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  • Oct 3, 1955
    The children's show "Captain Kangaroo," starring Bob Keeshan, makes its debut on CBS-TV. It's referenced a decade later in The Statler Brothers' first hit single, "Flowers On The Wall"
    Nov 13, 1955
    Al Hibbler performs "Unchained Melody" on the CBS variety show "Toast Of The Town." The song will become a country hit twice: for Elvis Presley in 1978, and for LeAnn Rimes in 1997
    Nov 20, 1955
    Having promised to perform the current country hit "Sixteen Tons," R&B act Bo Diddley instead does "Bo Diddley" on "The Ed Sullivan Show" from New York. The CBS host never invites Diddley to sing on the program again
    Nov 28, 1955
    "I Love Lucy" characters Fred and Ethel Mertz audition for a rodeo show at Madison Square Garden with Darby & Tarlton's "Birmingham Jail." The CBS episode also features a rendition of "Home On The Range." Also appearing: Doye O'Dell
    Jan 28, 1956
    Elvis Presley makes his first national TV appearance on The Dorsey Brothers' "Stage Show." He sings "Shake, Rattle And Roll"
    Feb 3, 1956
    "The Adventures Of Champion" ends a short-lived run on CBS-TV. The series was produced by Gene Autry's company and based on his trusty Wonder Horse
    Feb 4, 1956
    Elvis Presley sings "Baby, Let's Play House" on The Dorsey Brothers' "Stage Show"
    Feb 11, 1956
    Elvis Presley sings "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Heartbreak Hotel" in his third appearance on The Dorsey Brothers' "Stage Show." Ella Fitzgerald is guest host
    Feb 18, 1956
    Elvis Presley makes his fourth appearance on The Dorsey Brothers' "Stage Show," singing "Tutti Frutti" and "I Was The One"
    Mar 17, 1956
    Elvis Presley appears for the fifth time on The Dorsey Brothers' "Stage Show," singing "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Blue Suede Shoes"

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