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50th Anniversary (1958)

50th Anniversary (1958) Feb. 3: "Great Balls of Fire" Goodness, gracious, has it been a half-century since Jerry Lee Lewis proclaimed his burning desire in this No. 2 hit? (His career would suffer a major setback later that year when it was revealed he was married ... to his 13-year-old cousin.) March 24: Elvis is inducted into the Army A crew cut replaces the pompadour and sideburns, and across America, teenage girls' hearts are torn asunder. September: Westerns rule TV The fall's TV schedule features 28 oaters, including seven of the season's top 10 shows: "Gunsmoke"; "Wagon Train"; "Have Gun Will Travel"; "The Rifleman"; "Maverick"; "Tales of Wells Fargo"; and "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp." Sept. 11: "Gigi" We can still whistle "The Night They Invented Champagne" from this best picture Oscar winner about a turn-of-the century French girl (Leslie Caron) groomed to be a courtesan. Dec. 22: "The Chipmunk Song" Record producer David Seville speeded up his voice for a chart-topping novelty hit, and a franchise was born, stretching to the current movie smash starring Alvin, Theodore and Simon.
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