Monday 7pm: Max 20th Century 1958

This week we feature the music of 1958.

March 12 – Billie Holiday is given a year’s probation by a Philadelphia court following her arrest and guilty plea on narcotics possession charges in 1956.

In Hilversum, Netherlands, “Dors, mon amour” sung by André Claveau (music by Pierre Delanoë, text by Hubert Giraud) wins the third annual Eurovision Song Contest for France. Domenico Modugno places third for Italy with “Nel blu, dipinto di blu” which, retitled “Volare”, will reach No. 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100, and will win two Grammy Awards next year for Record of the Year and Song of the Year for 1958.

March 24 – Elvis Presley enters the U.S. Army.

August 4 – Billboard magazine launches its “Hot 100” singles chart, with Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool” as the #1 record.

September 24 – Marvin Gaye begins recording with his first group.

Otis Williams & the Distants begin their musical career. They will later join with The Primes and become The Temptations.

Phil Spector begins his recording career.

Dalida receives the Music Hall “Bravos” along with Yves Montand.

RCA introduces its first stereo LPs.

The major record labels begin to cease production of 78 rpm records.

Kenny Rogers signs his first recording contract with a major record label and makes his first national TV performance on American Bandstand.

Fred Foster opens Monument Records in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Bob Bogle and Don Wilson founds the surf instrumental group The Ventures.

The Country Music Association (CMA) is founded as the first trade association dedicated to a single music genre.