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  • Apr 2, 1956
    Johnny Cash records "I Walk The Line" and "Get Rhythm" at the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis
    Apr 2, 1956
    Columbia releases Ray Price's "Crazy Arms" backed with "You Done Me Wrong"
    Apr 3, 1956
    Elvis Presley appears on NBC's "The Milton Berle Show" from the deck of the U.S.S. Hancock in San Diego. He sings "Shake, Rattle And Roll," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Heartbreak Hotel," and Berle repeatedly calls him Elvin during a comedy sketch
    Apr 4, 1956
    Eddy Arnold performs with the Nashville Symphony. It marks the first of many future symphony performances for Arnold
    Apr 6, 1956
    Elvis Presley signs a three-picture deal with Paramount Pictures for $450,000
    Apr 6, 1956
    Capitol Records opens its new Hollywood headquarters, the world's first round office building, at the corner of Hollywood & Vine. Among the artists who record in the studio: Buck Owens, Glen Campbell, Dwight Yoakam and Merle Haggard
    Apr 9, 1956
    Gene Vincent records a demo tape featuring three songs. The tape lands him a recording deal with Capitol Records, for whom he re-records one of the demo's songs, "Be-Bop-A-Lula," less than a month later
    Apr 10, 1956
    Producer Sam Phillips convinces Carl Perkins to drive him to Southern Motors Cadillac in Memphis, where Perkins receives a new Caddy marking Sun Records' first million-seller, "Blue Suede Shoes." Phillips deducts the cost from Perkins' royalties
    Apr 10, 1956
    A dozen years after he appeared on the country charts, Nat "King" Cole is attacked on stage in Birmingham by six members of the White Citizens Council. Despite back injuries, Cole finishes the show but vows never to play the South again
    Apr 11, 1956
    Elvis Presley records with The Jordanaires for the first time, after a flight in which his plane developed engine trouble. They do only one song, "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," in the Nashville session

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