1960s British Rock and Pop Chronology

The Birth of a Nation 2: 1935-39

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1935 Los Angeles, California: Electro String [Rickenbacker] produces its first Spanish style electric guitar, the Bakelite Model B
8 Jan '35 Tupelo, Mississippi: Elvis Presley
3 Feb '35 Houston, Texas: Johnny "Guitar" Watson
5 Feb '35 Govan, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland: Alexander Harvey [d. Zeebruggen, Belgium 4 February 1981]. Singer, guitar: The Clyde Valley Jazz Band, The Alex Harvey Skiffle Group, The Kansas City Counts, The Alex Harvey Band, Alex Harvey and the New Saints, The Alex Harvey Soul Band
11 Feb '35 Norfolk, Virginia: Gene Vincent (Eugene Vincent Craddock). Singer, guitarist
4 Mar '35 Bridgetown, Glasgow: Nancy Whiskey [b. Ann Alexander Young Wilson]. Singer
5 Apr '35 West Norwood, South-east London: Peter Grant [d. 21 November 1995]. Manager, producer: Led Zeppelin, Bad Company
15 Apr '35 New York: Lauren Hammond introduces his electronic organ at the Industrial Arts Exposition in the RCA building. Pietro A. Yon and Fritz Reiner take turns playing. George Gershwin also takes a turn.
19 Apr '35 Dagenham, Essex: Dudley Stewart John Moore [d. 27 March 2002, Plainfield, New Jersey, USA]. Pianist, vocalist, composer, actor: The Bob Robinson Jazzmen, The John Dankworth Seven [Quintet, Big Band], The Dudley Moore Trio
10 May '35 New Orleans: Larry Williams
11 May '35 London?: Kit Lambert [b. Christopher Sebastian Lambert; d. London 7 April 1981]. Manager, producer: The Who. Asst. Film Director: Guns of Navaronne, From Russia with Love.
21 May '35 Potters Bar, Hertfordshire: Terence 'Terry' Lightfoot. Clarinet, vocals: Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen
10 Jun '35 Akron, Ohio: Robert Smith and William Watson found Alcoholics Anonymous.
21 Jun '35 Runcorn, Cheshire: Alistair Taylor [b. James Alistair Taylor; d. Chesterfield, Derbyshire 9 June 2004]. Manager, personal assistant; Moody Blues, Beatles, Cream
24 Jul '35 Westfield, Woking, Surrey: Leslie David Reed. Session pianist, songwriter, producer, music director
29 Spt '35 Ferriday, Louisiana: Jerry Lee Lewis
Oct '35  Abyssinia: Mussolini invades and deposes Haile Selassie
23 Nov '35 Willesden, London: Johnny Kidd [b. Frederick Albert Heath; d. A58 Bury New Road, near Radcliffe, Lancashire 7 October 1966]. Singer
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24 Feb Brixton, London: Jess Conrad [b Gerald James]. Singer
15 Apr London: Marty Wilde [b. Reginald Leonard Smith]. Singer
23 Apr Vernon, Texas: Roy Orbison
2 May Madras, India: Englebert Humperdinck [b. Thomas Arnold George Dorsey]. Singer
20 May  Kalamazoo, Michigan: Gibson ships its first electric guitar, the archtop, f-hole ES-150
21 Jul Liverpool: Hugh Jones. Guitarist, harmonica, banjo: The Tony Davis Skiffle Group, The Spinners
30 Jul Lettsworth, Louisiana: Buddy Guy
9 Aug Germany: Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal in the Olympics
7 Spt Lubbock, Texas: Buddy Holly [b. Charles Hardin Holley, d. Iowa, 3 February 1959]. Singer, guitarist, songwriter
27 Spt London: George Formby records "When I'm Cleaning Windows" [Regal Zonophone]
29 Spt Salford: Michael ("Mick") Groves. Guitarist: The Spinners
4 Oct London: Sir Oswald Mosley leads the British Union of Fascists on an antisemitic march through the East End. Thousands riot as blackshirts meet anti-fascists in the "Battle of Cable Street."
21 Oct Lewisham, London: Shirley Palmer. Singer: The Three Kayes, The Kaye Sisters
24 Oct Lewisham, London: Bill Wyman [b. William George Perks]. Bass: Rolling Stones.
2 Nov London, Alexandra Palace: BBC begins television service.
14 Nov Manchester: Frederick ("Freddie") Garrity [d. Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire 20 May 2006]. Singer: Freddie and the Dreamers
19 Nov Ludwigshaven, Germany: AEG demonstrates its "Magnetophon" tape recorder by recording a performance by the London Philharmonic conducted by Thomas Beecham.
8 Dec Nightingale Square, off Scotland Road, Liverpool, Lancashire: Johnny Gentle [b. John Askew]. Singer
11 Dec London: Edward VIII abdicates the throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson
17 Dec Mason Street, Bermondsey, South-east London: Tommy Steele [b. Thomas Walter Hicks]. Singer
  Other 1936 Artifacts
  Birkenhead, Cheshire: Maggie Stredder [b. Margaret Stredder]. Singer: Vernon's Girls
Willesden, North-west London: Valerie Murtagh. Singer: The Avon Sisters, The Avon
Leyton, East London: Russ Sainty [b. Alfred Sainty]. Singer: Russ Sainty and the Nu-Notes
  Kalamazoo, Michigan: Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Co., Limited begins producing the first "Electric Spanish" guitar, the ES-150.
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1 Jan Britain: A Public Order Act forbids political uniforms and limits marches.
4 Jan Birkenhead: John Gorman. The Scaffold
8 Jan 182 Bute Street, Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales: Shirley Veronica Bassey
19 Jan Lambeth, London: Ian Ralph Samwell [d. Sacramento, California 13 March 2003]. Guitar; The Drifters; songwriter, producer]
13 Mar High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire: Terence William Harvey ("Terry") Cox. Drummer: Michael Garrick, The Lennie Felix Trio, The Alan Littlejohns-Tony Milliner Band, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, Pentangle
22 Apr Chicago: Bernard Alfred "Jack" Nitzsche [d. 2000]. Pianist, arranger, producer, session musician.
14 May Worchester Park, Surrey: Victor Harold Flick. Guitar; John Barry Seven, session musician.
20 Aug Stoke Newington, London: Clemente ("Clem") Anselmo Cattini. Drums: Pirates, Tornados, Division Two, sessions
2 Jul London; David Palmer. Keyboards: Jethro Tull
14 Jul Isleworth, Middlesex: Vince Taylor [b. Maurice Brian Holdend; d. Lutry Lake, Geneva, Switzerland August 1991]. Vocals; Vince Taylor and the Playboys.
17 Jul The Boneymaen Council Estate, Swansea, South Wales: Spencer David Nelson Davis. Vocals, guitar: The Spencer Davis Group.
12 Jul Liverpool: Howie Casey. Saxophone: Derry and the Seniors, Howie Casey and the Seniors.
24 Jul Holbrooks, Coventry: Vincent ("Vince") Hill. Vocals.
15 Sep West Derby, Liverpool: William Leslie (Les) Braid [d. Liverpool, 31 July 2005]. Swinging Blue Jeans.
28 Oct Romford: Graham Bond [b. Graham John Clifton Bond; d. Finsbury Park, London, 8 May 1974]. Vocals, organ.
9 Nov Liverpool: Roger Joseph McGough. The Scaffold.
14 Nov Chopwell, Co. Durham: Freddie "Fingers" Lee [b. Frederick Cheeseman]. Piano: Screaming Lord Sutch.
30 Nov Coundon, Coventry: Frank Edward Ifield. Singer
  Other 1937 Events
  Belfast, Northern Ireland: Ronald ("Ronnie") Millings. Drummer: The Gamblers, Them
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25 Jan Los Angeles: Etta James (b. Jamesetta Hawkins)
Mar Orangeburg, South Carolina: Don Covay
3 Mar Saudi Arabia: Standard Oil Engineers strike oil at well No. 7
15 Apr New York: Superman appears in Action Comics No. 1.
10 May Glasgow, Scotland: Joseph Edward Moretti. Guitarist: Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, sessions
19 May London: Herbie Flowers [b. Brian Keith Flowers]. Bass: sessions.
20 Jun Aldershot, Hampshire: Mickie Most [b. Michael Peter Hayes; d. London 30 May 2003]. Singer, producer
16 Jul Dingle, Liverpool: Anthony ("Tony") Paul Jackson [d. Nottingham 18 Aug 2003]. Vocals, bass: the Searchers.
16 Aug London: James Cecil Baring. Owner/manager: Regent Sound
23 Aug Fishponds, Bristol, Somerset: Roger John Greenaway. Singer: The Sapphires, John and Julie, The Kestrals, David and Jonathan. Songwriter
3 Oct Oklahoma City: Eddie Cochran
6 Nov Houston, Texas: P. J. Proby [b. James Marcus Smith]. Singer.
9 Nov Germany and Austria: Nazis loot and burn synagogues and Jewish-owned stores and houses during the "Kristallnacht"
11 Nov Kidderminster: Roger LaVern [b. Roger Jackson]. Organist, keyboards: Tornados, sessions
17 Dec Queen Charlotte Hospital, Artillery Lane, Shepherds Bush, West London: Carlo O'Neil Little [d. Cleadon, County Durham, 6 August 2005]. Drums: Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages, Cyril Davies Rhythm and Blues All Stars, etc.
Walton General Hospital, 107 Rice Lane, Liverpool 9: Colin Leo Hanton. Drummer: Quarrymen
18 Dec Heaton, Tyne and Wear: Bryan James "Chas" Chandler [d. 17 July 1996]. Bass: Animals. Producer: Jimi Hendrix
20 Dec Lancaster Road, Elephant and Castle, London: Terry Dene [b. Terence Williams]. Singer
  Other 1938 Artifacts
  Liverpool: Big Ron (Ronald Woodbridge) (The Searchers)
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2 Jan Birkenhead, Cheshire: Brian Hilton. Vince Earl and the Zeros; Group One; Hillsiders
10 Jan Toxteth, Liverpool: Derry Wilkie [b. Derek Davis]. Singer
12 Jan Liverpool: Joe Butler. Country Three; Sonny Webb and the Cascades; Hillsiders
16 Jan Tiger Bay, Cardiff: Ramon (Ray) John Phillips. Singer: Nashville Teens
14 Feb Germany: The battleship Bismarck launched
26 Mar Baltimore: Pan Am makes trial transatlantic flight to Foynes, Ireland with Boeing B-314 Flying Boat ("Yankee Clipper"). Flight time: 29 hours.
2 Apr Washington: Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.
4 Apr Teignmouth, Devon: Daniel Henry Edward ("Danny") Thompson. Bassist, trombonist, composer: The Tubby Hayes Student Orchestra, The John Burch Octet, Fat John Cox, The Danny Thompson Trio, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, Pentangle
15 April Blackheath, London: Marty Wilde [b. Reginald Leonard Smith]. Singer
16 Apr Hampstead, London: Dusty Springfield [b. Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien; d. Henley-on-Thames, 2 March 1999]. Singer: The Springfields.
22 Apr Ealing, West London: Simon Napier-Bell. Producer: The Yardbirds
25 Apr Croydon, Surrey: Wizz Jones [b. Raymond Ronald Jones]. Folk guitarist, singer
20 May Port Washington, New York: Regular transatlantic air service begins with Pan American Airways, the "Yankee Clipper"
22 May Berlin: Foreign Ministers Joachim von Ribbentrop and Count Galeazzo Ciano sign a "Pact of Steel" committing Germany and Italy to a military alliance
3 Jun Oswestry, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire: Ian Hunter [b. Ian Hunter Patterson]. Piano, singer, guitar: The Apex, Hurricane Henry and the Shriekers, Freddie "Fingers" Lee and the Shriekers, The Homelanders, The Scenery
7 Jun Niagara Falls, New York: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth make the first visit to the United States by a reigning British monarch
28 Jun New York: Pan Am innaugurates transatlantic travel to Marseilles, France with Yankee Clipper
29 Jun Greenwich, London: John David [b. Dave Goulder]. Singer, guitarist
6 Jul Kingsbury, Middlesex: Terrence "Jet" Harris. Bass: Shadows
8 Jul New York: Pan Am innaugurates transatlantic travel to Southampton, UK with Yankee Clipper
14 Jul Isleworth: Vince Taylor [b. Maurice Brian Holden]. Vince Taylor and the Playboys
18 Jul London: Brian Auger
3 Aug Liverpool: James "Jimmy" Nicol. Drums: Colin Hicks and the Cabin Boys, Vince Eager and the Quiet Three, The Spotniks, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Jimmy Nicol and the Shubdubs, The Beatles
6 Aug St Mary's Hospital, South Wharf Road, Paddington, West London: Mike Sarne [b. Michael Scheur]. Singer
10 Aug Lewisham, London: Peter Edward ("Ginger") Baker. Drummer; Graham Bond, Cream, Blind Faith.
12 Aug Tottenham, London: Michael ("Mike") Edward Cotton. Trumpet, harmonica: The Mike Cotton Sound
16 Aug Victor Hugo Restaurant, Los Angeles, California: Charlie Christian debuts with an electric guitar in Bennie Goodman's sextet
19 Aug Hull: Norma Christine Waterson. The Watersons
23 Aug Moscow: Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression pact that secretly divides Europe.
1 Spt Poland: Germany invades
  [British males born on or after this date would be exempt from military service as of 31 December 1960.]
3 Spt Britain and France declare war on Germany.
London: The government evacuates schoolchildren, toddlers, and expectant mothers.
5 Spt Washington, D.C.: Congress proclaims neutrality
8 Spt Washington, D.C.: Roosevelt declares a "limited national emergency"
18 Spt Hackney Hospital, 230 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London: Anthony Albert ("Tony") Oakman. The Spaceman Skiffle Group
7 Oct London: Martin Murray. Guitar: The Sherabons, The Honeycombs, The Lemmings
Stafford, Staffordshire: Colin Cooper [b. Colin Richard Cooper]. Sax, singer
10 Spt Ottawa, Canada: Declaration of war on Germany
21 Spt Stoneycroft, Liverpool: Rory Storm [b. Alan Caldwell; d. Broadgreen, Liverpool, 28 Sept 1972]. Singer: Raving Texans, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes
1 Oct Kent Gardens, Liverpool: Derry Wilkie [d. 22 December 2001]. Howie Casey and the Seniors
14 Oct Perivale, Middlesex: Brian Knight. Blues by Six, Original All Stars
2 Nov Huyton, Liverpool: Stan Johnson. Hy-Tones
12 Nov Seaforth, Liverpool: Edward ("Kingsize") Taylor. James Boys, Dominoes, Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes
4 Dec Liverpool: John ("Guitar Johnny") Byrne [d. Crosby, Liverpool, 18 August 1989]. Guitar: Raving Texans; Rory Storm and the Hurricanes
11 Dec Liverpool: Sonny Webb [b. Kenneth Johnson]. Singer: Country Three, Sonny Webb and the Cascades, Hillsiders
15 Dec Tottenham, North London: David ("Dave") Clark. Producer, drummer
26 Dec Hampstead, London: Kenneth Howard. Songwriter (Howard and Blaikley)
30 Dec Coopersville, Michigan: Del Shannon [b. Charles Westover]. Singer, guitarist
  Other 1939 Events
  Brian Gregg. Tea-chest bass: Les Hobeaux Skiffle Group. Bass: Terry Dene, the Beatboys, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, the Tornados
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Gordon Thompson, Department of Music, Skidmore College
Copyright © 1995 — 11-Apr-2016 Gordon Thompson
11 April, 2016