1960s British Rock and Pop Chronology
The Birth of a Nation 7: 1944
5 Jan Steatham, Southwest London: Jo Anne Kelly.
7 Jan Walton General Hospital, 107 Rice Lane, Walton, Liverpool 9: Mike McGear [b. Peter Michael McCartney]. Guitar, vocals: Scaffold
9 Jan Heston: James (Jimmy) Patrick Page. Guitar, session musician, producer, music director. Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin.
15 Jan Buenos Aires, Argentina: Eva Duarte meets Colonel Juan Perón
18 Jan Oxford: "Legs" Smith [b. Lawrence Smith]. Drums: The Bonzo Dog Dada Band, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
27 Jan Egbaston, Birmingham. Nicholas Berkeley Mason. Drums; Pink Floyd.
1 Feb Southport: Doug Edmonton. Teenbeats
  New York City: Piet Mondrian, painter, dies
2 Feb Matlock Derbyshire: Michael ("Mick") Robert Green. Guitar: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac
7 Feb Transjordan: Discovery of the main group of the Dead Sea Scrolls
15 Feb East Moseley, Surrey: Michael ("Mick") Charles Avory. Drums; The Kinks.
  Monte Cassino Monastery, Italy: Allied bombing begins
22 Feb London: Marc Charig. Guitar: Bluesology, The Keith Tippett Group
24 Feb Ealing, West London: Nicholas (Nicky) Hopkins [d. Nashville, Tennessee, 6 September 1995]. Piano: Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages, The Cyril Davis Rhythm and Blues All Stars, session musician.
25 Feb Wigan, Lancashire: Brian Belshaw. Bass: The Grave Diggers, The Ingoes, Blossom Toes
26 Feb Poole, Dorset: Nigel Ian Snook. Unit Four Plus Two
1 Mar Hammersmith: Roger Harry Daltry
3 Mar Leicester, Leicestershire: Rodney Bainbridge. Bassist, singer: Robby Hood and his Merrymen, The Cliftones, The Fortunes Rhythm Group, The Fortunes
2 Mar Southport: John "Boo" Bullock. Teenbeats
6 Mar Granchester Meadows, Cambridge: David Jon Gilmour. Guitar: Pink Floyd.
11 Mar Manchester: Ric Rothwell. Mindbenders
Birmingham: Geoffrey Turton. Rockin Berries
17 Mar Liverpool: Paul Pilnick. Big Three
Coleraine, Co Derry, Eire: John Partrick ("Pat") McAuley. Drummer: Them, Slygo
25 Mar Sheffield: Megan Kelso Davies. Applejacks
29 Mar Weymouth, Dorset: Michael Shepstone. Drums, vocals: The Rokes
3 Apr Sleaford, Lincolnshire: Lois Ann Wilkinson. Caravelles
Liverpool: Patrick ("Paddy") John Chambers [d. 28 Sept 2000]. Creoles; Faron's Flamingos; Big Three; Paddy, Klaus, and Gibson
Walthamstow, East London: John ("Johnny") Charlton. Guitar: The Londines, The Shel Carson Combo, The Rokes
Birmingham: Barry Pritchard [Erdington? d. 11 January 1999]. Guitar, singer: Robby Hood and his Merrymen, The Cliftones, The Fortunes Rhythm Group, The Fortunes
6 Apr Crayford, Kent: John Stax [b. John Lee Fulligan]. Bass: The Pretty Things.
8 Apr Preston, Lancashire: Keef Hartley. Drums; The Thunderbirds, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Freddie Starr and the Midnighters, The Ice Blues, The Artwoods, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Keef Hartley Band
9 Apr Barnehurst, Kent: Wally Allen [b. Allen Edward Waller]. Bass: The Pretty Things.
15 Apr Cardiff: Dave Edmonds. Love Sculpture.
21 Apr London?: Bobby Tench. Guitar, vocals; Gass, The Jeff Beck Group
8 May Gosport: Peter O'Flaherty. Simon Dupree and the Big Sound
Barking, Essex: Bill Legend [b. William Fifield]. Drummer: The Teenbeats, The Zodiacs, The Epics, Legend, T Rex
10 May Wallasey, Lancashire: John ("Jackie") Richard Lomax. Keyboards; Undertakers.
20 May Crooks, Sheffield: John ("Joe") Robert Cocker. Singer.
6 Jun France, Normandy: "D-Day" invasion of Europe
11 Jun Birkenhead, Cheshire: Vincent ("Vince") Earl. Kodiaks; Vince Earl and the Zeros
13 Jun Netherlands: Germany launches flying-bomb attacks against Britain
17 Jun Winton, Bournemouth, Dorset: Peter A Giles. Bass, vocals: Johnny King and the Raiders, The Dowlands Brothers, The Trendsetters Ltd, Brains, Giles Giles and Fripp, King Crimson
21 Jun Fortis Green, London: Raymond Douglas Davies. The Kinks.
Watford, Hertfordshire: Charles Christopher Britton. Drums; Troggs.
22 Jun Willesden, London: Peter Asher. Vocals, guitar, producer. Peter and Gordon.
24 Jun Marbourne, Birmingham: Christopher ("Chris") Gordon Blanford Wood (d. Birmingham, 22 July 1983). Flute, saxophone; Traffic.
Wallington, Surrey: Geoffrey ("jeff") Arnold Beck. Guitar; Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group.
Skipton: Charlie Whitney [b Richard John Whitney]. Guitar: Family
18 Jul Wooton Wawen, Warkwishire: Jim Onslow. Bass, singer: Robbie Earl and the Counts, Gerry Levene and the Avengers, Denny Laine and the Diplomats
20 Jul Southport: Kevin Fogarty. Teenbeats
  Rastenberg, East Prussia: An assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler fails
24 Jul Belfast, Northern Ireland: James Armstrong. Guitarist: The Mellotones, Them
25 Jul Los Angeles: Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters record "Dont Fence Me In"
26 Jul Kirdford, Sussex: Neil Landon [b. Neil Cahill]. Singer: Neil Landon & The Burnettes (1962), Flowerpot Men
1 Aug Wolverhampton, Warwickshire: Anthony ("Tony") Stewart Dangerfield. Vocals, bass: Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages, Tony Dangerfield and the Thrills.
3 Aug London: Royal Ascent given to the Education Act its sponsor, R. A. Butler, becomes the first Minister of Education. The act divides British secondary schools into Grammar Schools, Secondary Technical Schools, and Secondary Modern Schools and makes this education free to students.
8 Aug Marylebone, London: John Renbourn. Guitarist: Pentangle
9 Aug Loughborough, Lincolnshire: Viv Prince. Drummer (The Dauphin Street Six, Carter Lewis and the Southerners, The Pretty Things, The Bunch of Fives)
14 Aug Liverpool: John Conrad. Mojos
15 Aug Southern France: Allied forces land
21 Aug Washington, D.C.: Britain, the US, the USSR, and China begin talks leading to the establishment of the United Nations
24 Aug Evesham: Nicola James ("Jim") Capaldi [d. 28 January 2005]. Drummer: Traffic
25 Aug Paris: liberated by Allied forces
6 Spt London: The British government relaxes blackout restrictions and suspends compulsory training for the Home Guard
  Great Bookham, Cambridge: George Roger Waters. Bass: Pink Floyd
8 Spt Bournemouth, Dorset: Peter Franklyn Bellamy [d. September 1991]. Guitarist, singer: The Young Tradition
11 Spt Quebec: Winston Churchill meets with President Roosevelt
20 Spt Huntley, Aberdeenshire: Bruce Finlay. Drums: The Sorrows
26 Spt Bridge of Allan: Robert OBrien. Casuals
Oct Clonakilty, County Corn, Eire: John O'Leary. Harmonica: The Savoy Brown Blues Band, The John Dummer Blues Band, The John O'Leary Band
3 Oct Liverpool: Keith Alcock. Mojos
7 Oct Johannesburg, S.A.: Denver Gerrard. Warm Sounds
9 Oct Chiswick: John Alec Entwhistle [d. Las Vegas, Nevada, 27 June 2003]. Bass. The Who.
14 Oct Germany: Field Marshal Erwin Rommel commits suicide rather than face execution for allegedly conspiring against Adolf Hitler (NYT)
20 Oct Walton, Liverpool: Clive Hornby. Drums: The Dennisons
27 Oct Bournemouth, Dorset: Donald Partridge. Singer
29 Oct Tyseley, Birmingham: Denny Laine [b. Brian Arthur Hines]. Guitar: Moody Blues
1 Nov Birmingham, Warwickshire: Mike Burley. The Starliners, The Johnny Neil Sound
2 Nov Todmorden, Lancashire: Keith Emerson. Organ, keyboards: Nice; Emerson, Lake and Palmer
9 Nov Dartford, Kent: Phil May [b. Phillip Arthur Dennis May]. Singer: Jerome and the Pretty Things, The Pretty Things
24 Nov Sparkhill, Birmingham: Beverley ("Bev") Bevan. Drums: Move.
25 Nov London: The "New Cross Disaster" in which a missle hits a crowded Woolworth's killing 160.
26 Nov Belfast, Northern Ireland: Alan Hendrson. Bassist: The Gamblers, Them
29 Nov Colchester, Essex: John "Twink" Alder [b. John Charles Alder]. Drummer, the Pretty Things.
6 Dec Godalming, Surrey: Kenneth George ("Jonathan") King. Singer.
Oldham: David Roderick Carnie ("Fritz") Fryer. Four Pennies
9 Dec Danbury, Essex: Neil Innes. Guitar: Bonzo Dog Band
13 Dec Bristol: Ronald (Ron) Caine. Sax: The Ron Caines Quartet, East of Eden
15 Dec English Channel: Glenn Miller disappears
16 Dec Belgium: The Battle of the Bulge begins as German forces launched a surprise counter-attack against Allied forces
17 Dec Hertford, Hertfordshire: Dino Dines [b. Peter Dines; d. 28 January 2004]. Organist: Tyranosaurus Rex
19 Dec Nottingham: Alvin Lee [b. Graham Lee? Dean]. Guitarist, vocalist: The Jay Birds, Ten Years After, Alvin Lee and Co, Ten Years Later, The Alvin Lee Band
22 Dec Leicester: Barry Jenkins. Drums: Nashville Teens
24 Dec Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Tab Martin [b. Alan Raymond Brearley]. Bassist: The Tornados, Saints and Andy Cavell, Heinz and the Saints
25 Dec Crosby, Liverpool: Kenny Everett [b. Maurice Cole]. DJ: BBC, Radio London.
27 Dec London: Mick Jones [b. Michael Leslie Jones]. Guitar, vocals: Nero and the Gladiators, Johnny Halliday, Spooky Tooth
30 Dec Battersea, London: John Alan Barber. Guitar: the Scorpions.
  Other 1944 Artifacts
  London: By Act, the city gains the right of compulsory purchase of bomb sites
  London: Bernard ("Bernie") Watson. Guitar; Screaming Lord Sutch & the Savages
Hounslow, Middlesex: Anthony ("Tony") Cooper. Vocals, guitar.
Aston? Birmingham, Warkwickshire: Gerry Levene [b. Michael Gibbs]. Singer: Cliff Angel and the Virtues, Gerry Levene and the Avengers
Little Ashton Park, Staffordshire: Timothy John Patrick "Magic" Hughes; d. 23 January 1998, Bangkok, Thailand]: Guitarist, singer: Bernie Elliott and the Klan, Bernie Elliott and the Fenmen, The Cortinas, The Zephyrs
Cambridge: Robert Klose. Guitarist: The Abdabs, The Pink Floyd Sound, The Pink Floyd
Dawlish Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham: Mark Raymond [b. Kenneth Hoban]. Singer: The Wildcats, The Rayvons, Mark Raymond and the Cyclones / the Crowd
1943 button 1945
This site is a living document. I welcome corrections and suggestions. Gordon Thompson, Department of Music, Skidmore College
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