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Skiffle

Hugh Mendl is born in London, UK. He will become a celebrated record producer with Decca Records, responsible for Lonnie Donegan's first recordings, which launched the skiffle craze and led to the birth of British rock'n'roll. In the 1960s he will be instrumental in bringing David Bowie and Genesis to Decca and will produce the Moody Blues' album Days of Future Passed.
John Martyn Booker is born in London, UK. He will find fame as Johnny Martyn, founder-member and guitarist with influential UK skiffle group The Vipers.
Washboard Sam records Down At The Old Village Store for Bluebird Records at The Leland Hotel, Aurora, Illinois, USA. Guitar on this session is played by Big Bill Broonzy.
Sonny Boy Williamson records Groundhog Blues, Black Panther Blues and other tracks in Chicago, Illinois. He is accompanied on the session by Washboard Sam on washboard.
Sonny Boy Williamson records Groundhog Blues, Black Panther Blues and other tracks in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is accompanied on the session by Washboard Sam on washboard.
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.
Johnny Parker, with The Pete Rugolo Orchestra and The King Sisters, records Can't Seem To Laugh Anymore, Never Again, Our Little Ranch House and Two Weeks With Pay at MGM Studios, New York City, USA. The orchestra includes such jazz luminaries as Maynard Ferguson, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Shelly Manne and Kai Winding.
Anthony Donegan's Jazz Band plays at The Royal Festival Hall, London, UK, supported by Lonnie Johnston. (Anthony Donegan would find greater fame as Lonnie Donegan, the UK's Skiffle King)
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.
Britain's 'King Of skiffle', Lonnie Donegan plays at the Stoll Theatre, Kingsway, London, UK, supported by Terry Lightfoot's Jazzmen, The Al Fairweather Quartet, The Dill Jones Trio and Yolanda.
Britain's 'King Of skiffle', Lonnie Donegan plays at the Stoll Theatre, Kingsway, London, supported by Terry Lightfoot's Jazzmen, the Al Fairweather Quartet, the Dill Jones Trio and Yolanda.
British skiffle king Lonnie Donegan has two UK singles chart entries in one day - Bring A Little Water Sylvie and Dead Or Alive.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the last night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
An "All Star Skiffle Contest" is held at the Town Hall, Kensington, London, UK, with additional live music from Harry Walton's Ragtime Band and The Rhythm Kings.
A package tour, The Fantabulous Rock'n'Roll Show of '57, arrives at the Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, West Virginia, USA. Headliners are Ruth Brown, The Coasters, The Drifters, Bo Diddley, Smiley Lewis, The Five Satins and Paul 'Hucklebuck' Williams. When a female Bump'n'Grind duo called The Spence Twins take to the stage in flimsy negligee-like outfits, the place erupts and police have to be called in to stop the show. On the same day, amateur skiffle group The Quarrymen perform from the back of a lorry in Roseberry St, Liverpool, UK. Their guitarist is John Lennon, later to form The Beatles.
Johnny Duncan And The Blue Grass Boys, Terry Lightfoot And His New Orleans Jazz Band and The Crescents play at St George's Hall, Bradford, UK. Lightfoot's band includes drummer Ginger Baker, later to find fame with 60s supergroup The Cream.
Chris Barber's Jazz Band, Mick Mulligan and his Band with George Melly, Sandy Brown and his Band with Neva Raphallo, Johnny Duncan And His Blue Grass Boys and Russell Quaye's City Ramblers play at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. The show is broadcast live by BBC radio's Light Programme as Jazz Saturday.
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.
Skiffle star Lonnie Donegan becomes the first act to appear at The Granada, Kettering, UK, after The Granada cinema chain decides to host touring music road shows.
Lonnie Donegan, plays at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, with Betty Smith, Phil Fernando, The Red Peppers and The Four Jacks.
Liverpool, UK, skiffle group The Quarrymen play their first live show with new guitarist George Harrison, who will find greater success as a member of The Beatles.
Skiffle group The Quarrymen play for a wedding reception at 25 Upton Green, Speke, Liverpool, UK, the home of their guitarist, George Harrison. The group also includes John Lennon, Paul McCartney. This trio will later form The Beatles.
Cliff Richard And The Drifters, The Four Jones Boys, Daley & Wayne, The Betty Smith Quintet and Chas McDevitt And The Freight Train Boys play at St. George's Hall, Bradford, UK, with Jimmy Tarbuck as compere.
The Chas McDevitt Group, featuring Shirley Douglas, plays in the Big Beat Dance Of 1959 at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, England, UK, Europe, supported by Vince Taylor, Leroy Powell and The Beatnicks.
Lonnie Donegan reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart with My Old Man's A Dustman.
Ken Colyer's Jazzmen with The Skiffle Group plus Ian Menzies and his Clyde Valley Stompers featuring Fionna Duncan, play at St George's Hall, Bradford, UK.
My Old Man's A Dustman by Lonnie Donegan reaches No1 in the Australian pop singles chart.
UK music weekly the Melody Maker reports that a copyright dispute about Lonnie Donegan's hit My Old Man's A Dustman has been resolved with Donegan's publishing company Tyler Music [a subsidiary of Essex Music] agreeing to pay fees to Lawrence Wright.
My Old Man's A Dustman by Lonnie Donegan reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows, Bert Weedon, The Kaye Sisters, Chas McDevitt and others plays a charity benefit show at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows play at The Gaumont, Bradford, UK, supported by The Brook Brothers, Chas McDevitt And Shirley Douglas, The Hunters and Dave Sampson.
Lonnie Donegan, Miki And Griff, Suzie Miller, The Dallas Boys, Gil And Freddie Levedo, The Tiller Girls and Norman Vaughan are appearing in Putting On The Donegan at The Winter Gardens Pavilion, Blackpool, England, UK, Europe.
The First National Jazz Festival, organised by Marquee Club owner Harold Pendleton, begins at Richmond Athletic Grounds, Richmond, Surrey, UK. Acts appearing over the course of the two day event include Johnny Dankworth, Chris Barber, The Mike Cotton Jazzmen, Tubby Hayes, Ken Colyer, The Back of Town Syncopaters, Gerry Brown's Jazzmen, The Clyde Valley Stompers, Alan Elsdon, The Tubby Hayes Quintet, Jazz News All Stars, Terry Lightfoot, The Merseysippi Jazz Band, The Original Downtown Syncopaters, The Freddy Randall Band, The Don Rendell Quintet, The Ronnie Rose Quintet, Alvin Roy's Saratoga Jazz Band, The Ken Sims Vintage Jazz Band, Bob Wallis And His Storyville Jazz and Alex Welsh And His Band.
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The Swinging Blue Genes play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe. They will find success after changing their name to The Swinging Blue Jeans.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans] play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, along with Gerry And The Pacemakers.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans] play an evening show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe. Also on the bill is Gerry And The Pacemakers.
Gene Vincent, Johnny Kidd And The Pirates, Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys, Jess Conrad and Sounds Incorporated play at The Oasis Ballroom, Manchester, England, UK, Europe. The show is promoted by Don Arden.
Newly released singles reviewed in today's edition of UK pop weekly the NME [New Musical Express] include Oh Delilah by Neil Sedaka, When I Get Through With You by Patsy Cline and I'll Never Fall In Love Again by Lonnie Donegan.
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.
A tv special, Go Tell It On The Mountain, is broadcast by Granada TV in the UK. The show, produced by Johnnie Hamp, is hosted by Peter, Paul And Mary, but also features The Yardbirds (including Eric Clapton), Johnny Duncan And The Blue Grass Boys and Pete Sayers.
The Tridents, featuring future rock guitar hero Jeff Beck, play at Ken Colyer's Studio 51, Soho, London, UK.
The Tridents, featuring future rock guitar hero Jeff Beck, play at Ken Colyer's Studio 51 Club, 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.
Mad River play in a Resistance Benefit at the Pauley Ballroom, Berkeley, California, USA, supported by The Cleanliness And Godliness Skiffle Group.
Vikki Carr and Lonnie Donegan are playing at The Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Lonnie Donegan, instigator of Britain's skiffle music craze and an influence on many rock'n'rollers including The Beatles, Elton John, Phil Spector and Van Morrison, dies aged 71 in Peterborough, UK.
Jazz pianist Johnny Parker, who played for many years with Humphrey Lyttelton, Monty Sunshine and Kenny Ball, dies aged 80.
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