1960s British Rock and Pop Chronology
The Birth of a Nation 11: 1948
4 Jan Burma: independence from the UK
6 Jan New York: Jackson Pollock opens his first show
11 Jan Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales: Terence ("Terry") Williams. Drummer: The Camancheros, The Smokeless Zone, Man
17 Jan Hatfield, Hertfordshire: Michael Kevin ("Mick") Taylor. Guitar: The Juniors, The Strangers, The High Numbers, The Gods, John Mayall's Blues Breakers, Rolling Stones
22 Jan Sunderland: Michael Graham. Plastic Penny
Theydon Bois, Essex: Nigel Pegram. Drummer: Spice, Grindrolog, Steeleye Span
29 Jan Jamaica: Lincoln ("Linc") Gordon. Guitar: The Equals
Jamaica: Dervin ("Derve") Gordon. Singer: The Equals
30 Jan New Delhi: Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi assassinated
11 Feb Glasgow: Derek Victor Shulman. Simon Dupree; Simon Dupree and the Big Sound
17 Feb Taunton, Somerset: Darryl Way. Violin; Sisyphus, Curved Air
25 Feb Czechoslovakia: Communists seize control of the government
2 Mar Hertford, Herefordshire: Sean Nicholas. Bass: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
5 Mar Guyana: Edmond Grant. Equals
13 Mar Edgware, Middlesex: David James Mattacks. Drums: The Pioneers, Andy and the Marksmen, Fairport Convention, replaced Martin Lamble
17 Mar Holloway: Patrick Lloyd. Equals
1 Apr St. James, Jamaica: Jimmy Cliff [b. James Chambers]
3 Apr Washington, D.C.: The Marshall Plan allocates more than $5 billion in aid for 16 European countries
13 Apr Garston, Liverpool: Arthur ("Arty") Davies. Drummer: Faron's Flamingos, Lee Curtis and the All Stars
21 Apr Northampton: Susan ("Copper") Marshall. Paper Dolls
26 Apr Dublin, Eire: Richard McCracken. Bassist: Taste, Stud, Spencer Davis
5 May Skegness: Trevor Gordon [b. Trevor Gordon Grunnill]. Marbles
12 May Birmingham: Steve Winwood. Organ, guitar, vocals: Spencer Davis, Traffic, Blind Faith
31 May Redditch: John Henry ("Bonzo") Bonham. Drums: Led Zeppelin
18 Jun Rangoon, Burma: Nicholas Rodney Drake [d. 25 November 1974, Tanworth-in-Arden, Warkwickshire]. Guitar, vocals
24 Jun Berlin: Stalin blockades West Berlin, cutting off road and rail access to protest the re-establishment of a German government in the zones of occupation and currency reforms
25 Jun Hampstead, London: Frank Perry. Drums: The Abstract Sounds, The Chicago Blues Band, The Black Cat Bones
26 Jun West Berlin: American and British planes begin flying supplies
5 Jul Britains National Health Service Act goes into effect, providing government-financed medical and dental care
21 Jul London: Cat Stevens [b. Steve Adams Georgiou]
28 Jul Bletchley, Buckinghamshire: Pauline Bennett ("Spyder"). Paper Dolls
29 Jul London: King George VI opens the Olympic Games
15 Aug Seoul: The Republic of Korea (South Korea) established
20 Aug West Bromwich, Staffordshire: Robert Plant. Singer; Band of Joy, Led Zeppelin.
6 Spt Portsmouth: Eric Raymond Lewis Hine. Simon Dupree and the Big Sound
9 Spt Pyanyang: The Peoples Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) established
11 Spt New Malden, Surrey: John Martyn [b. Iain David McGreachy]
16 Spt Stepney, London: Kenney Jones. Drums: Small Faces
8 Oct Keresley Hospital, Coventry: Roger David Lomas. Singer: George and the Dragons, The Clouds, The Sorrows, The Eggy
12 Oct Woking: Richard Harrison (Parfitt). Status Quo
3 Nov Lennox Castle, Glasgow: Lulu [b. Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie]. Singer
5 Nov Ealing, West London: Pete Hammill [b. Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill]. Singer, guitar: Van Der Graff Generator
12 Nov Tokyo: Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other Japanese leaders sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal
14 Nov London: Princess Elizabeth gives birth to Charles Philip Arthur George
23 Nov Cardiff, Glamorgan, South Wales: Anthony ("Tony") Budge. Guitar, vocals; The Hills Contemporary Grass, Budgie Droppings, Budgie
10 Dec The UN General Assembly adopts the Universal Declaration on Human Rights
13 Dec Chiswick, London: David O'List. Guitar: Nice
20 Dec Leeds, Yorkshire: Stephen Carlton ("Little Stevie") Wright. Singer: Easybeats
21 Dec Eire (formerly the Irish Free State) declares independence
22 Dec Tokyo: Hideki Tojo hanged
  Other 1948 Events
  London: Caleb Quayle. Guitars, vocals: Bluesology, Hookfoot
Oxford: Charles Hart. Organ, violin: One One Seven (1967), Pete Brown's Battered Ornaments (1967)
1947 button 1949
This site is a living document. I welcome corrections and suggestions. Gordon Thompson, Department of Music, Skidmore College
Copyright © 1995 — 08-May-2007 Gordon Thompson