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Skiffle

William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, USA, takes out a patent on a new foodstuff - chewing gum. The substance will provide inspiration for many songs, including Chewing Gum by The Carter Family [1928], Chewing Gum Mama by The Three Flames [1950], Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour by Lonnie Donegan [1959] and Chewing Gum by Annie [2004].
Buddy Featherstonhaugh and the Radio Rhythm Club Sextet, with Vic Lewis on vocals, record Washboard Blues and Woo Woo for HMV Records in London, UK.
It is reported that a version of Rock Island Line by British skiffle star Lonnie Donegan has sold 150,000 copies in ten days in America.
A uniquely British musical form, skiffle gets its first television airing in the USA as Lonnie Donegan makes his American TV debut, singing his huge UK hit Rock Island Line on NBC's Perry Como Show in New York City. The song was first recorded in 1934 in a field recording by inmates in an Arkansas State Prison, but Donegan's version is adapted from a 1944 recording by Leadbelly. Intriguingly, though, Donegan's version will inspire New York teenager Phil Spector to acquire a guitar and thus begin the career which will introduce a whole new production style, The Wall Of Sound, to popular music.
UK skiffle star Lonnie Donegan records his version of the Leadbelly song Bring A Little Water Sylvie, in London, UK.
UK skiffle star Lonnie Donegan records his version of the Leadbelly song Bring A Little Water Sylvie and Dead Or Alive, in London, UK.
British tv show Sunday Night At The London Palladium features The Daily Mirror Disc Festival with artists including Ruby Murray, Lonnie Donegan and Ronnie Hilton, all of them chosen by Daily Mirror readers in a nation-wide poll. Each artist receives a Daily Mirror disc-oscar, a symbolic statuette incorporating a silver record.
The Mick Mulligan Band plays the first of two nights in Liverpool, UK, supported by Jimmy Jackson and His Skiffle Group.
The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey, enters the UK singles chart with Freight Train, which will peak at No5, earning Miss Whiskey the title of 'Queen of Skiffle'.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan begin a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the eighth night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the ninth night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the eleventh night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
Britain's skiffle king Lonnie Donegan records Putting On The Style and Gamblin' Man, in London, UK.
Skiffle star Lonnie Donegan reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Gamblin' Man/Putting on the Style.
Popular UK tv music series The Six-Five Special features the third heat in a skiffle group talent contest, Stanley Dale's National Skiffle Contest 1958. Tonight's heat features The Attic Boys and The Southerners.
Stanley Dale's Skiffle Show Of 1958 plays the first of five nights at The Gaumont, Bradford, UK, featuring Jim Dale, Wally Whyton And The Vipers, Susan And Valerie Pardoe, Stan Van, Campbell And Rogerson and Betty Fox's Eight Dancing Teenagers.
Stanley Dale's Skiffle Show Of 1958 plays the second of five nights at the Gaumont, Bradford, UK, featuring Jim Dale, Wally Whyton And The Vipers, Susan And Valerie Pardoe, Stan Van, Campbell And Rogerson and Betty Fox's Eight Dancing Teenagers.
Stanley Dale's Skiffle Show Of 1958 plays the third of five nights at the Gaumont, Bradford, UK, featuring Jim Dale, Wally Whyton And The Vipers, Susan And Valerie Pardoe, Stan Van, Campbell And Rogerson and Betty Fox's Eight Dancing Teenagers.
Wee Willie Harris, The Most Brothers, Tony Crombie And His Rockets and Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group play the first of six nights at The Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
Wee Willie Harris, The Most Brothers, Tony Crombie And His Rockets and Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group play the second of six nights at the Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
Wee Willie Harris, The Most Brothers, Tony Crombie And His Rockets and Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group play the last of six nights at the Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
Wee Willie Harris, The Most Brothers, Tony Crombie And His Rockets and Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group play the last of six nights at The Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
UK pop weekly the New Musical Express reports that skiffle king Lonnie Donegan is dissatisfied with the handling of his records in the USA, and is looking for a new contract.
The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group with Shirley Douglas and The Avon City Skiffle Group are the guests in BBC radio show Saturday Skiffle Club, in the UK.
The Chas McDevitt Group, featuring Shirley Douglas, plays at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Malcolm Allen Quintet.
Micky Ashman And His Ragtime Jazz band play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashton, England, UK, Europe.
Terry Dene, Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band, Johnny Duncan and his Blue Grass Boys and Russell Quaye's City Ramblers appear on UK radio show Saturday Club.
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Cliff Richard And The Drifters play at The Granada, Mansfield, UK, supported by Chas McDevitt, The Betty Smith Quintet, The Four Jones Boys and Jimmy Tarbuck.
In Liverpool, UK, skiffle group The Quarrymen audition for the Carroll Levis Search For A Star tv show, and change their name to Johnny and the Moondogs. After a couple of further name changes, they will become The Beatles.
The top four places in UK rock paper the NME's annual popularity points table are taken by Cliff Richard, Lonnie Donegan, Marty Wilde and Russ Conway.
Lonnie Donegan reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart with My Old Man's A Dustman.
Lonnie Donegan, Cliff Richard and The Drifters appear at The Empire Pool Arena, Wembley, London, UK, in the Record Star Show.
The Avon Cities Jazz Band play at the Swindon Jubilee Carnival Dance in McIlroy's Ballroom, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK, supported by Daryl Grand And The Descants and Don Jones And His Music.
Bob Wallis's Storyville Jazzmen play at the Trad Jazz Club, Walcot Common Room, Walcot, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Tommy Sanderson with Judd Proctor, Craig Douglas, Kenny Ball's Jazzmen, Valerie Masters and Johnny Duncan And His Blue Grass Boys appear on the radio show Easy Beat, presented by Brian Matthew, on the BBC Light Programme in the UK.
The Swinging Blue Genes (later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans) play at The Cavern, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Package tour A Star Spangled Night arrives at The Granada, Dartford, England, UK, Europe, starring Billy Fury, Eden Kane, The Karl Denver Trio, The Allisons, Chas McDevitt And Shirley Douglas, Peter Jay And The Jaywalkers, Dave Sampson and Gordon Peters. The tour is promoted by impresario Larry Parnes.
Danny Williams, Joe Brown And The Bruvvers, The Viscounts, Rose Brennan, Ray Pilgrim, Arthur Greenslade And The Gee-Men, Tommy Sanderson And The Sandmen and Bob Wallis And His Storyville Jazzmen provide the live music on the BBC Light Programme radio show Saturday Club, from London, England, UK, Eujrope.
The Second National Jazz Festival opens in Richmond, London, UK, with featured acts including Chris Barber, Humphrey Lyttleton, Alex Welsh, Bruce Turner, Bob Wallis, Wally Fawkes, and Gerry Brown.
Chubby Checker, The Brook Brothers, The Kestrels, Susan Singer, Chas McDevitt And Shirley Douglas, The Gary Edwards Combo, The Semi-Tones and The Red Price Orchestra play in The Twist Spectacular at The Odeon, Leeds, UK.
Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames play at The Flamingo Club, London, UK. Support is by The Tridents, featuring future rock guitar hero Jeff Beck, who then go on to an all-nighter at Ken Colyer's Studio 51, Soho, London, UK.
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The Tridents, featuring future rock guitar hero Jeff Beck, play at Ken Colyer's Studio 51, Soho, London, UK.
Lonnie Donegan appears in a Stars Organisation For Spastics show at The Palladium, London, UK.
Lonnie Donegan plays at The Aquarium, Great Yarmouth, England, UK.
Tom Lehrer heads up a benefit concert for The Concerned Citizens For Peace at The Ambassador Theatre, Washington DC, USA. Also on the bill are the New Lost City Ramblers and Lion's Den.
It is reported that UK chart-topping pop vocalist Tony Christie, known for his cheesy style, has secured a £50,000 contract to appear in advertisements for Stilton cheese.
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