1960s British Rock & 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 Tommy 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. Six-five Special: Kenny Baker and His Dozen, Michael Holliday, The King Brothers
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
23 BBC. Six-five Special: George "Calypso" Brown, Dennis Lotis
   
 
March JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
2 BBC. Six-five Special: Julian Bream, Russ Henderson Steel Band, Tommy Steele and His Steelmen
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]
9 BBC. Six-five Special: Big Bill Broonzy, Tommy Steele and His Steelmen, Wally Whyton, Mike and Bernie Winters
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]
16 BBC. Six-five Special: Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band, The Southlanders, Tommy Steele and His Steelmen
22 The Vipers Skiffle Group: "Cumberland Gap" [Parlophone R 4289, charts, UK #10]
23 BBC. Six-five Special: Jill Day, Lonnie Donegan and His Skiffle Group, Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band, Tommy Steele and His Steelmen
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
30 BBC. Six-five Special: Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band, Tommy Steele and His Steelmen
   
 
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]
6 BBC. Six-five Special: Larry Adler and The Teenagers
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]
13 BBC. Six-five Special: Chris Barber's Jazz Band, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Ottilie Patterson, Dickie Valentine, Clive Lithgoe
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
  BBC. Six-five Special: Dickie Bennett, Jackie Collins, ronnie Hilton, Tony Crombie and His Rockets
26 Guy Mitchell: "Rock-a-Billy" [Philips PB 685, charts, UK #1]
27 BBC. Six-five Special: Jim Dale, Vera Day, Terry Dene and His Dene-Agers, Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band
   
 
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]
4 BBC. Six-five Special: Rory Blackwell and His Group, John Dankworth and His Band, Lorrae Desmond, The Johnson Brothers
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]
11 BBC. Six-five Special: Michael Holliday, Desmond Lane
17 Guy Mitchell: "Rock-a-Billy" [UK #1 for 1 week]
The Platters: "I'm Sorry" [Mercury MT 145, charts, UK #18]
18 BBC. Six-five Special: Terry Dene and His Dene-Agers, Ken Dodd, Don Lang and His Frantic Five
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]
25 BBC. Six-five Special: Eric Delaney Band, Art Baxter and His Rockin' Sinners, The Clyde Valley STompers, David Hughes, Jimmy Logan, Chas McDevitt and His Skiffle Group, Lita Roza, Nancy Whiskey
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]
  BBC. Six-five Special:
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]
8 BBC. Six-five Special: Jim Dale, Tubby Hayes, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Patti Lewis, Spike Milligan, Ronnie Scott, Dickie Valentine
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]
15 BBC. Six-five Special: Larry Adler, Johnny Duncan and the Blue Grass Boys, Ronnie Carroll, Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band, Edna Savage
21 Vera Lynn: "Travellin' Home" [Decca F 10903, charts, UK #20]
Chuck Berry: "School Day" [1st UK chart entry, UK #24]
22 BBC. Six-five Special:
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]
29 BBC. Six-five Special: Tony Kinsey, Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band, Lita Roza
   
 
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
  BBC. Six-five Special:
12 Elvis Presley: "All Shook Up" [UK #1 for 7 weeks]
Elvis Presley: "Teddy Bear" [RCA 1013, charts, UK #3]
13 BBC. Six-five Special: Jim Dale, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Patti Lewis, Dennis Lotis, Spike Milligan
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)
20 BBC. Six-five Special: Terry Dene, Stephane Grappelli, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Patti Lewis, Vic Lewis and His Orchestra, Dennis Lotis, Freddie Mills
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]
27 BBC. Six-five Special:
 
  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)
  BBC. Six-five Special: Jim Dale, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Dennis Lotis, Humphrey Lyttelton, Freddie Mills
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]
10 BBC. Six-five Special: Shirley ABicair, John Dankworth and His Orchestra, Charlie Drake, Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band, Mel Torme, Wally Whyton and The Vipers Skiffle Group
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]
17 BBC. Six-five Special: Petula Clark, Jim Dale, Eric Delaney Band, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Dennis Lotis, Hymphrey Lyttelton and His Band, Freddie Mills
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]
  BBC. Six-five Special:
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]
31 BBC: Six-five Special. The Deep River Boys, The Eric Delaney Band, Cab Kaye, Chris Barber, Ottilie Patterson, Michael Holliday, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, The Mike Sammes Singers.
   
 
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]
7 BBC. Six-five Special: Johnny Dankworth and His Orchestra, Cleo Laine, Wally Whyton and The Vipers Skiffle Group
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]
14 BBC. Six-five Special: Jim Dale, Tubby Hayes, Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band, Ken Mackintosh and His Orchestra, Bill Maynard, Freddie Mills, Jimmy Rushing, Ronnie Scott, Nancy Whiskey
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]
21 BBC. Six-five Special: Larry Adler, Ted Heath and His Music, The John Barry Seven, Patti Lewis, Dennis Lotis
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]
28 BBC. Six-five Special: Johnny Duncan and The Blue Grass Boys, Rose Brennan, Kenneth Connor, Larry Gretton, Rus Hamilton, Joe Loss and His Orchestra, tony Kinsey, ross MacManus, Freddie Mills, The Southlanders, Rosemary Squires, Diane Todd
 
  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
5 BBC. Six-five Special: Michael Holliday, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Freddie Mills, Sonny Stewart and His Skiffle Kings, Terry Wayne
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
  BBC: Six-five Special. Les Hobeaux, Terry Denne and His Dene Aces, Don Lang and His Frantic Five
18 Elvis Presley: Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do" [RCA 1020, charts, UK #17]
19 BBC. Six-five Special: Roger Bannister, Christopher Brasher, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Freddie Mills, Frankie Vaughan, Wally Whyton and The Vipers Skiffle Group
26 BBC. Six-five Special: Colin Hicks and His Cabin Boys, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Freddie Mills, Terry Wayne
   
 
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]
2 BBC. Six-five Special: Petula Clark, Les Hobeaux, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Freddie Mills
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]
9 BBC. Six-five Special: Johnny Dankworth and His Orchestra, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, The Southlanders, Rosemary Squires
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]
16 BBC. Six-five Special: Shirley Douglas, Adam Faith and The Worried Men, Wee Willie Harris, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Chas McDevitt and His Skiffle Group, Freddie Mills
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]
23 BBC. Six-five Special: Ronnie Aldrich and The Squadronaires, Chris Barber and His Jazz Band, The Gaunt Brothers, Sheila Buxton, Jim Dale, The John Barry Seven, Freddie Mills, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mike and Bernie Winters
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]
30 BBC. Six-five Special: Kenny Baker and His Baker's Dozen, David Hughes, The King Brothers, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Jeremy Lloyd, Freddie Mills, Jon Pertwee, Joyce Shock, The Vernons Girls
 
  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]
7 BBC. Six-five Special: Johnny Duncan and The Blue Grass Boys, Jim Dale, The Dallas Boys, Michael Holliday, Don Lang, Freddie Mills, Marion Ryan, and Graham Stark
14 BBC. Six-five Special: Terry Dene, Lonnie Donegan and His Skiffle Group, Stephane Grappelli with the Dill Jones Trio, The King Brothers, Don Lang and His Frantic Five
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]
21 BBC. Six-five Special: Chris Barber and His Jazz Band, Jim Dale, Terry Dene, Michael Holliday, Don Lang, Dennis Lotis, Ken Mackintosh, Ottilie Patterson
27 The Crickets: "Oh Boy" [Coral Q 72298, charts, UK #3]
Dickie Valentine: "Snowbound for Christmas" [Decca F 10950, charts, UK #28]
28 BBC. Six-five Special: The King Brothers, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Vick Lewis and His Orchestra, Glen Mason, Spike Milligan, Freddie Mills, The Vernons Girls
   

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

1956 1958

This site is a living document. I welcome corrections and suggestions. Gordon Thompson, Department of Music, Skidmore College

Copyright © 1995 14 October, 2015 , Gordon Thompson