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A memorable horse race at The Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland, is won by an eleven-year-old English gelding, Skewball, 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.
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.
  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. He is accompanied on the session by Washboard Sam on washboard.
Ken Colyer's Jazzmen, with Lonnie Donegan on banjo, are recorded by Chris Albertson for Storyville Records in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
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.
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.
Chris Barber 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.
Britain's 'King Of skiffle', Lonnie Donegan plays at the Stoll Theatre, Kingsway, London, UK, supported by Terry Lightfoot's Jazzmen, The Al Fairweather Quartet, The Dill Jones Trio and Yolanda.
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."
The Platters and Lonnie Donegan play the second 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.
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.
Guitarist George Harrison plays Raunchy during a Quarrymen gig at The Morgue Skiffle Cellar, Liverpool, 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 second of six nights at The Alhambra, Bradford, UK.
Vic Lewis And His Orchestra, featuring Irma Logan, play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, England, UK, Europe.
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.
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).
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.
Lonnie Donegan, Cliff Richard and The Drifters appear at The Empire Pool Arena, Wembley, London, UK, in the Record Star Show.
My Old Man's A Dustman by Lonnie Donegan reaches No1 in the Australian pop singles chart.
A UK Silver Disc is awarded to the single My Old Man's A Dustman by Lonnie Donegan.
Cliff Richard And The Shadows, Bert Weedon, The Kaye Sisters, Chas McDevitt and others plays a charity benefit show at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK.
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.
Cliff Jackson's Washboard Wanderers record Wolverine Blues, The Sheik Of Araby and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Swingville Records.
The Swinging Blue Genes play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe. They will find success after changing their name to The Swinging Blue Jeans.
Gene Vincent, Johnny Kidd And The Pirates, Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys, Jess Conrad and Sounds Incorporated play at The Corn Exchange, Bedford, 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.
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.
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 records Interstate Forty, Bad News and There's A Big Wheel, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Blues harmonica player St. Louis Jimmy Oden, with Mike Bloomfield on guitar and Washboard Sam on washboard, records Can
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.
Lonnie Donegan 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, Cliff Richard, The Shadows, The Searchers, Alvin Stardust and Marty Wilde.
The Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, a two-day event, begins in Cheltenham, UK.