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  • Jan 1, 1956
    Sun Records releases Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes"
    Jan 1, 1956
    Elvis Presley performs two shows with Hank Snow and Webb Pierce at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis. It kicks off the year that Presley is transformed from a regional act to a superstar
    Jan 2, 1956
    Decca releases the double-sided Kitty Wells and Red Foley single "You And Me" and "No One But You"
    Jan 4, 1956
    Hank Thompson records "Anybody's Girl," "I'm Not Mad, Just Hurt" and "The Blackboard Of My Heart" during a morning session at the Capitol Studios on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles
    Jan 4, 1956
    Merle Travis is arrested at his home, at 12406 Chandler Boulevard in Los Angeles, after pistol-whipping his wife during a drunken rage
    Jan 5, 1956
    Patsy Cline records "I Cried All The Way To The Altar" at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville. The track will be employed in the 2019 PBS series "Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns"
    Jan 7, 1956
    Johnny Cash begins regular appearances on "The Louisiana Hayride," at Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport
    Jan 9, 1956
    Porter Wagoner records "What Would You Do (If Jesus Came To Your House)" and the Bill Monroe song "Uncle Pen" during an evening session at the RCA Studios on McGavock Street in Nashville
    Jan 10, 1956
    Elvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel" during his first Nashville session, held at the Methodist Television, Radio & Film Commission. The studio date also includes his cover of Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman"
    Jan 10, 1956
    Red Sovine records "If Jesus Came To Your House"

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