opry appearance since ending a two-year stint in the Army.
Charlie Walker recorded his first charted hit, ''Only You, Only You''.
NOVEMBER 20, 1954 SATURDAY
Gene Autry make his first appearance
on the Grand Ole Opry, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
June Carter signs a one-year solo recording contract with Columbia Records.
NOVEMBER 22, 1954 MONDAY
Decca released Justin Tubb's duet with
Goldie Hill, ''Sure Fire Kisses''.
June Carter holds her first solo recording session, cutting ''Let Me Go, Lover''.
NOVEMBER 26, 1954 FRIDAY
Les Paul and Mary Ford suffer a tragedy when she has a miscarriage.
Movie writer/director/producer Joel Coen is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He and brother Ethan Coen create the 2000 film ''O Brother, Where Art Thou?'', which yields
a multi-platinum soundtrack full of American roots music, including bluegrass.
The McGuire Sisters recorded the pop hit ''Sincerely'', which becomes a country hit for
The Forester Sisters in 1988.
THE SINGER IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE SONG - When the barriers that separated pop and country music
began to crumble in the wake of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash was one of the first young country artists to take his place in the pop charts. Ironically, as hillbilly music slicked itself up in search of the wider market, Johnny Cash broke through with a sound
so spare and underproduced that it must have seemed anachronistic even to the more conservative elements of Nashville establisment. Cash arrived at Sun Records with a sound that altered remarkably little throughout a long and often troubled career.
It was essentially a sound born of necessity: the minimal backing and the limited range of Cash's vocals defined the full extent of the group's ability. However, where other producers might
have tried to disguise the shortcomings, Sam Phillips made a virtue of necessity and in so doing he helped to create one of the most distinctive sounds in country music.
fundamental problem with the sound that Cash and his group forged with Phillips lay in the tendency towards sameness. With that problem in mind - and the pop market within their grasp - Phillips gave over the producer's chair to Jack Clement, whose confection
were a contradiction of the essential nature of Cash's music. However, Clement's productions pointed the way towards Cash's salvation in the newly emerging country-pop market. By the time Cash quit Sun in 1958, he had established an enviable track record.
He had also become a "stylist" (the hihest accolade bestowed by his label-mate Jerry Lee Lewis); the singer was more important than the song.