1959 – Elvis Presley meets his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu at a party at his house in Germany, where he is serving in the US Army.
1937 – The first FM radio station in the US, Boston’s WGTR (now WAAF), is granted its construction permit by the FCC.
1957 – The Everly Brothers record “Wake Up Little Susie.”
1955 – Elvis Presley signs a contract that names Colonel Tom Parker his “special advisor” with control over virtually every aspect of Elvis’ career. Parker is not really a Colonel at all, but a Dutch immigrant named Andreas Cornelius van Kujik, whose honorary title was given to him in 1948 by Governor Jimmie Davis of Louisiana. Parker’s pre-Elvis experience includes promoting carnival and medicine shows such as The Great Parker Pony Circus and Tom Parker And His Dancing Turkeys. His management of Presley becomes the defining role of masterminding talent management, which involves every facet of the client’s life and is seen as central to the success of Presley’s career.
1954 – Sun Records releases the first Elvis Presley single, ‘”That’s All Right,” a cover of Arthur Crudup’s 1946 tune “That’s All Right, Mama.” Only about 7,000 original copies are pressed, but the disc becomes a local hit in Memphis.
1964 – The Beatles release A Hard Day’s Night in the US.
1960 – Elvis Presley, who was recently discharged from the Army, appears on Frank Sinatra’s variety TV special, Welcome Home Elvis. The two artists perform “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender” together.
1957 – At the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, The Everly Brothers make their stage debut.