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  • Aug 1, 1955
    Johnny Cash plays the first major concert of his career, opening for Webb Pierce, Wanda Jackson and Elvis Presley at the Mississippi-Alabama Fairgrounds in Tupelo, Mississippi. They work four more cities over the next four days
    Aug 1, 1955
    The Burt Lancaster western "The Kentuckian" debuts in movie theaters. Eddy Arnold's version of the theme, "The Kentuckian Song," is already a hit on radio
    Aug 2, 1955
    Drummer Jimmy Lowe, from Pirates Of The Mississippi, is born in Atlanta. He plays on the band's lone hit, 1991's "Feed Jake"
    Aug 3, 1955
    Elvis Presley's parents are expected to sign a deal in Little Rock making Colonel Tom Parker an advisor to their son, but Presley's mother, Gladys, delays the decision
    Aug 6, 1955
    Hank Snow, Lefty Frizzell, Eddie Dean, Freddie Hart and The Collins Kids perform the first-ever country concert at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. The evening is emceed by songwriter Joe Nixon
    Aug 6, 1955
    Sun Records releases Elvis Presley's two-sided single "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" and "Mystery Train"
    Aug 8, 1955
    Drummer D.J. Fontana appears for the first time as a regular member of Elvis Presley's band at a show at the Mayfair Building in Tyler, Texas
    Aug 8, 1955
    Decca releases Ernest Tubb's "The Yellow Rose Of Texas"
    Aug 9, 1955
    Marty Robbins records a version of Chuck Berry's "Maybelline" at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville
    Aug 12, 1955
    Elvis Presley performs a concert at Driller Park in Kilgore, Texas. In the audience is Bob Luman, who is so inspired that he forsakes traditional country for a future path in rockabilly-tinged country

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