1959 – Goldband Records releases “Puppy Love,” the debut single by 13-year-old Dolly Parton (which had been recorded two years earlier when she was just 11). The song doesn’t chart, but later becomes a hit for Donny Osmond.
1955 – Bo Diddley records “Bo Diddley” and “I’m a Man” during his first session at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago.
Ten years ago, Brandi Carlile vaulted into the music scene with her 2007 breakthrough album The Story. Now, a new tribute covers album is on the way called Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates Ten Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child. It features a bevy of well-known artists including Dolly Parton and her wonderful cover of Brandi’s “The Story.”
1957 – Elvis Presley is served his draft notice for the US Army. He goes on to join the 32nd Tank Battalion third Armor Corps based in Germany.
1943 – After planning to return to his hometown and resume his career as a barber, Perry Como is signed to RCA Records.
1957 – Sam Cooke records “You Send Me.”
1964 – Gerry & the Pacemakers make their US TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. They perform “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.”
At her recent concert at the International House, Norwegian musician Susanna (of the Magical Orchestra) performed a chilling rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” trading in the familiar guitar riff for dark piano chords. Inspired by its universality, a quality that grants many ballads and tunes timeless, Folkadelphia will be focusing on “Jolene” and playing back a few diverse covers of this classic song.