Lavern Baker begins a tour to start in Australia. She takes out a $125,00 life insurance policy naming Georgia Gibbs as sole beneficiary. In a letter to Gibbs Baker writes that the policy is to provide for her should she be deprived in the event of my untimely death "of the opportunity of copying my songs and arrangements in the future" The letter closes Tra La La and Tweedle Dee, LaVern Baker.
Jan 6 Elvis Presley makes final appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" He is photographed from the waist up.
Jan 8 Bill Haley and His Comets begin first overseas tour in Newcastle, Australia
Jan 25 Little Richard and his ten piece band play for a week at the Apollo Theater in New York
Feb 2 Fats Domino appears on "the Perry Como Show' and sings Blue Berry Hill
and Blue Monday
Feb 6 Bill Haley and his Comets become the first American act to tour the UK
Feb 23 Jerry Lee Lewis makes a guest appearance on the "Big D Jamboree" broadcast from the Dallas Sportatorium.
Newly formed Roulette Records is sued by Monte Carlo Records which contends that Roulette's use of the roulette wheel logo infringes on Monte Carlo's label style.
March 1 Etta James begins a lengthy tour in Columbia, Georgia.
March 3 Chicago's Catholic Diocese bans rock and roll from all school functions.Within days sales of rock and roll records in Chicago go through the roof.
March 19 Elvis Presley purchases a 18 room, $100,000 in Memphis. The house will be known as Graceland.
Apr 6 Alan Freed as a national spokesman for the Arthritis Foundation hosts a 19
hour telethon over WABD-TV that features rock and roll talent
Apr 10 "I'm Walking" by Ricky Nelson is heard on ABC-TV's "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
April 12 Dot records, a leading independent record company is founded by Randy Wood in the back room of his record store in Gallatin, Tennessee, is sold to ABC-Paramount
Apr 28 Bill Haley and His Comets appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
It is reported in the music press that sale of 45 r.p.m.
records juke box operators account for
50-60% of all 45 r.p.m. record sales. Consequentially a juke box hit is virtually guaranteed
a top ten slot on the record sales charts.
May 4 Alan Freed hosts "Rock 'n Roll Revue his first nationally televised
show.7:30-*:00 on ABC. Devoted to exposing new as well as established rock and roll acts
May 9 Billy Haley and His Comets Make an national appearance on Ray Bolger's Washington Square Show on NBC at 9:00
May 25 Fats Domino makes an appearance on "The Perry Como Show" on NBC-TV
May 27 A 10% tax on reels of blank tape is proposed in the United States Ways and Means Committee. The tax would seek to curb the rise in home tape recording of records.
Johnny Moore, lead singer of the Drifters, is drafted into the Army.
June 10 The Platters play a sold out show in California's Oakland Auditorium.
June 20 The House of Representatives passes a bill levying a 10% tax on tape and wire recorders, players and recorder players. Records had already been subjected to this tax
June 22 Jerry Lee Lewis appears on the Big D Jamboree" in Dallas.
June 30 The Everly Brothers appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
July 1 Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers open at the Paramount theater in New York.
July 9 Loving You, Elvis Presley's second movie, premieres at the Strand Theatre in Memphis.
The movie opens national June 30
Jul 12 Alan Freed begins a 13 week national television show devoted to rock and roll.
The show is broadcast from 10-10:30 every Friday on ABC-TV network.
July 26 Fats Domino guests on Alan Freed's weekly ABC-TV show
July 28 Jerry Lee Lewis sings "A Whole lot of Shakin' Going On" at his national television debut
on NBC-TV's "The Steve Allen Show"
Imperial records signs Ricky Nelson to an exclusive long term contract.
Aug 4 The Everly Brothers appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Aug 5 The ABC-TV network premiers an afternoon dance party show American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark.
On the opening show, the performers were Billy Williams and the Chordettes.
Art Rupe of Specialty Records announces the hiring of a new
Hollywood artist and repertoire man Sonny Bono.
Imperial Records announces the signing of Ricky Nelson to an exclusive long term recording contract. Ricky's second record has just been released by Verve records, but he and his parents never formally sign a contract with Verve.
Aug 11 Jerry Lee Lewis appears a second time on The Steve Allen Show. This is the only time Allen would
ever beat The Ed Sullivan Show,
Aug 12 Gene Vincent makes a rare television appearance on American Bandstand.
Aug 16 Buddy Holly play NY for the first time at the Apollo Theater.
Aug 19 Jerry Lee Lewis appears and plays live on American Bandstand.
Aug 23 Buddy Holly and the Crickets guest On Alan Freed's ABC-TV show.
Aug 26 Buddy Holly and the Crickets appear on American Bandstand.
Liberty Records sends its new recording artist Eddie Cochran out to Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis
Universal Pictures announces the signing s of Fats Domino, the Dell Vikings and the Diamonds to do cameos for the rock and roll picture "The Big Beat".
Sept 3 The Mello-Kings appear on "American Bandstand"
Sept 7 Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps appear on the "Big D Jamboree" in Dallas
Sep 13 The Everly Brothers sing "Wake Up Little Susie" on "American Bandstand.
Mercury/Starday records sign song writer J.P. "jape Richardson, a disk jockey at KTRM, Beaumont, Texas.
The Nelsons are in litigation with Verve Records over Rickey's recording contract. Verve who had issued his first two releases sues for breech of contract when Ricky signs with Imperial Records. The Nelsons countersue asking for $42,000 in unpaid royalties. Then Verve countersues for one million dollars in damages.
Sept 16 Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps and the Diamonds appear on ABC-TV
Sept 21 Scotty Moore, electric guitar, and Bill Black, bass who have been with Elvis Presley through his entire career, quit over a dispute over wages.
Sept 27 Jerry Lee Lewis headlines the Apollo Theater. During his nine minutes on stage he played four songs.
Oct 4 Jackie Wilson sings Reet Petite on "American Bandstand
Oct 6 The Everly Brothers appear on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show"
Oct 13 In Sydney, Australia Little Richard announces he is quitting Rock and roll. He plans to be baptized in to the Seventh Day Adventist Church
Oct 17 Jailhouse Rock, Elvis Presely's third motion picture premiers at the Loew's State Theater in Memphis. As a high school student Presley had been an usher there. The movie opens at theaters on Nov 8
Oct 18 Little Richard fulfills his recording contract with Specialty Records by recording a half dozen songs in a three hour session at Master Recorders. It will be six years before he records again
Oct 26 Gene Vincent appears on "American Bandstand
Nov 4 Jerry Lee Lewis sings his latest release "Great Balls of Fire on
Nov 8 After three years in show business, Chuck Berry makes his television debut lip-syncing his recording of "Rock and Roll Music" on "American Bandstand".
Nov 15 Billy Haley and His Comets make a rare television appearance on "The Big Record" on CBS-TV
Nov 17 Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps sing "Lotta Lovin'" and "Dance to the Bop" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show"
Nov 27 Bill Haley and His Comets sing "(You Hit the Wrong Note) Billy Goat on "American Bandstand".
Dec 1 Buddy Holly and the Crickets make their television debut on "The Ed
Sullivan Show"singing "That will Be the Day and "Peggy Sue"
Dec 5 The Diamonds introduce a new dance called "the Stroll on "American Bandstand" Kids form two lines while a couple strolls down the middle
Dec 7 The Everly Brothers appear on NBC-TV's "The Perry Como Show"
Dec 8 The Platters appear CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show"
Dec 12 Jerry Lee Lewis 22, marries 13 year old second cousin Myra Gale Brown in Hernando, Mississippi while still married to to another woman
Dec 14 Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps Play in Dallas on the "Big D Jamboree"
Dec 16 Gene Vincent and Bobby Helms appear on "American Bandstand".
Dec 19 Elvis Presley receives his draft notice to report for two years of service in the US Army on Jan 20, 1958.
Dec 22 Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show
RCA Victor announces a price hike for 45 rpm singles from 89 to 98 cents Mercury and Imperial Follow as all record companies eventually will do