(Saturday, April 14, 1956) — “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers peaked at #6 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for three weeks.
The song was ranked #314 on the
Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
Video: 'Nat King Cole Is Attacked By White Supremacists - Apr 10 - Today In Music'
(Tuesday, April 10, 1956, early evening CST) — African-American singer Nat “King” Cole was attacked and beaten today by a group of racial segregationists while performing on stage in Birmingham, Alabama.
Video: 'Elvis Presley Blue Suede Shoes Screen Test Paramount Studios 1956'
(Friday, April 6, 1956) — Paramount Pictures signed Elvis Presley to a three-movie contract today just a few days after his first screen test.
Video: '''The Milton Berle Show'' - 3 April 1956'
(Tuesday, April 3, 1956, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) — Elvis Presley made the first of two appearances on the comedy-variety show The Milton Berle Show, broadcast live from the deck of the USS Hancock on NBC while docked at the Naval Air Base in San Diego, California, performing 13-second “Shake Rattle & Roll,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” He earned $5,000. Continue reading Elvis Presley performs on ‘The Milton Berle Show’ 60 years ago this hour (Apr 3 1956)
Video: 'Vintage Soap Opera Classic: As the World Turns ( April 10, 1957)'
(Monday, April 2, 1956, 1:30 p.m./4:30 p.m. EST) — The television soap operas and As the World Turns premiered this afternoon on CBS. The Edge of Night Continue reading Soap operas ‘As the World Turns’ and ‘The Edge of Night’ premiere 60 years ago this afternoon (Apr 2 1956)
(Saturday, March 24, 1956) — “The Poor People of Paris” by Les Baxter peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for four consecutive weeks (Mar. 24/31, Apr. 7/14, 1956).
Video: 'Carl Perkins, Matchbox (1950s)'
(Thursday, March 22, 1956, shortly before sunrise EST) — Musician Carl Perkins, 23, was severely injured this morning when the car he was riding in crashed on Route 13 between Dover and Woodside, Delaware. Continue reading Carl Perkins severely injured in car crash 60 years ago this morning (Mar 22 1956)
Video: '1956 Oscars' (20 videos)
(Wednesday, March 21, 1956, 7:30-9:00 p.m. PST) — Marty, a romantic drama film about a lonely butcher who finds love despite the opposition of his friends and family, won four Oscars tonight at the 28th Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture, Delbert Mann for Best Director and Ernest Borgnine for Best Actor. Continue reading ‘Marty’ wins Best Motion Picture at 28th Academy Awards 60 years ago this hour (Mar 21 1956)
Video: 'I'm Flying (Peter Pan - 1956 Broadcast)'
(Saturday, March 17, 1956, 6:00-7:30 p.m. PST) — Mary Martin of Peter Pan and Lloyd Nolan, the neurotic captain of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, walked off with 8th Primetime Emmy Awards tonight as the best actress and actor on television in 1955. Continue reading ‘Producers’ Showcase’ and ‘The Phil Silvers Show’ big winners at Emmy Awards 60 years ago this hour (Mar 17 1956)
Video: 'My Fair Lady (Original Broadway Cast Recording)'
(Thursday, March 15, 1956, 7:30 p.m. EST) — The Frederick Loewe-Alan Jay musical play , based on Bernard Shaw’s My Fair Lady Pygmalion, opened on Broadway tonight at the Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York City, starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews.