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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.
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.
  Under the name Bill McKinley, harmonica virtuoso Bill ‘Jazz’ Gillum records Poor Boy Blues for Vocalion Records in Chicago Illinois. The track also features Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam.
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.
Lonnie Johnson plays at The Royal Festival Hall, London, England, UK, supported by The Tony Donegan Jazz Band (including Lonnie Donegan).
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.
During an American tour, UK skiffle king Lonnie Donegan is backed by the Johnny Burnette Trio for a show in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
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.
BBC Radio producer Jimmy Grant proposes a new fifteen to twenty minute series called Skiffle Session. It will begin broadcasts six months later.
Chas McDevitt with Nancy Whiskey, Johnny Duncan And His Blue Grass Boys, The Avon Cities Jazz Band, The Dick Bishop Skiffle Group and and The Bob Cort Skiffle Group play in the Skiffle Session at the Royal Festival Hall, London, UK.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the thirteenth night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
Lonnie Donegan plays at The Empire, Liverpool, UK. After the show, Donegan repairs to The Cavern Club for a jam session.
After his band The Quarrymen finishes a set at St Peter's Church fete in Woolton, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, 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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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.
Wee Willie Harris, plays at the The Gaumont, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, with The Southlanders, The Vagabonds, Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group, Tony Crombie and The Most Brothers (featuring future superstar record producer Mickie Most).
Guitarist George Harrison plays Raunchy during a Quarrymen gig at The Morgue Skiffle Cellar, Liverpool, UK. Harrison and other members of the band will find greater success when they become The Beatles.
Stanley Dale's Skiffle Show Of 1958 plays the third of five nights at the Gaumont, Bradford, UK, featuring Jim Dale, Wally Whyton And The Vipers, Susan And Valerie Pardoe, Stan Van, Campbell And Rogerson and Betty Fox's Eight Dancing Teenagers.
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.
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.
UK pop weekly the New Musical Express reports that skiffle king Lonnie Donegan is dissatisfied with the handling of his records in the USA, and is looking for a new contract.
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.
Lonnie Donegan reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart with My Old Man's A Dustman.
Lonnie Donegan, Cliff Richard and The Drifters appear at The Empire Pool Arena, Wembley, London, UK, in the Record Star Show.
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.
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, who will later change their name to The Swinging Blue Jeans, play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Tommy Sanderson with Judd Proctor, Craig Douglas, Kenny Ball's Jazzmen, Valerie Masters and Johnny Duncan And His Blue Grass Boys appear on the radio show Easy Beat, presented by Brian Matthew, on the BBC Light Programme in the UK.
The Swinging Blue Genes [later to become The Swinging Blue Genes) play an evening show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
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.
Danny Williams, Joe Brown And The Bruvvers, The Viscounts, Rose Brennan, Ray Pilgrim, Arthur Greenslade And The Gee-Men, Tommy Sanderson And The Sandmen and Bob Wallis And His Storyville Jazzmen provide the live music on the BBC Light Programme radio show Saturday Club, from London, England, UK, Eujrope.
UK jazz band leader Bob Wallis leaves hospital after an operation to remove one of his eyes.
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.
The Beatles play at The ABC, Blackpool, UK, Europe, supported by Chas McDevitt And Shirley Douglas, The Countrymen, Jack Douglas, Lee Leslie, Terry Young and The Sons Of The Piltdown Men.
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 Odeon, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.
Blues harmonica player St. Louis Jimmy Oden, with Mike Bloomfield on guitar and Washboard Sam on washboard, records Can
Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames play at The Flamingo Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe. Support is by The Tridents, featuring future rock guitar hero Jeff Beck, who then go on to an all-nighter at Ken Colyer's Studio 51, Soho, London.
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Lonnie Donegan plays at The Gaumont, Hanley, Staffordshire, England, UK.
Vikki Carr and Lonnie Donegan are playing at The Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
'Atomic skiffle' performer Floyd plays at Christ College, Cambridge, England, UK, Europe.
'Atomic skiffle' performer Floyd plays at The Tin Can, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
'Atomic skiffle' performer Floyd plays at The Wag Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
'Atomic skiffle' performer Floyd plays at Horney Youth Centre, London, England, UK, Europe.
'Atomic skiffle' performer Floyd plays at Jackson's Lane Youth Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
'Atomic skiffle' performer Floyd plays at The Archway Tavern, 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.
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