(Saturday, May 12, 1956) — “Long Tall Sally” by Little Richard peaked at #6 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for one week. The song is ranked #55 on Rolling Stone‘s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
(Saturday, May 12, 1956) — “R-O-C-K” by Bill Haley and His Comets peaked at #16 on today’s Billboard Most Played by Jockeys chart for one week.
(Saturday, May 5, 1956) — “Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)” by Perry Como peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Most Played by Jockeys chart for one week.
Video: 'Vice President Alben W. Barkley's Last Words'
(Monday, April 30, 1956, 5:15 p.m. EST) — Alben W. Barkley, the 35th Vice President of the United States (1949-1953, under President Harry S. Truman), died today of a heart attack today while addressing a student political convention at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He was 78 (click here to watch Barkley’s final speech and the ambulance that took him away for treatment).
(Saturday, April 28, 1956) — “Blue Suede Shoes” by Elvis Presley (written and originally recorded by Carl Perkins) peaked at #20 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for one week.
Video: 'Godzilla, King of the Monsters!' trailer
(Wednesday, April 26, 1956) — Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, a Japanese-American science fiction kaiju horror film in which nuclear tests awaken a prehistoric monster, premiered today at Loew’s State theater in New York City.
Directed by Terry Morse and Ishiro Honda, the film starred Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, Haruo Nakajima and Katsumi Tezuka.
(Saturday, April 21, 1956) — “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presleys peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for eight consecutive weeks (Apr. 21/28, May 5/12/19/26, June 2/9, 1956).
It was Presley’s first of 18 number one hits on the chart (1956-1969).
In 2004, it was ranked #45 on Rolling Stone‘s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
Video: 'Grace Kelly Royal Wedding (1956)'
(Wednesday, April 18, 1956) — American actress Grace Kelly, 26, married Prince Rainier of Monaco, 32, today in a 16-minute civil ceremony in the Palace Throne Room of Monaco.
A church wedding took place the next day.