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The movie Knock On Any Door, starring Humphrey Bogart and John Derek, is released to cinemas nationwide in the USA. When country singer Faron Young sees the movie he will be so struck by John Derek's line, 'Live fast, die young and leave a good-looking corpse!' that he will write the song Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young, which will peak at No1 on the Billboard country singles chart in the USA during 1955.
Rosalie Allen And The Black River Riders record One And One Is Two Baby, Radio L-O-V-E Signing off, I've Got The Craziest Feeling and Cranberry Kisses And Strawberry Hugs at Brown Radio Productions, 240 1/2 4th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Jimmy Lee Fautheree, with producer Ken Nelson, records Mistakes, How About A Date, Blowin' And Goin' and Crying Won't Change My Mind in Castle Studio at The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Guitar on the session is played by Chet Atkins.
Marty Robbins' releases a new single, I Couldn't Keep From Crying, on Columbia Records in the USA.
Lefty Frizzell records Long Black Veil, written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin, for Columbia Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The day after a riot has closed down The Newport Jazz Festival, in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, a group of country and jazz artists take part in a spontaneous jam session on the lawn ofa rented mansion nearby. Artists performing include Hank Garland and Chet Atkins (guitars), Gary Burton (Vibes), Brenton Banks (violin, piano), Floyd Cramer (piano), Bob Moore (bass), Buddy Harman (drums) and Boots Randolph (tenor sax). The results will be released as an album entitled After The Riot In Newport by The Nashville All-Stars.
Walk Right Back/Ebony Eyes by The Everly Brothers is the new No1 single in the UK according to the chart published by the NME [New Musical Express].
Country-gospel quartet The Blackwood Brothers play in Statesville, North Carolina, USA.
Flatt And Scruggs play the first of two nights in Hickory, North Carolina, USA.
Brenda Lee sings the American national anthem at the opening of the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, USA.
Ernest Tubb plays in Los Animos, New Mexico, USA.
Porter Wagoner plays the second of two nights in Casa Grande, Arizona, USA.
Brenda Lee, The Ames Brothers and Pearl Bailey are musical guests on the CBS-tv variety series The Ed Sullivan Show in New York City, USA.
Billy Walker, with producer Don Law, records Charlie's Shoes, Wild Colonial Boy, I'm Lying and The Next Voice You Hear in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session features guitarists Grady Martin, Hank Garland, Billy Byrd and Harold Bradley, bassist Joseph Zinkan, drummer Buddy Harman and pianist William Pursell.
The Wilburn Brothers record She Thinks I Still Care, Ramblin' Rose, Fool No1, Roses Are Red and other tracks with producer Owen Bradley at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Homer And Jethro and Jennie Smith are the musical guests on The Steve Allen Playhouse tv show, live from the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
Bruce Channel, Ray Stevens and Joe Dowell play in the Teenage Jamboree in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
Nick Granato is born in the USA. He will find success as a folk singer/songwriter.
In his first recording for Smash Records, in their Quonset Hut studio in Music Row, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, Roger Miller records Less And Less, Why and Ain't That Fine.
Cliff Richard is in Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, recording On My Word, Paradise Lost, Just Another Guy and The Minute You're Gone, with vocal backing by The Jordanaires.
Brenda Lee plays at The Adephi, Dublin, Eire.
Bobbi Martin records Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You), I Can't Stop Loving You, Kiss Me Goodnight and We'll Sing In The Sunshine for Coral Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Warner Mack records Hurt (Is The Name Of The Game), Sittin' On A Rock and The Way It Feels To Die, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
During his first recording session in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, Vernon Oxford records Watermelon Time In Georgia. It will be cited in the Country Music Foundation's Heartaches By The Number among the 500 greatest singles in country music history.
Roger Miller, with producer Jerry Kennedy, records Farther Along, I'll Fly Away and What A Friend We Have In Jesus, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. None of these tracks will be released.
Country music star Red Foley dies, aged 58, in his sleep of respiratory failure after a gig in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. His death will inspire Hank Williams Jr (under the pseudonym of Luke The Drifter Jr) to write the song I Was With Red Foley (The Night He Passed Away).
Marty Robbins releases a new single, My Woman, My Woman, My Wife / Martha Ellen Jenkins, on Columbia Records in the USA.
The 101ers, including singer and guitarist Joe Strummer, play at The Nashville Rooms, West London, UK. Support band The Sex Pistols. Also in the audience are Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, who will later form The Clash with Strummer.
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The first of three nights of the International Festival Of Country Music is held at Wembley Arena, London, UK. Artists appearing include Billy Armstrong, Bobby Bare, Moe Bandy, Boxcar Willie, Jeannie Denver, Ray Dexter, Lonnie Donegan, The Drifting Cowboys, Floyd Cramer, Dottsy, Buddy Emmons, Barbara Fairchild, Freddy Fender, Ken and Billie Ford, Crystal Gayle, Don Gibson, Gloria, Terri Hollowell, Jana Jay, Sleepy LaBeef, Ray Lynam & The Hillbillies, Charlie McCoy, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie Milsap, Vernon Oxford, Poacher, Ronnie Prophet, Marty Robbins, Lanie Smallwood, Billie Jo Spears, Joe Stampley, Conway Twitty, Frank Yonco and Tammy Wynette. The image appearing with this entry comes from the diary of Johnny Black, who was a press officer at CBS at the time.
Neil Young and Waylon Jennings play at the Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Ricky Skaggs plays at The Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
John Michael Montgomery's first single, Life's A Dance, is released by Atlantic Records in the USA.
Johnny Cash plays a gig in Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Ronettes, The Jordanaires, The Tokens and The O'Jays are inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in The Convention Hall, Wildwood, New Jersey, USA.
Brad Paisley, Jack Ingram, Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift play a sold-out show at The Blossom Music Centre, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA.
On her Fearless tour, Taylor Swift plays the second of two nights at the Wachovia Centre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Carrie Underwood plays at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
On her Play On Tour tour, Carrie Underwood plays at Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Charlie Louvin, of country music singing duo The Louvin Brothers, dies six months after undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer, aged 83, in Wartrace, Tennessee, USA.
In Thompson's Station, Tennessee, USA, Taylor Swift and Shania Twain recreate scenes from the movie Thelma And Louise to be used in the upcoming CMT Music Awards.
Kenny Rogers makes his African concert debut by playing to over 70,000 fans at The Titimar Festival in Agadir, Morocco.
When Dierks Bentley plays at The Station Inn in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, he is joined by two surprise guests - Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves.
During their Mechanical Bull Tour, Kings Of Leon play at Klipsch Music Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
It is reported that Miley Cyrus is in deep conflict with her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, and her godmother, Dolly Parton, following the recent publication of a photograph showing Miley sitting with what appears to be a pile of cannabis, a rolled up bank note and a vial of white powder on a table in front of her. In the light of her recent behaviour, she has been advised to go into rehab, but has refused.
Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett and George W. Bush all attend the Saints vs the Minnesota Vikings NFC Championship game in The Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
On her 1989 World Tour, Taylor Swift plays the second of two nights at Nationals Park, Washington DC, USA, supported by Vance Joy, Shawn Mendes and HAIM.
Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith), A Thousand Horses and The Cadillac Three perform live at the Big Machine Label Group CRS Bash at aVenue, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Mona play at Broadcast, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Sierra Hull plays in An Evening Of Bluegrass with Barry Bales at The Capitol Theatre, Greeneville, Tennessee, USA.