1960, Elvis Presley won his first Gold record for his second studio album ‘Elvis’. It spent four weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, making Presley the first recording artist to have both albums go straight to No.1 in the same year.
1957, Disc jockey Pete Murray began hosting BBC television’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll music program The Six-Five Special, named for the time the show began, five minutes after six. The show was given air-time immediately after the abolition of what was called the Toddlers’ Truce, which had seen television stop between 6 and 7pm so children could be put to bed.
1962, Ray Charles recorded ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ at United Studios in Hollywood, California. The tune would go on to top both the US and UK charts and would be included on the LP ‘Modern Sounds In Country / Western Music’, which would lead the Billboard album chart for 14 weeks.
1955, Ruby Murray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Softly, Softly’. The Belfast-born recording and TV star of the mid 50s was the first act to score five simultaneous Top 20 hits.
1961, Frank Sinatra launched his own record label, Reprise Records, in order to allow more artistic freedom for his own recordings. Hence, he garnered the nickname “The Chairman of the Board.” One of the label’s founding principles under Sinatra’s leadership was that each artist would have full creative freedom, and at some point complete ownership of their work. Reprise later became the home of many influential US acts such as Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman and The Beach Boys.