1955 – Little Richard enters a New Orleans studio to begin two days of recording. The sessions don’t start well, but they end fantastically. During a break, he and his producer Bumps Blackwell go to the Dew Drop Inn for lunch. Richard starts wildly playing the piano in the bar, singing a loud and lewd version of “Tutti Frutti.” With only fifteen minutes left in the session, Richard records this version of the song with the phrase, “a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.”
1965 – Bob Dylan releases Highway 61 Revisited.
1958 – The first of Alan Freed’s Big Beat revues is held at Brooklyn, New York’s Fox Theatre. Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and his Comets, Frankie Avalon, The Elegants, Bobby Freeman, and Jimmy Clanton are all on the bill.
1957 – The Everly Brothers record “Wake Up Little Susie.”
1957 – The Quarry Men play at The Cavern Club in Liverpool without Paul McCartney, who is away at Boy Scout summer camp. Skiffle was tolerated though The Cavern was still a jazz club, but when John Lennon dares to play “Hound Dog” and “Blue Suede Shoes,” the club owner sends a note to the stage that says, “Cut out the bloody rock!”
1954 – Bill Haley records “Rock Around the Clock” at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. It is considered by many to be the version of the song that put rock and roll on the map around the world. The song is used over the opening titles for the film Blackboard Jungle and goes on to be a worldwide #1 & the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million.
1963 – The Beatles release their debut album, Please Please Me.
1958 – Big Records releases “Our Song” by teenagers Tom and Jerry. The duo from Queens, New York will soon become famous under their real names, Simon and Garfunkel.
1963 – Murray The K becomes the first American DJ to play a Beatles song on the air when he spins their UK hit “She Loves You” on WINS in New York. Murray would get exclusive interviews with the group when they came to America and would refer to himself as “The Fifth Beatle.”