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Skiffle

Orville Gibson founds the Gibson Mandolin Manufacturing Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. After his death the company will increasingly make guitars, the pinnacle of which is generally considered to be the Gibson Les Paul.
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.
The Dixie Washboard Band records Wait Till You See My Baby Do The Charleston and Livin' High for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Blues-jazz vocalist Margaret Webster records You've Got To Give Me Some, for Okeh Records in New York City, USA, with Charlie Green on trumpet, Clarence Williams on piano and Floyd Casey on washboard.
Anthony Donegan is born in Glasgow, Scotland. He will find fame as the UK's Skiffle King, Lonnie Donegan.
One of the first clubs to offer regular skiffle music sessions, The Round House, Wardour St, London, UK, opens with music by Ken Colyer and Bob Watson's Skiffle Group.
Rock Island Line, Lonnie Donegan's skiffle-inflected cover version of an old Leadbelly song, peaks at No8 in the UK singles charts. This is the record which will inspire New York teenager Phil Spector to acquire a guitar.
Purist British skiffle fans are horrified to discover that Skiffle King Lonnie Donegan has dropped the washboard from his new group line-up. "We haven't incorporated a washboard in the new group," he explains, "for the very simple reason that I don't like them."
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the seventh 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.
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 new one-hour-long BBC radio show, Saturday Skiffle Club, is broadcast for the first time in the UK.
A new thirty minute BBC Radio series called Skiffle Session broadcasts its first show in the UK with a weekly budget of
Lonnie Donegan stars in the Skiffle Sensation of 1957 Show at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill are Chas McDevitt with Nancy Whiskey, The Avon Cities Jazz Band, Bob Cort, and the Cy Laurie Jazz Band.
Lonnie Donegan stars in the Skiffle Sensation of 1957 Show at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK. Also on the bill are Chas McDevitt with Nancy Whiskey, The Avon Cities Jazz Band, Bob Cort, and the Cy Laurie Jazz Band.
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.
Skiffle star Lonnie Donegan reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Gamblin' Man/Putting on the Style.
After his band The Quarrymen finishes a set at St Peter's Church fete in Woolton, Liverpool, UK, John Lennon meets Paul McCartney, his future partner in The Beatles. This meeting will inspire singer-songwriter Steve Forbert to write his song You'd See The Things That I See, which is an attempt to imagine what John Lennon might have been thinking after meeting Paul McCartney.
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The Rattlesnakes, a skiffle group including Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb [later to become the Bee Gees] have their first professional gig - a ten-minute slot singing Everly Brothers covers - at The Gaumont Cinema, Chorlton, Manchester, UK.
BBC TV rock show The Six Five Special expands into a live touring show, and plays its very first concert in Salisbury. Tonight's cast includes Wee Willie Harris; Don Lang and The Frantic Five; Rosemary Squires; Jimmy Jackson; Carl Barriteau; Kenny Baker and his Half Dozen; The Blue Star Skiffle Group; Joe 'Mr Piano' Henderson.
Guitarist George Harrison plays Raunchy during a Quarrymen gig at The Morgue Skiffle Cellar, Liverpool, 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 third 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 fourth of six nights at the Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
The Treniers, play at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, with The Hedley Ward Trio, The Chas McDevitt Group and Terry Wayne. [Jerry Lee Lewis was billed to headline but had to pull out when a scandal erupted over his under-age wife.]
To reflect changes in popular music tastes, the BBC radio show Saturday Skiffle Club, in the UK changes its name to Saturday Club. Guests on the first of the new-style shows are Terry Dene And The Aces, Johnny Duncan And His Blue Grass Boys and, in the 'Jazz Cellar' section, Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band.
Britain's king of skiffle, Lonnie Donegan, records Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavour, Little Liza Jane, On Top Of Old Smokey, Puttin' On the Style, Camptown Races and other tracks, in London, UK.
Petula Clark, Lonnie Donegan, Max Bygraves, Shirley Bassey, Alma Cogan, Humphrey Lyttelton and others appear in the Record Star Show, the first live music concert to take place at Wembley Empire Pool (later re-named Wembley Arena), London, UK. The event, sponsored by Vera Lynn's Stars Organisation for Spastics and the Daily Express newspaper, attracts an audience of 8,000 people.
Joan Baez makes her recording debut when her duet with Bob Gibson at Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island is taped for a live album. Other acts appearing at the two-day event include Odetta, Pete Seeger, Tommy Clancy, Earl Scruggs, John Jacob Niles, Jean Ritchie, Ed McCurdy and The New Lost City Ramblers.
Lonnie Donegan releases the single My Old Man's A Dustman in the UK.
My Old Man's A Dustman by Lonnie Donegan reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
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.
The Swinging Blue Genes, later to find success as The Swinging Blue Jeans, play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Wallis's Storyville Jazzmen play at the Trad Jazz Club, Walcot Common Room, Walcot, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Swinging Blue Genes, later to find success as The Swinging Blue Jeans, play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans] play at The Cavern, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
While in New York City, USA, on a business trip, Lonnie Donegan and his manager Cyril Berlin are staying at The Hotel Plaza.
The Swinging Blue Genes (later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans) play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Package tour A Star Spangled Night arrives at The Empire, Liverpool, 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.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans], and Gerry And The Pacemakers, play an evening show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans] plus Johnny Sandon And The Searchers play an evening show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
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.
Henry 'Red' Allen plays at Central Hall, Westminster, London, UK, with His All-Stars - Diz Disley, Sandy Brown, Mac Parker, Johnny Duncan, Jim Bray and Terry Cox.
The Tridents, featuring future rock guitar hero Jeff Beck, play at Ken Colyer's Studio 51, Soho, London, UK.
In a concert billed as "Honest-To-Goodness-String-Music-Of-The-Hills", The New Lost City Ramblers and Elizabeth Cotten play at The Town Hall, New York City, USA.
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.
The Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, a two-day event, begins in Cheltenham, UK.
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