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Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Kansas Joe McCoy, also known as Bill Wither, The Georgia Pine Boy, Hallelujah Joe, Big Joe McCoy and His Washboard Band, The Mississippi Mudder, The Hillbilly Plowboy, The Mud Dauber, and Hamfoot Ham, is born in Raymond, Mississippi, USA.
Anthony Donegan is born in Glasgow, Scotland. He will find fame as the UK's Skiffle King, Lonnie Donegan.
Big Bill Broonzy records Key To The Highway for Vocalion Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The track also features harmonica virtuoso Bill 'Jazz' Gillum and Washboard Sam.
Having recently left Ken Colyer's Jazzmen And Skiffle Group, jazz trombonist Chris Barber forms his own group, Chris Barber's Jazz band in London, UK.
Lonnie Donegan debuts on the UK singles chart with a cover of the Leadbelly song Rock Island Line, which will peak at No8.
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.
UK skiffle star Lonnie Donegan records his version of the Leadbelly song Bring A Little Water Sylvie, in London, UK.
Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group play at The Alhambra, Bradford, UK, with Billy Baxter and Mundy And Earle.
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 play the seventh night in 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.
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.
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.
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.
BBC TV rock show The Six Five Special expands into a live touring show, and plays its very first concert in Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. 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.
Wee Willie Harris, The Southlanders, The Vagabonds, Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group, Tony Crombie and The Most Brothers play at The Gaumont, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. The Most Brothers include Mickie Most, who will go on to become one of the UK's top record producers in the 60s, working with The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Jeff Beck, Lulu, Duncan Browne and many others.
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.
Petula Clark, 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.
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.
The second day of the The Newport Folk Festival takes place in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. Acts appearing at the two-day event include Odetta, Pete Seeger, Tommy Clancy, Earl Scruggs, John Jacob Niles, Jean Ricthie, Ed McCurdy, Joan Baez and The New Lost City Ramblers.
A protest meeting takes place in Wellington Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand, Oceania, against an upcoming international rugby test match between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa because South Africa has banned Maoris from playing in the New Zealand team. This racist action inspires New Zealand's all-Maori Howard Morrison Quartet to write and record the sardonic protest song, My Old Man's An All Black (based on the Lonnie Donegan hit My Old Man's A Dustman).
My Old Man's A Dustman by Lonnie Donegan reaches No1 in the Australian pop singles chart.
Cliff Jackson's Washboard Wanderers record The Sheik Of Araby, Wolverine Blues and other tracks for Swingville Records in Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
Vince Eager And The Moontrekkers play at The Assembly Hall, Melksham, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Swinging Blue Genes, later to find success with a slight name-change to The Swinging Blue Jeans, play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Weekly UK pop newspaper the NME [New Musical Express] reports that skiffle king Lonnie Donegan has signed a new recording contract with Pye Records.
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](later to find fame as The Swinging Blue Jeans] play at The Cavern Club, 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, along with Gerry And The Pacemakers.
Gene Vincent, Johnny Kidd And The Pirates, Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys, Jess Conrad and Sounds Incorporated play at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England, UK, Europe. The show is promoted by Don Arden.
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.
Skiffle king Lonnie Donegan appears on UK tv show Thank Your Lucky Stars, along with The Beverly Sisters and The Springfields [including Dusty Springfield].
Lonnie Donegan plays at The Palace, Manchester, 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 ABC, Hull, 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.
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.
Lonnie Donegan appears in a Stars Organisation For Spastics show at The Palladium, London, UK.
Lonnie Donegan, Marty Wilde and The Tornados play at The Aquarium, Great Yarmouth, 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.
Diz Disley plays at Hammersmith Folk Centre in The Prince Of Wales, Dalling Road, Hammersmith, London, England, UK, Europe.
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.
Micky Ashman, former bassist with Chris Barber's Band and Lonnie Donegan, dies in England, UK, Europe. Ashman also led his own group, Micky Ashman And His Ragtime Jazz Band.
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