1960s British Rock and Pop Chronology
1957
 
January JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
4 Guy Mitchell: "Singing the Blues" [UK #1 for 1 week]
Bill Haley and His Comets: "Rock around the Clock" [Brunswick 05317, re-enters charts, UK #22]
Bill Haley and His Comets: "Rockin' through the Rye" [Brunswick 05582, re-enters charts, UK #19]
6 Ireland: Prime Minister Costello condemns IRA attacks
9 London: Anthony Eden resigns as Prime Minister
10 London: Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister
11 Tomy Steele and the Steelmen: "Singing the Blues" [UK #1 for 1 week]
Frankie Vaughan: "Garden of Eden" [Philips PB 660, charts, UK #1]
Lonnie Donegan: "Bring a Little Water Sylvie"/"Dead or Alive" [Pye Nixa N 15080, re-entry, UK #7]
Gary Miller: "Garden of Eden" [Pye Nixa N 15070, charts, UK # 14]
Dick James: "Garden of Eden" [Parlophone R 4255, charts, UK #18]
12 Melody Maker: Brighouse, Yorkshire. St. John Ambulance Brigade boys drum and bugle band "shook officers and senior officials at a presentation ceremony by playing credible rock 'n' roll" (p. 6).
16  Liverpool: The Cavern Club opens, with the Merseysippi Jazz Band
18 Guy Mitchell: "Singing the Blues" [UK #1 for 1 week]
Lonnie Donegan: "Don't You Rock Me, Daddy-O" [Pye Nixa N 15080, charts; UK #4]
Johnnie Ray: "You Don't Owe Me a Thing" [Philips PB 655, charts, UK #12]
Alma Cogan: "You, Me and Us" [HMV POP 284, charts, UK #18]
19 Melody Maker, Showtalk, Jack Payne: "In my opinion—though skiffle artists would rather die than admit it's the truth—this huge appeal lies in the fact that a large proportion of these audiences are Rock 'n' Roll fans... For does not skiffle music share three distinctive traits with Rock 'n' Roll—an exaggerated use of guitars, a heavy exaggerated off-beat, and an exaggerated style of mouthing the words?" (p.5)
25 Frankie Vaughan: "The Garden of Eden" [UK #1 for 4 weeks]
David Whitfield: "Adoration Waltz" [Decca F 10833, charts, UK #9]
The Vipers Skiffle Group: "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O" [Parlophone R 4261, charts, UK #10]
The Platters: "You'll Never, Never Know"/"It Isn't Right" [Mercury MT 130, charts, UK #22]
Fats Domino: "Ain't that a Shame" [London HLU 8173, charts, UK #23]
 
  Other January Artifacts
  London: John Stephen opens his men's clothing shop in Carnaby Street [approximate date]
   
 
February JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 Frankie Vaughan: "The Garden of Eden" and
Guy Mitchell: "Singing the Blues" share UK #1 for 1 week

Bill Haley and His Comets: "Don't Knock the Rock" [London HLF 8371, charts, UK #20]
The Beverley Sisters: "I Dreamed" [Decca F 10832, charts, UK #24]
Fats Domino: "Honey Chile" [London HLU 8356, charts, UK #29]
2 Melody Maker: "Tommy Steele Says, 'I'm a Bit Numb" [press release story about his "discovery"] (p. 3)
6 London: Bill Haley and His Comets begin UK tour with concerts at the Dominion Theater
8 Little Richard: "Long Tall Sally" [London HLO 8366, charts, UK #3]
Johnnie Ray: "Look Homeward Angel" [Philips PB 655, charts, UK #7]
Bill Haley and His Comets: "Don't Knock the Rock" [Brunswick 05640, charts, UK #7]

The Johnston Brothers: "Give Her My Love" [Decca F 10828, charts, UK # 27]
Tony Brent: "Cindy, Oh Cindy" [Columbia DB 3844, re-entry, UK #30]
13 London: Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner perform at the Roundhouse, recording Blues at the Roundhouse.
15 Guy Mitchell: "Knee Deep in the Blues" [Philips PB 669, charts, UK #3]
Shirley Bassey: "Banana Boat Song" [Philips PB 668, charts, UK #8]
Tommy Steele and the Steelmen: "Knee Deep in the Blues" [Decca F 10849, charts, UK #15]
Elvis Presley: "Mystery Train" [HMV POP 295, charts, UK #25]
  NME: "The American Invasion Is On!"
16 BBC: 6.5 Special premiers
22 Tab Hunter: "Young Love" [UK #1 for 7 weeks]
Winifred Atwell: "Let's Rock 'n Roll" [Decca F 10852, charts, UK #24]
Little Richard: "Tutti Frutti" [London HLO 8366, charts, UK #29]
22 London: Phillip becomes Prince of the United Kingdom
   
 
March JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
3 Edmonton, Regal Cinema: Bill Haley and His Comets perform for an audience that includes Harry Webb (soon to adopt the performance name, Cliff Richard)
6 Britain: plan for nuclear energy production adopted
  Ghana: Gold Coast and Togoland, former British colonies, unifiy and become an independent state
8 Little Richard: "She's Got It" [London HLO 8382, charts, UK #15]
Elvis Presley: "Rip It Up" [HMV POP 305, charts, UK #27]
15 Little Richard: "The Girl Can't Help It" [London HLO 8382, charts, UK #9]
Norman Wisdom: "Wisdom of a Fool" [Columbia DB 3903, charts, UK #13]
Vera Lynn: "The Faithful Hussar (Don't Cry My Love)" [Decca F 10846, charts, UK #29]
22 The Vipers Skiffle Group: "Cumberland Gap" [Parlophone R 4289, charts, UK #10]
25 Rome: European Economic Community (Common Market) forms with the signing of the Treaty of Rome
29 Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers: "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent" [Columbia DB 3878, charts, UK #12]
Ronnie Carroll: "The Wisdom of a Fool" [Philips PB 667, charts, UK #20]
Fats Domino: "Blue Monday" [London HLP 8377, charts, UK #23]
Alma Cogan: "Whatever Lola Wants" [HMV POP 317, charts, UK #26
   
 
April JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
5 Lonnie Donegan: "Cumberland Gap" [Pye Nixa N 15087, charts, UK #1]
Max Bygraves: "Heart" [Decca F 10862, charts, UK #14]
David Whitfield: "I'll Find You" [Decca F 10864, charts, UK #27]
12 Lonnie Donegan: "Cumberland Gap" [UK #1 for 5 weeks]
Charles McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey: "Freight Train" [Oriole CB 1352, charts, UK #5]
Malcolm Vaughan: "The World Is Mine" [HMV POP 303, charts, UK #26]
19 Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers: "Baby Baby" [Columbia DB 3878, charts, UK #4]
Fats Domino: "I'm Walkin'" [London HLP 8407, charts, UK #19]

The Johnston Brothers: "Heart" [Decca F 10860, charts, UK #23]
Tommy Steel and the Steelmen: "Singing the Blues" [Decca F 10819, re-enters, UK #24]
20 Government announces intention to end further conscription under the National Service Acts after 1960
26 Guy Mitchell: "Rock-a-Billy" [Philips PB 685, charts, UK #1]
   
 
May JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
3 Tommy Steele and the Steelmen: "Butterfingers" [Decca F 10877, charts, UK #8]
Jimmy Young: "Round and Round" [Decca F 10875, charts, UK #30]
10 Johnnie Ray: "Yes, Tonight Josephine" [Philips PB 686, charts, UK #1]
Elvis Presley: "Too Much" [HMV POP 330, charts, UK #6]

Malcolm Vaughan: "Chapel of Roses" [HMV POP 325, charts, UK #13]
17 Guy Mitchell: "Rock-a-Billy" [UK #1 for 1 week]
The Platters: "I'm Sorry" [Mercury MT 145, charts, UK #18]
24 Andy Williams: "Butterfly" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
Russ Hamilton: "We Will Make Love" [Oriole CB 1359, charts, UK #2]
Ronnie Hilton: "Around the World" [HMB POP 338, charts, UK #4]
Bing Crosby: "Around the World" [Brunswick 05674, charts, UK #5]
Peggy Lee: "Mr. Wonderful" [Brunswick 05671, charts, UK #5]
31 The King Brothers: "A White Sport Coat" [Parlophone R 4310, charts, UK #6]
Gracie Fields: "Around the World" [Columbia DB 3953, charts, UK #8]
Mantovani: "Around the World" [Decca F 10888, charts, UK #20]
The Vipers Skiffle Group: "Streamline Train" [Parlophone R 4308, charts, UK #23]
 
  Other May Artifacts
  San Francisco: Police confiscate copies of Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems
   
 
June JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 Lonnie Donegan: "Gamblin' Man"/"Putting on the Style" [Pye Nixa N 10593, charts, UK #1]
7 Johnnie Ray: "Yes Tonight, Josephine" [UK #1 for 3 weeks]
Lonnie Donegan: "Putting on the Style" [enters UK charts; UK #1]
Terry Dene: "A White Sport Coat" [Decca F 10895, charts, UK #18]
14 Elvis Presley: "All Shook Up" [HMV POP 359, charts, UK #1]
Charles McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey: "Greenback Dollar" [Oriole CB 1371, charts, UK #28]
21 Vera Lynn: "Travellin' Home" [Decca F 10903, charts, UK #20]
Chuck Berry: "School Day" [1st UK chart entry, UK #24]
28 Lonnie Donegan: "Gamblin' Man" / "Putting on the Style" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
Little Richard: "Lucille" [London HLO 8446, charts, UK #10]
Tony Brent: "Dark Moon" [Columbia DB 3950, charts, UK #17]
   
 
July JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
5 Don Lang and His Frantic Five: "School Day" [HMV POP 350, charts, UK #26]
6 Melody Maker: Chas McDevitt and Nancy Whisky unable to get performances in New York (p. 1)
  London: Althea Gibson (US) is first black woman to win at Wimbleton
12 Elvis Presley: "All Shook Up" [UK #1 for 7 weeks]
Elvis Presley: "Teddy Bear" [RCA 1013, charts, UK #3]
19 Terry Dene: "Start Movin'" [Decca F 10914, charts, UK # 15]
Fats Domino: "Valley of Tears" [London HLP 8449, charts, UK #25]
Cyril Stapleton: "Forgotten Dreams" [Decca F 10912, charts, UK #27]
Gary Miller: "Wonderful, Wonderful" [Pye Nixa N 15094, charts, UK # 29]
  Nevada: Shot John (air-to-air nuclear missle test)
26 Petula Clark: "With All My Heart" [Pye Nixa N 15096, charts, UK #4]
Guy Mitchell: "In the Middle of a Dark, Dark Night"/"Sweet Stuff" [Philips PB 712, charts, UK #25]
 
  Other July Artifacts
  20 Arundel Gardens, Portobello Road Market: Joe Meek sets up his first recording studio in a shared flat.
   
 
August JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 The United States and Canada create the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
2 Ronnie Hilton: "Wonderful, Wonderful" [HMV POP 364, charts, UK #27]
3 Melody Maker: "Crombie Quits Rock 'n' Roll" [disbands the Rockets after 6 August] (p. 16)
5 ABC-TV: American Bandstand' makes its network debut
  Baikonur Cosmodrome, Tyuratam, Kazaksthan, U.S.S.R.: the Soviet Union successfully tests a rocket booster
9 The King Brothers: "In the Middle of an Island" [Parlophone R 4338, charts, UK #19]
12 London: Council on Prices, Productivity, and Incomes established
16 Tommy Steele and the Steelmen: "Water, Water"/"Handful of Songs" [Decca F 10923, charts, UK #5]
23 Shirley Bassey: "Fire Down Below" [Philips PB 723, charts, UK#30]
24 Melody Maker: Customs Seize American Disks [destined for Doug Dobell's shop in Brighton]
25 Moscow: The Soviet Union announces it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
30 Paul Anka: "Diana" [UK #1 for 9 weeks]
Elvis Presley: "Paralysed" [HMV POP 378, charts, UK #8]
Tommy Steele and the Steelmen: "Shiralee" [Decca F 10896, charts, UK #11]
   
 
September JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
3 London: Report of the Departmental Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution recommends that homosexuality no longer be considered criminal
4 Little Rock, Arkansas: Gov. Orval Faubus calls out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School
5 New York: Westrex demonstrates a system for stereo disks.
  Jack Kerouac publishes On the Road
6 Johnnie Ray: "Build Your Love" [Philips PB 721, charts, UK #17]
Shirley Bassey: "You You Romeo" [Philips PB 723, charts, UK #29]
9 Washington, D.C.: President Eisenhower signs the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction
13 Little Richard: "Jenny Jenny" [London HLO 8470, charts, UK #11]
18 Mountain View, California: Eight lab workers walk off their jobs because their employer had decided not to continue research on silicon-based semiconductors. The workers would found Intel.
19 The Bank of England raises the Prime Lending Rate to 7%
  The United States conducts its first underground nuclear test, in the Nevada desert
20 Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers: "Goody Goody" [Columbia DB 3983, charts, UK #24]
25 Little Rock, Arkansas: 9 black students integrate Central High School
27 The Crickets: "That'll Be the Day" [Vogue Coral Q 72279, charts, UK #1]
Jerry Lee Lewis: "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" [London HLS 8457, first UK chart, UK #8]

Russ Hamilton: "Wedding Ring" [Oriole CB 1388, charts, UK #20]
 
  Other September Artifacts
  Lonnie Donegan: "My Dixie Darling"/"I'm Just a Rolling Stone" [UK re; chrt 11 Oct; UK #10]
  The Crickets: "That'll Be the Day" [US re; US-UK #1]
   
 
October JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
3 San Francisco: charges dismissed against Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems
4 Elvis Presley: "Party" [RCA 1020, charts, UK #2]
  Baikonur Cosmodrome, Tyuratam, Kazaksthan, U.S.S.R.: the Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, into orbit
11 Jim Dale: "Be My Girl" [Parlophone R 4343, charts, UK #2]
Lonnie Donegan: "My Dixie Darling" [Pye Nixa N 15108, charts, UK #10]
Guy Mitchell: "Call Rosie on the Phone" [Philips PB 743, charts, UK #17]
  New York: Westrex gives a public demonstration of its stereo disk system
12 Canada: Elizabeth II begins a state visit
18 Elvis Presley: Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do" [RCA 1020, charts, UK #17]
   
 
November JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 The Crickets: "That'll Be the Day" [UK #1 for 3 weeks]
The Kaye Sisters and Frankie Vaughan: "Gotta Have Something in the Bank, Frank" [Philips PB 751, charts, UK #8]
Elvis Presley: "Loving You" [RCA 1013, charts, UK #24]
Elvis Presley: "Trying to Get to You" [HMV POP 408, charts, UK #16]
3 Kazaksthan, U.S.S.R.: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2 into orbit with the dog Laika on board
5 London: Government announces that women will be admitted to the House of Lords
8 Elvis Presley: "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" [HMV POP 408, charts, UK #15]
14 London: Elizabeth II announces the end of debutante presentation at court
15 Elvis Presley: "Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me" [RCA 1025, charts, UK #7]
Petula Clark: "Alone" [Pye Nixa N 15112, charts, UK #8]
17 BBC: 6.5 Special broadcasts from the 2i's coffee bar
22 Harry Belafonte: "Mary's Boy Child" [UK #1 for 7 weeks]
The Johnny Otis Show: "Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me" [Capitol CL 14794, charts, UK #2]
The Southlanders: "Alone" [Decca F 10946, charts, UK #17]
Tommy Steele and the Steelmen: "Hey You" [Decca F 10941, charts, UK #28]
25 President Eisenhower suffers a stroke
29 Malcolm Vaughan: "My Special Angel" [HMV POP 419, charts, UK #3]
Little Richard: "Keep a Knockin'" [London HLO 8509, charts, UK #21]
Russ Conway: "Party Pops" [Columbia DB 4031, charts, UK #24]
 
  Other November Artifacts
  The Crickets: "Oh Boy"/"Not Fade Away" [US re; US #6; UK #3]
Buddy Holly: "Peggy Sue" [US release]
   
 
December JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
6 Winifred Atwell: "Let's Have a Ball" [Decca F 10956, charts, UK #4]
Buddy Holly: "Peggy Sue" [Coral Q 72293, charts, UK #6]
The King Brothers: "Wake Up Little Susie" [Parlophone R 4367, charts, UK #22]
18 Pennsylvania: The Shippingport Atomic Power Station—the first civilian nuclear plant producing electricity—goes on line.
20 Jerry Lee Lewis: "Great Balls of Fire" [London HLS 8529, charts, UK #1]
Jimmie Rodgers: "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" [Columbia DB 4052, charts, UK #7]

Frankie Vaughan: "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" [Philips PB 775, charts, UK #8]
Lonnie Donegan: "Jack o' Diamonds" / "Ham 'n' Eggs" [Pyle Nixa 7N 15116, charts; UK #14]
27 The Crickets: "Oh Boy" [Coral Q 72298, charts, UK #3]
Dickie Valentine: "Snowbound for Christmas" [Decca F 10950, charts, UK #28]
   

Other 1957 Artifacts
Ian Fleming publishes From Russia, with Love
Bayreuth, Germany: Grundig produces its TK830 portable tape recorder
 
1960s British Rock and Pop Chronology
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This site is a living document. I welcome corrections and suggestions. Gordon Thompson, Department of Music, Skidmore College
Copyright © 1995 9 January, 2007 , Gordon Thompson