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January 4, 1938
JD Presley and JG Brown stood sureties for Travis Smith and Lether Gable. Vernon spent six months in custody awaiting trial.
J.D. was still farming on Orville Bean’s land; Orville Bean was his landlord so it may have encouraged J.D. to stay on the ‘right side’ of the landowner.
Humes High School, Memphis, Tennessee
Two years after Columbia Records introduced the 33 1/3 RPM long-playing vinyl record, RCA announces that they will also start using the same format.
Over 20,000 people jam the streets of Montgomery, Alabama, as Hank Williams’ funeral is held at the City Auditorium.
January 4, 1954
Elvis went to the Memphis Recording Service in hopes of auditioning for Sam Phillips, not a gift for his Mother as was the publicity story during his career.
|Memphis Recording Service – Memphis, Tennessee (private demo recording)|
January 04, 1955
Odessa, TX High School Auditorium (2 shows) were done by Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys
|Info||January 4 1956||Community Center||Jonesboro AR||(8:00 PM)|
January 4, 1958
January 4, 1959
Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #81. It will peak at #22 a month later and is now regarded as a Rock ‘n’ Roll classic.
Elvis called the Colonel at 5.00 a.m. and woke the Colonel with his call. It turned out in an hour-long chat and the Colonel joked that the call interrupted his dream about Elvis getting an early army release, but that now he didn’t get to know how the dream ended.
January 4, 1960
January 4, 1961
January 4, 1962
The British music magazine Mersey Beat publishes a group popularity poll which shows The Beatles at the top, well ahead of Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Remo Four, Rory Storm And The Hurricanes and Johnny Sandon And The Searchers.
January 4, 1963
January 4, 1964
Bobby Vinton‘s “There! I’ve Said It Again” becomes the last US number one record before the so called British Invasion. Between Bill Haley’s “Rock Around The Clock” in July, 1955 and Vinton’s hit, only five non-American artists could manage a US chart topper. All that was about to change.
After enjoying a #4 smash in early 1963 with “Tell Him”, The Exciters return to Billboard’s Hot 100 with their rendition of “Doo-Wah-Diddy”. Unfortunately the record stalled at #90 during a one week stay while a version of the same song, re-titled “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”, would top the charts in the UK, the US and Canada for the British band Manfred Mann next October.
January 4, 1965
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January 4, 1970
As a result, Sam J. Irving, Jr. D.N.C. planned to take Richard Nixon to court. Over 500 tapes as well as several hundred written documents were sought as evidence regarding this case.
The Sex Pistols board a plane at London’s Heathrow Airport and proceed to be as obnoxious as possible. A flight attendant would later tell the press “These are the most revolting people I’ve ever seen. They called us filthy names and insulted everyone in sight.”
The Isley Brothers charted with “Tears,” reaching #12 R&B. It was their last of an amazing seventy-four R&B hit singles during the century dating back to 1962. Forty-four of those had gone into the Top 20.
New music industry data showed the number of US albums sold last year tumbled 9.5% from 2006, even as the number of digital tracks sold soared by 45%.
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