1959, Buddy Holly, Richard Valens and The Big Bopper all appeared at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa. This was all three acts last ever gig before being killed in a plane crash the following day.
1949, RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention of this size record made jukeboxes possible.
1957, Decca Records announced that Bill Haley & His Comets, ‘Rock Around the Clock’ had sold over a million copies in the UK, mostly on 10inch 78’s. The version of ‘Rock Around the Clock’ that was used in the movie Blackboard Jungle differs from the hit single version. The difference is in the two solo breaks.
1956, Elvis Presley started recording what would be his first album at RCA’s New York Studios. Songs recorded included his version the Carl Perkins song ‘Blue Suede Shoes’. Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley, and other Louisiana Hayride acts toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman, C. V. White, whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany, who had referred to his military regulation airmens shoes as “blue suede shoes.”
1956, Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), made his first National Television appearance on the Dorsey brother’s “Stage Show”. It was the first of six appearances on the show and the first of eight performances recorded and broadcast from CBS TV in New York City. After the success
1942, BBC radio aired a new program ‘Desert Island Discs’ presented by Roy Plomley, which went on to become the longest running UK radio show.