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, winning his owner many thousands of pounds. The race will inspire an enduringly popular folksong, known variously as Skewball or Stewball
, which has been recorded by Woody Guthrie
, Lead Belly
, The Hollies
, Peter Paul And Mary, The Weavers, Lonnie Donegan and many others, often with significant changes in both the lyric and the melody.
A memorable horse race at The Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland, is won by an eleven-year-old English gelding,
Robert Brown is born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, USA. He will find fame as a blues artist only after a change of name to Washboard Sam
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.
Sonny Boy Williamson
records Groundhog Blues, Black Panther Blues and other tracks in Chicago, Illinois. He is accompanied on the session by Washboard Sam
One of the first clubs to offer regular skiffle
music sessions, the Round House, Wardour St, London, opens with music by Ken Colyer
and Bob Watson's Skiffle Group.
producer Hugh Mendl is the guest on the British tv show Off The Record, hosted by Jack Payne. Mendl produced 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
to Decca and will produce the Moody Blues
' album Days of Future Passed.
and Lonnie Donegan play at the Town Hall, Catford, UK.
During an American tour, UK skiffle
king Lonnie Donegan is backed by the Johnny Burnette
Trio for a show in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
During a US tour, UK skiffle king Lonnie Donegan is backed by the Johnny Burnette
Trio for a show in Detroit, Michigan.
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."
Britain's skiffle king Lonnie Donegan records Putting On The Style and Gamblin' Man, in London, UK.
A new thirty minute BBC Radio series called Skiffle Session
broadcasts its first show in the UK, with a weekly budget of
A National Skiffle Contest
is held in Bury St Edmunds, UK, featuring such acts as The Sunrisers, The Vampires, The Black
Zombies, 2.19, The Skiffle Cats, the Five Sided Squares and others.
Winners are the 2.19 Skiffle Group.
Puttin' On The Style
/ Gamblin' Man by Lonnie Donegan spends the last day of two weeks at No1 in the UK pop music singles chart.
Skiffle king Lonnie Donegan plays at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
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.
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
Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys, The Southlanders, Smoothey And Layton, Paul And Peta Page and Freddie Earle play 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.
And His Orchestra, featuring Irma Logan, play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, England, UK, Europe.
, Lonnie Donegan, Max Bygraves
, Shirley Bassey
, Alma Cogan
, Humphrey Lyttleton
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. The event, sponsored by Vera Lynn
's Stars Organisation for Spastics and the Daily Express newspaper, attracts an audience of 8,000 people.
Skiffle king Lonnie Donegan
misses an appearance on UK tv show Sunday Night At The London Palladium, because he is snowed up on the M1 motorway. Guitarist Bert Weedon
and all-round entertainer Roy Castle stand in for Donegan on the show.
's Blues Incorporated records a live session for the BBC Light Programme show Jazz Club, at the Paris Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London, UK. The session, featuring Alexis Korner
(guitar), Graham Bond
(alto sax), Dick Heckstall-Smith (tenor sax), Johnny Parker (piano), Jack Bruce (double bass) and Ginger Baker (drums) is broadcast the same day.
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.
plays the second night in a two-week season at the Forty Thieves Club, Bermuda, Caribbean.
Mad River play in a Resistance Benefit at the Pauley Ballroom, Berkeley, California, USA, supported by The Cleanliness And Godliness Skiffle Group.
The Royal Variety Performance, held at the Theatre Royal, London, England, UK, Europe, is transmitted on British tv, featuring Adam And The Ants, Lonnie Donegan, Donovan,