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22-year-old Frankie Baker shoots her lover, Allen Britt [aka Albert Britt] in an apartment at 212 Targee Street, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for cheating on her with another woman, Nellie Bly [aka Alice Pryor]. Britt will die four days later and the incident will become the basis of the song Frankie And Johnny, which has been recorded in over 250 versions by artists including Jimmie Rodgers (The Singing Brakeman), Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt, Charlie Patton, Taj Mahal, Sam Cooke, Lena Horne, Lonnie Donegan, Bob Dylan, Brook Benton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Fats Waller, Van Morrison, Brook Benton, Lindsay Lohan, Jack Johnson and Stevie Wonder.
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.
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.
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)
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.
When British skiffle king Lonnie Donegan plays at The Empire, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, local teenager Paul McCartney (later of The Beatles) is in the audience, and is inspired to learn to play the guitar.
Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group play at The Alhambra, Bradford, UK, with Billy Baxter and Mundy And Earle.
The Mick Mulligan Band plays the second of two nights in Liverpool, UK, supported by Jimmy Jackson and His Skiffle Group.
Jimmy Page, aged 13, makes his first appearance on tv, performing Mama Don't Allow and Cotton Fields with The JG Skiffle Group, on the BBC tv show All Your Own. He will go on to find success as lead guitarist with The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.
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The Platters and Lonnie Donegan begin 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.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the tenth night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the eleventh night in a two-week season at the Palladium, London, UK.
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.
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.
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Skiffle star Lonnie Donegan reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Gamblin' Man/Putting on the Style.
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.
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 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.
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.
Vic Lewis And His Orchestra, featuring Irma Logan, play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, England, UK, Europe.
Terry Dene, Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band, Johnny Duncan And His Blue Grass Boys and Russell Quaye's City Ramblers appear on UK radio show Saturday Club.
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Terry Dene, Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band, Johnny Duncan and his Blue Grass Boys and Russell Quaye's City Ramblers appear on UK radio show Saturday Club.
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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.
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.
The top four places in UK rock paper the NME's annual popularity points table are taken by Cliff Richard, Lonnie Donegan, Marty Wilde and Russ Conway.
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 music weekly the Melody Maker reports that a copyright dispute about Lonnie Donegan's hit My Old Man's A Dustman has been resolved with Donegan's publishing company Tyler Music [a subsidiary of Essex Music] agreeing to pay fees to Lawrence Wright.
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.
Lonnie Donegan, Miki And Griff, Suzie Miller, The Dallas Boys, Gil And Freddie Levedo, The Tiller Girls and Norman Vaughan are appearing in Putting On The Donegan at The Winter Gardens Pavilion, Blackpool, England, UK, Europe.
The First National Jazz Festival, organised by Marquee Club owner Harold Pendleton, begins at Richmond Athletic Grounds, Richmond, Surrey, UK. Acts appearing over the course of the two day event include 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, The Tubby Hayes Quintet, Jazz News All Stars, Terry Lightfoot, The Merseysippi Jazz Band, The Original Downtown Syncopaters, The Freddy Randall Band, The Don Rendell Quintet, The Ronnie Rose Quintet, Alvin Roy's Saratoga Jazz Band, The Ken Sims Vintage Jazz Band, Bob Wallis And His Storyville Jazz and Alex Welsh And His Band.
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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
When Cliff Richard and The Shadows play the thirteenth night in a six-week season at The Opera House, Blackpool, England, UK, Europe, guitarist Bruce Welch is stricken with enteritis. He is briefly replaced by Les Bennetts, guitarist for Lonnie Donegan.
Alma Cogan, Mark Wynter and The Raindrops appear on the radio show Seaside Night, presented from Bournemouth, England, UK, Europe, by Ken Dodd, on the BBC Light Programme in the UK.
While in New York City, USA, on a business trip, Lonnie Donegan and his manager Cyril Berlin are staying at The Hotel Plaza.
Gene Vincent, Johnny Kidd And The Pirates, Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys, Jess Conrad and Sounds Incorporated play at Ebbisham Hall, Epsom, England, UK, Europe. The show is promoted by Don Arden.
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.
Gene Vincent, Johnny Kidd And The Pirates, Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys, Jess Conrad and Sounds Incorporated play at The Royal Lido, Prestatyn, Wales, 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.
John Henry Barbee records Early In The Morning and No Pickin' No Pullin' for Spivey Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is backed on this session by guitarist Homesick James and percussionist Washboard Sam.
Lonnie Donegan plays at The Aquarium, Great Yarmouth, England, UK.
Lonnie Donegan plays at The Aquarium, Great Yarmouth, England, UK.
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.
The Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, a two-day event, begins in Cheltenham, UK.
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