1960s British Rock and Pop Chronology

The Birth of a Nation 1: 1900-1934

26 May '04 Wigan, Lancashire: George Formby OBE [b. George Hay Booth; d. Preston, Lancashire 6 March 1961]. Singer, actor
18 Jul '08 Rypin, Poland: Ivor Marants (d. London 20 February 1998). Guitarist and teacher
10 Aug '09 California?: Clarence Leonidas ("Leo") Fender [d. 21 March 1991]
28 Feb '13 St Pancras, north London: Walter (Wally) John Ridley [d. 23 January 2007]. Producer (EMI HMV): Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, Swinging Blue Jeans
15 May '14 London: Norrie Paramour [b. Norman Paramour; d. 9 September 1979]. Producer (EMI Columbia): Shadows, et alia
25 Jan '15 Salford, Lancashire: Ewan MacColl (b. James Henry Miller; d. 22 October 1989): folk musician, active in British folk music revival.
9 Jun '15 Waukesha, Wisconsin: Lester William Polsfuss/Polfus ["Les Paul"]
25 Jan '19> Plaistow, East London: Norman Newell [d. 1 December 2004]. Producer, A&R (EMI): Petula Clark, Peter and Gordon
22 Jun '20 Chelmsford: Radio broadcast of vocal recital by Dame Nellie Melba.
11 Nov '20 Westminster Abbey, London: the Columbia Gramophone Company records the burial service of the Unknown Soldier using an microphone activated disk cutter, the first recording of a major public event.
18 Oct '22 London: The Conservative government resolves that there shall be but one radio network: The British Broadcasting Company (formed by Marconi House and five other broadcasters)
1 Nov '22 Wingate, County Durham: Allan Weighell [d. 2002]. Bass: Steelmen, session musician.
  London: Broadcast Receiving Licence, 10 shillings.
14 Nov '22 London: First BBC radio station begins operation: 2LO.
23 Feb '23 Edmonton: North London: Norman A. Smith. [d. 4 March 2008, East Sussex] Engineer: Beatles. Producer: Pink Floyd.
4 May '23 Northfleet, Kent: Arthur Greenslade [d. 2003, Australia] Music director, arranger, pianist: Dusty Springfield, Chris Farlowe, Serge Gainsbourg, Shirley Bassey, Them
29 Oct '23 Istanbul: General Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk) declares Turkey a secular state
8 Nov '23 Munich: Adolf Hitler attempts a coup, but is arrested several days later.
21 Jan '24 Moscow: Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov (Lenin) dies
1925 London: The Columbia Gramophone Company adopts the Western Electric electrical recording system
Hayes: The Gramophone Company begins using the Western Electric electrical recording system
6 Jul '25 Highland Park, Michigan: William Haley
27 Aug '25 Bishopsgate, London: Anthony ("Tony") John Crombie [d. Hampstead, 18 October 1999]. Drummer, pianist, band leader, composer; Tony Crombie's Rockets.
3 Jan '26 Highbury, London: George Martin. Producer: Beatles, Cilla Black, etc.
23 Jan '26 London (Frith Street): John Logie Baird gives a demonstration of a television set to a royal society.
26 Jan '26 Hull, Yorkshire: Ronnie Hilton [b. Adrian Hill; d. Hailsham, Eng., 21 February 2001]. Singer.
2 Feb '26 Hull, Yorkshire: David Whitefield [d. Australia, 16 January 1980]. Singer
21 Feb '26 Rochester, Kent: Ronald Verrell [d. 22 February 2002]. Session Drummer
21 Apr '26 London: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is born to the the Duke and Duchess of York.
3 Jun '26 Newark, New Jersey: Allen Ginsberg [d. NYC 5 April 1997]. Poet
11 Jun '26 London: George Formby makes his first recordings, including "I Parted My Hair in the Middle."
30 Jul '26 Leeds: Jimmy Savile [b. James Wilson Vincent Savile]. Disk jockey.
24 Sep 25 Bristol, Somerset: Russ Conway [b. Trevor Herbert Stanford; d. Eastbourne, East Sussex, 16 November 2000]. Piano
25 Sep '26 Detroit: Ford Motor Company announces a 5-day work week for its employees
Oct-Nov '26 Imperial Conference, London: The Balfour Declaration recognizes that the United Kingdom and the Dominions are "autonomous communities"
31 Dec '26 London: formation of the British Broadcasting Corporation and the decision that the government will control all broadcasting.
1927 London: The Columbia Gramophone Company purchases a controlling interest in the biggest German recording company, Carl Lindström and consequently control over the labels Parlophone and Odeon.
1 Jan '27 London: BBC TV founded.
21 May '27 Paris: Charles Lindbergh successfully completes his 33 1/2 hour flight accross the Atlantic
7 Jul '27 BBC: Christopher Stone becomes the first "disk jockey" in the UK by playing a disk on his programme
7 Spt '27 San Francisco: Filo Farnsworth transmits a straight line to his electronic television.
6 Oct '27 New York: Al Jolsons The Jazz Singer premiers, the first feature-length film with some synchronized sound
8 Nov '27 Liverpool: Kenneth Arthur Dodd. Singer, comedian.
3 Feb '28 Liverpool: Frankie Vaughan [b. Frank Abelson; d. Buckinghamshire, 17 September 1999]. Singer.
19 Apr '28 Paris, France : Alexis Andrew Nicholas Körner [d. Westminster, London, 1 January 1984]. Guitar, singer: Blues Incorporated
19 Jun '28 Bishop Middleham, County Durham: Muriel Young [d. County Durham, 23 March 2001]. ITV presenter
6 Aug '28 Pittsburgh, PA: Andy Warhol [b. Andrew Warhola]
3 Sep '28 London: Alexander Fleming discovers Penicilium notatum
18 Nov '28 New York: Steamboat Willie, Walt Disneys first Mickey Mouse cartoon, premieres at the Colony Theater
26 Nov '28 Liverpool: Michael Holiday [b. Norman Michael Milne; d. Croydon, Surrey, 29 October 1963]. Singer.
30 Dec '28 McComb, Mississippi: Bo Diddley [b. Ellas Bates]. Singer, guitarist
1929 London: stockbroker Edward Lewis forms Decca Records
5 Apr '29 Newent, Gloucestershire: Robert George ("Joe") Meek [d. London, 2 February 1967]. Producer.
5 May '29 Bethal Green, East London: Joy Beverley [b. Joyce Beverley]. Singer: The Beverley Sisters
25 Jun '29 Twickenham, Middlesex: Dave King [b. David Kingshott; d. London, 15 April 2002]. Singer
29 Oct '29 New York City: The Stock Market begins to collapse.
8 Nov '29 New York: Bertrand Russell Berns [d. 30 December 1967]. Songwriter ("Twist and Shout") and Producer (Them)
3 Dec '29 St. Johns Wood, London: The Gramophone Company purchases the detached house and adjacent lot at 3 Abbey Road as the location for a recording studio.
1930 Willesden, London: Laurance ("Larry") Maurice Parnes [d. 4 August 1989]. Manager: Tommy Steele, Billy Fury, Marty Wilde, Johnny Gentle, etc.
3 Jan '30 Dallas, Texas: Clyde Barrow meets Bonnie Parker
12 Mar '30 Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India: Mohandas Gandhi begins his Salt March to Dandi to protest British taxes
4 May '30 Hounslow, Middlesex: William ("Bill") James Eyden [d. 15 October 2004]. Drummer: Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames. Session musician ("Whiter Shade of Pale")
1 Aug '30 Mother Levy's Maternity Hospital, 24 Underwood Road, Whitechapel, East London. Lionel Bart [b. Lionel Begleiter; d. Hammersmith Hospital, 150 DuCan Road, Shepherd's Bush, West London 3 April 1999]. Songwriter
24 Aug '30 Blackburn, Lancashire: Anthony ("Tony") Davis. Vocalist, banjoist, guitarist: The Tony Davis Skiffle Group, The Spinners
1 Dec '30 Shoreditch, London: Matt Monro [b. Terrence Edward Parsons; d. 1984]. Singer
1931 Santa Ana, California: Adolph Rickenbacher and George Beauchamp found the Electro String Instrument Corporation to produced Beauchamp's "Hawaiian" guitars. They call the brand, "Rickenbacher" (later changing it to "Rickenbacker") and produce the first guitars with magnetic pickups.
29 Apr '31 Bridgetown, Glasgow: Anthony James (Lonnie) Donegan [d. Peterborough, 3 November 2002]. Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Jun '31 London: The Columbia Graphophone Company and the Gramophone Company merge to form Electric and Musical Industries Ltd (EMI).
7 Jun '31 London: Michael Pratt [d. 10.7.1976]. Singer
21 Jun '31 Battersea, London: Johnny Worth [aka, Les Van Dyke and John Worsley, b. Yani Paraskos Paraskevkoralides]. Singer: The Raindrops. Composer: "What Do You Want"
25 Jul '31 Manchester: Kevin Neil. The Karl Denver Trio
12 Nov '31 3 Abbey Road, St John's Wood, London: Sir Edward Elgar officially opens EMI's Abbey Road Studios
18 Dec '31 New Jersey: Allen Klein. Manager, accountant: Sam Cooke, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles
1932  Denham, Buckinghamshire: Cyril Davies [d. Twickenham, 7 January 1964]. Harmonica
  London: Decca Records purchases the British branch of Brunswick Records
9 Apr '32 Tiptonville, Tennessee: Carl Perkins
5 May '32 Bethnal Green, London: Babette ("Babs") Beverley. Singer: The Beverley Sisters
Bethnal Green, London: Edwina ("Teddie") Beverley. Singer: The Beverley Sisters
7 Jul '32

Smethwick, Warwickshire: Terence ("Terry") David Taylor. Saxophone: The Phantoms, Steve Brett and the Mavericks

29 Jul '32 Plymouth, Devon: Vernon Dudley Bohey-Nowell. The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
29 Spt '32 Barnes, London: Bryan Daly. Session guitarist.
5 Dec '32 Macon, Georgia: Little Richard [b. Richard Wayne Penniman]. Singer, pianist, songwriter
20 Apr '33 Withington, Manchester: Raymond Horricks [d. 203]. Producer
Apr '33 Luxembourg: Radio Luxembourg begins broadcasting dance music. The British protest. The BBC bans British performers who appear on RL.
7 Jul '33 London: George Formby records "With My Little Ukulele in My Hand" (Cortrell). Decca later withdraws the recording.
19 Oct '33 Islington, North London: Rick Richards [b. Richard William Hardy]. Guitar, vocals: The Colne Valley Stompers, The Rick Richards Group, The Jets
15 Nov '33 Epsom: Petula Clark [b. Petula Sally Olwen Clark]. Singer
 29 Nov '33 Macclesfield: John Mayall
18 Dec '33 Manchester: Gerald ("Gerry") Cottrell. Bass: The Karl Denver Trio
20 Dec '33 Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland: Andrew ("Andy") Stewart [d. 11 October 1993]. Singer
1934 Islington, North London: Geoffrey ("Geoff") Frank Bradford. Cyril Davies and the R&B Allstars
19 Jan '34 Everton, Liverpool: Russ Hamilton [b. Ronald Hulme]. Singer
24 Apr '34 Chicago: Lauren Hammond patents his electronic "Hammond Organ"
30 Apr '34 London (?): Jerry Lordan [b. Jeremiah Patrick Lordan; d. 24 July 1995]. Songwriter.
2 Jul '34 87 Fordwych Road, West Hampstead, North-west London: Tom Springfield [b Dion O'Brien]. Guitar, singer, producer.
30 Jul '34 London: George and Beryl Formby and Arthur Mertz release their first film: Boots! Boots!
19 Sep '34 Liverpool: Brian Samuel Epstein
1 Oct '34 North London: Geoffrey Stephens. Songwriter: "Crying Game," "Winchester Cathedral"
16 Dec '34 Springburn, Glasgow: Karl Denver [b. Angus Murdo McKenzie; d. 21 December 1998]. Singer

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Gordon Thompson, Department of Music, Skidmore College
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