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The Arkansas Travellers record the Hoagy Carmichael song Washboard Blues for Velvet Tone Records in New York City, USA. (1927)Washboard Blues
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.
Anne Wilson is born in Glasgow, Scotland. She will find fame in 1957 as Britains 'Queen of Skiffle', Nancy Whiskey, her biggest hit being Freight Train.
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.
Under the name Bill McKinley, harmonica virtuoso Bill 'Jazz' Gillum records Poor Boy Blues for Vocalion Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The track also features Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam.
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)
Ken Colyer's Jazzmen, with Lonnie Donegan on banjo, are recorded by Chris Albertson for Storyville Records in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
Decca Records 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 and Genesis to Decca and will produce the Moody Blues' album Days of Future Passed.
A new 600 capacity jazz venue, The Cavern Club, is opened in Liverpool, UK, by local entrepreneur Alan Sytner. Headliners are The Merseysippi Jazz Band, supported by The Wall City Jazzmen, The Ralph Watmough Jazz Band and The Coney Island Skiffle Group. Over 2,000 fans turn up, so 1,400 have to be turned away.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the third night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the fourth 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.
Britain's skiffle king Lonnie Donegan records Putting On The Style and Gamblin' Man, in London, 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.
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 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 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 fourth of six nights at the Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
Popular UK tv music series Six-Five Special features the fourth heat in a skiffle group talent contest, Stanley Dale's National Skiffle Contest 1958. Tonight's heat features The Station Group and The Wild Five.
Lonnie Donegan, plays at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, with Betty Smith, Phil Fernando, The Red Peppers and The Four Jacks.
Johnny Duncan And The Blue Grass Boys plus Billie Anthony play at The Empire, Newcastle, UK.
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.
Vic Lewis And His Orchestra, featuring Irma Logan, play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, England, UK, Europe.
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.
British skiffle king Lonnie Donegan records The House Of the Rising Sun, Take This Hammer, John Hardy and other tracks in London, UK, for his album Lonnie Rides Again.
Lonnie Donegan releases the single My Old Man's A Dustman in the UK.
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.
UK skiffle king Lonnie Donegan opens in the pantomime Cinderella at The Theatre Royal, Nottingham, UK.
Cliff Richard begins a UK tour at The Hippodrome, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe, supported by the Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group.
The First National Jazz Festival concludes at Richmond Athletic Grounds, Richmond, Surrey, UK. Acts appearing over the course of the two day event have included 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, Tubby Hayes Quintet, Jazz News All Stars, Terry Lightfoot, Merseysippi Jazz Band, Original Downtown Syncopaters, Freddy Randall Band, Don Rendell Quintet, Ronnie Rose Quintet, Alvin Roy's Saratoga Jazz Band, Kem Sims Vintage Jazz Band, Bob Wallis And His Storyville Jazz and Alex Welsh And His Band
Package tour A Star Spangled Night arrives at The Gaumont Ballroom, Bradford, 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] plus The Remo Four play an evening show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
UK skiffle-king Lonnie Donegan begins a new tv series, Putting On The Style.
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.
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 at the City Hall, Sheffield, UK.
Alexis Korner'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.
Lonnie Donegan stars in a Christmas pantomime, Aladdin, at The Gaumont, Hanley, UK.
Lonnie Donegan is playing at The Aquarium, Great Yarmouth, England, UK.
The 1965 Newport Folk Festival, at which Bob Dylan famously goes electric, begins in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. Acts on this day include Joan Baez, Maybelle Carter, The Rev. Gary Davis, Son House and The New Lost City Ramblers.
Lonnie Donegan plays at The Aquarium, Great Yarmouth, England, UK.
Johnny Duncan records I'm The One and Solo Soul in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
'Atomic skiffle' performer Floyd plays at The Jesus College Bar, Cambridge, England, UK, Europe.
'Atomic skiffle' performer Floyd plays at The Floodlights Club, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
'Atomic skiffle' performer Floyd plays at Jackson's Lane Youth Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
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.
Ken Brown, guitarist with The Quarrymen, dies aged 70 of emphysema, at his home in Essex, UK. The Quarrymen's membership also included Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, later to form The Beatles.
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