1957: Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" is released by Keen Records. The single will be his biggest hit, topping the Billboard chart and selling two-and-a-half million copies. Over the next eight years he will place twenty-eight more song on the Hot 100, with three of them coming after his death on December 11th, 1964.
1971: It was a blessing in disguise when Rick Nelson played the seventh annual Rock 'n' Roll Revival Show in New York. He thought he was being booed for not playing his old hits and came away with the inspiration to write what would be his last Top Ten hit, "Garden Party", which would climb to number six in 1972. It was later revealed that the crowd was booing some trouble makers who had started a fight and were being escorted out of the building.
1957: Although it was banned by some US radio stations for its suggestive lyrics, The Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie" reached the top of the Billboard singles chart. In the UK, it reached #2. The Everly's were accompanied by guitar legend, Chet Atkins.
1958: Little Anthony And The Imperials enjoy their biggest hit when their first Billboard Top 40 entry, "Tears On My Pillow" peaks at #4. Over the next seven years they would enjoy six more hits, including two that made the Top Ten, "Goin' Out Of My Head" in 1964 and "Hurt So Bad" in 1965.
1963: "Sugar Shack" by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs hit the top of the Billboard singles chart. It would go on to be the best selling record of the year with sales of over one million copies. In the UK, the song climbed to #45 on the Record Retailer chart. Gilmer's distinctive organ sound was played on a Hammond Solovox, Model J.