1960s British Rock & Pop Chronology
1958
 
January JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 European Economic Community Treaty (Common Market) & European Atomic Agency Treaty (Euratom) comes into effect
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: "The Twelve Five AM Special." Wee Willie Harris, Tubby Hayes, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Freddie Mills, Ronnie Scott
3 Harry Belafonte: "Mary's Boy Child" [continues as UK #1]
The Kaye Sisters: "Shake Me, I Rattle"/"Alone" [Philips PB 752, charts, UK #27]
  West Indies Federation: Independence
4 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: The Five Dallas Boys, Johnny Dankwortth and His Orchestra, The Worried Men (with Adam Faith), Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Freddie Mills, Rosemary Squires, Johnny Worth
10 Jerry Lee Lewis: "Great Balls of Fire" [UK #1 for 2 Weeks]
Bill Justis: "Raunchy" [London HLS 8517, charts, UK #11]
The Crickets: "That'll Be the Day" [Coral Q 72279, re-enters charts, UK #29]
Jim Dale: "Just Born" [Parlophone R 4376, charts, UK #27]
11 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: The John Barry Seven, The Tony Kensey Quintet, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Freddie Mills, Rosemary Squires, Marty Wilde and His Wildcats
17 Michael Holliday: "The Story of My Life" [Columbia DB 4058, charts, UK #1]
Gary Miller: "The Story of My Life" [Pye Nixa N 15120, charts, UK #14]
Elvis Presley: "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" [HMV POP 428, charts, UK #21]
Jim Dale: "Crazy Dream" [Parlophone R 4376, charts, UK #25]
18 Melody Maker: "The Hootenany Takes Hold" [American "ceilidh" organized by Ewan Macoll at Holborn High's Princess Louise on Sunday Nights] (p. 5).
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Kenny Baker and His Baker's Dozen, The Barry Sisters, Johnny Duncan and The Blue Grass Boys, Johnny Dankworth and His Orchestra, Max Geldray, Michael Holliday, Cleo Laine, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Freddie Mills, Jon Pertwee, Marion Ryan, Mary Wilde
24 Elvis Presley: "Jailhouse Rock" [RCA 1028, charts, UK #1 for 3 weeks]
25 Melody Maker: "Skiffle" [Tony Brown interview with the Harry Francis of the Musicians' Union on how skiffle has damaged musician income] (p. 3)
31 Alma Cogan: "The Story of My Life" [HMV POP 433, charts, UK #25]
The King Brothers: "Put a Light in the Window" [Parlophone R 4389, charts, UK #25]
31 Cape Canaveral, Florida: US launches Explorer satellite
 
  Other January Artifacts
  London: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Peter Thorneycroft, resigns in protest against government spending
  London: Dick Denney brings his 15-watt Denney twin-channel amplifier up to production standards. This amp will become the Vox AC15 (Amplifier Combination 15 Watts).
   
 
February JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
1 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Jim Dale, Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band, Freddie Mills, The Mudlarks, Lita Roza, The Vipers Skiffle Group (with Wally Whyton)
6 Munich: Seven members of the Manchester United football team are among those killed in an air crash
7 Eddie Calvert: "Mandy" [Columbia DB 3956, charts, UK #9]
Ken MacKintosh: "Raunchy" [HMV POP 426, charts, UK #19]
8 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Don Lang and His Frantic Five, George Melly, Freddie Mills, The Southlanders, Rosemary Squires.
13 London: British pledge retaliation against Soviet nuclear attack
14 Michael Holliday: "The Story of My Life" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
McGuire Sisters: "Sugartime" [Coral Q 72305, charts, UK #14]
Alma Cogan: "Sugartime" [HMV POP 450, charts, UK #16]
David Whitfield: "Cry My Heart" [Decca F 10978, charts, UK #22]
15 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Johnny Duncan and The Blue Grass Boys, Jim Dale, Lorrae Desmond, The Ray Ellington Quartet, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, Ken Mackintosh and His Orchestra, Valerie Masters
17 Westminster, London: The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) founded in Central Hall
21 Ronnie Hilton: "Magic Moments" [HMV POP 446, charts, UK #22]
Ricky Nelson: "Stood Up" [London HLP 8542, charts, UK #27]
22 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special:
28 Perry Como: "Magic Moments" [UK #1 for 8 weeks]
Elvis Presley: "Don't" [RCA 1043, charts, UK #2]
Little Richard: "Good Golly Miss Molly" [London HLU 8560, charts, UK #8]
Petula Clark: "Baby Lover" [Pye Nixa N 15126, charts, UK #12]
Tony Brent: "The Clouds Will Soon Roll By" [Columbia DB 4066, charts, UK #20]
 
  Other February Artifacts
  Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) begin marches (with Ken Colyer's band?)
   
 
March JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
1 London (Trocadero Cinema, Elephant and Castle): Buddy Holly and the Crickets begin UK tour before 4,500 fans, performing for 20 minutes. Show cost: 10s 3d.
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Jim Dale & Cab Kaye, The Dallas Boys, Jackie Dennis, Tubby Hayes, Ted Heath and His Music, Michael Holliday, The King Brothers, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, The Terry Lightfoot Jazzmen, Gary Miller, Lita Roza, Ronnie Scott, and Mike & Bernie Winters
7 Marvin Rainwater: "Whole Lotta Woman" [MGM 974, charts, UK #1]
Tommy Steele: "Nairobi" [Decca F 10991, charts, UK #3]
Frankie Vaughan: "Can't Get Along without You"/"We Are Not Alone" [Philips PB 793, charts, UK #11]
Jim Dale: "Sugartime" [Parlophone R 4402, charts, UK #25]
11 Florence, South Carolina: A B-47E bomber accidentally jettisons an unarmed nuclear bomb.
14 The Crickets: "Maybe Baby" [Coral Q 72307, charts, UK #3]
Ted Heath: "Swingin' Shepherd Blues" [Decca F 11000, charts, UK #3]
Jackie Dennis: "La Dee Dah" [Decca F 10992, charts, UK #4]
Buddy Holly: "Listen to Me" [Coral Q 72288, charts, UK #16]
Michael Holliday: "In Love" [Columbia DB 4087, charts, UK #26]
15 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Stephane Grappelli, Maxime Saury, Maria Velasco, and Mike & Bernie Winters
21 Malcolm Vaughan with the Michael Sammes Singers: "To Be Loved" [HMV POP 459, charts, UK #14]
22 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Ronnie Carroll, Russ Conway, Jill Day, Lonnie Donegan, The Eric Delaney Band, Don Lang and His Frantic Five, and Mike & Bernie Winters
24 Elvis reports for active duty in the US Army
25 New York: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) adopts the Westrex system for stereo records as the industry standard
29 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Jim Dale (host) with Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys, Johnny Dankworth & His Orchestra, Cleo Laine, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, Freddie Mills, The Polka Dots, and Mike & Bernie Winters
 
  Other March Artifacts
  London: Film, The 6.5 Special (a.k.a.: Calling All Cats) premiers
  Moscow: Nikita Kruschev elected chairman of Council of Ministers
   
 
April JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
1 Fidel Castro announces war against President Batista
4 Connie Francis: "Who's Sorry Now" [MGM 975, charts, UK #1]
  Melody Maker: Marty Wilde complains that traditional session musicians "can't feel rock" (20)
  London: 5,000 attend anti-nuclear rally at Trafalgar Square. Gerald Holtom's symbol for the nuclear disarmament movement (a combination of the semaphor gestures for the letters "N" and "A") makes its appearance. Later, others will interpret as the peace symbol.
5 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Josephine Douglas (host) with Max Bygraves, Harry Gold, The John Barry Seven, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, Marion Ryan, and Mike & Bernie Winters.
11 Lonnie Donegan: "The Grand Coolie Dam" [Pye Nixa 7N 15129, charts, UK #6]
Jerry Lee Lewis: "Breathless" [London HLS 8592, charts, UK #8]
Ted Heath: "Tequila" [Decca F 11003, charts, UK #21]
12 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Jim Dale (host) with The Ray Ellington Quartet, Jiver Hutchinson & His Band, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, Valerie Masters, Gary Miller, Bertice Reading, and Mike & Bernie Winters
18 Ronnie Hilton with the Michael Sammes Singers: "I May Never Pass This Way Again" [HMV POP 468, charts, UK #27]
19 165 Oxford Street, London: The Marquee Club opens.
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Jim Dale (host) with Eve Boswell, Jackie Dennis, Phil Fernando, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, The Mudlarks, Dennis Wilson and The Earwigs, and Mike & Bernie Winters
15 Five-year NATO defense plan approved
25 Marvin Rainwater: "Whole Lotta Woman" [UK #1 for 3 weeks]
Robert Earl: "I May Never Pass this Way Again" [Philips PB 805, charts, UK #14]
Tommy Steel: "Happy Guitar" [Decca F 10976, charts, UK #20]
26 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Jim Dale (host) with Ronnie Aldrich & The Squadronaires, Group One, David Hughes, The Lana Sisters, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, Jeremy Lubbock, and George Melly.
 
  Other April Artifacts
  Dundee, Scotland: Tommy Steele injured by fans at a concert where the promoters fail to provide security. Steele cancels his tour and takes time to reconsider his career.
  "The Swiss," Old Compton Street: John Foster helps rename Harry Webb as Cliff Richard in recognigion of Little Richard. Ian Samwell recommends against "Richards" so that Webb can correct them and say the name twice.
   
 
May JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
2 Max Bygraves: "You Need Hands" / "Tulips from Amsterdam" [Decca F 11004, charts, UK #3]
Elvis Presley: "Wear My Ring around Your Neck" [RCA 1058, charts, UK #3]
3 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Kenny Baker & His Baker's Dozen, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, Dennis Lotis, and Joan Small.
9 Frankie Vaughan: "Kewpie Doll" [Philips PB 825, charts, UK #10]
10 Melody Maker: "Lonnie Donegan disc is banned by BBC" ["Nobody Loves Like and Irishman"] (1).
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Jim Dale (host) with Ray Burns, Terry Burton, Ted Heath & His Music, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, and Jimmy Logan.
16 Connie Francis: "Who's Sorry Now" [UK #1 for 6 weeks]
Michael Holliday: "Stairway of Love" [Columbia DB 4121, charts, UK #3]
The Platters: "Twilight Time" [Mercury MT 214, charts, UK #3]
Terry Dene: "Stairway of Love" [Decca F 11016, charts, UK #16]
David Whitfield: "One the Street Where You Live" [Decca F 11018, charts, UK #16]
17 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys, Lorrae Desmond, Tubby Hayes, Michael Holliday, Marie Knight, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band, Timmie Rogers, Ronnie Scott, Rosemary Squires, and Alex Welsh & His Band.
19 The US and Canada formally establish the North American Air Defense Command
22 London: Bank rate cut to 5 1/2%
23 Don Lang: "Witch Doctor" [HMV POP 488, charts, UK #5]
30 Perry Como: "I May Never Pass this Way Again" [RCA 1062, charts, UK #15]
31 Melody Maker: "Jerry Lee produces boos, boredom" [reactions to Jerry Lee Lewis' marriage revelations, tour cut to 3 days] (7)
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: The Dallas Boys, The Eric Delaney Band, The John Barry Seven, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, The Mudlarks, and Marion Ryan.
 
  Other May Artifacts
  London: Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop premier A Taste of Honey at the Theatre Royal
   
 
June JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
1 BBC TV: Juke Box Jury premiers with a 26 week contract.
  Paris: Charles de Gaulle becomes premier of France
7 London, HMV (150 Oxford Street at Bond Street): Cliff Richard and the Drifters make a demo recording of "Breathless" and "Lawdy Miss Clawdy."
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special:
8 Enewetak Atoll: "Shot Umbrella" submarine nuclear detonation
13 The Four Preps: "Big Man" [Capitol CL 14873, charts, UK #2]
Dean Martin: "Return to Me" [Capitol CL 14844, charts, UK #2]
14 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Marion Keene, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, Laurie London, The Mudlarks
15 ABC TV. Oh Boy! Marty Wilde, The Dallas Boys, John Barry Seven, Lord Rockingham's XI, Neville Taylor & The Cutters, The Vernons Girls, Cuddly Dudley (Dudley Hessop), Bernice Reading, Kerry Martin. [pilot]
17 London, Coventry Theatre: Tommy Steele returns to British stage with Dennis Price (piano), Alan Stuart (tenor sax), Leo Pollini (drums), and Allan Weighell (bass).
20 Buddy Holly: "Rave On" [Coral Q 72325, charts, UK #5]
Eddie Calvert: "Little Serenade" [Columbia DB 4105, charts, UK #28]
20 London: bus drivers go on strike
27 Vic Damone: "On the Street Where You Live" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
Connie Francis: "I'm Sorry I Made You Cry" [MGM 982, charts, UK #11]
Jackie Dennis: "Purple People Eater" [Decca F 11033, charts, UK #29]
29 ABC TV. Oh Boy! Marty Wilde, The Dallas Boys, John Barry Seven, Lord Rockingham's XI, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, The Vernons Girls, Cuddly Dudley, Bernice Reading, Kerry Martin. [pilot]
 
  Other June Artifacts
  Lonnie Donegan: "Sally, Don't You Grieve" / "Betty, Betty, Betty" [UK re; chrt 11 Jul; UK #11]
  London: Clean Air Act goes into effect
   
 
July JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
4 Vic Damone: "On the Street Where You Live" [shared UK #1 for 1 week]
The Everly Brothers: "All I Have to Do I Dream" / "Claudette" [shared UK #1 for 1 week]

Ted Heath: "Tom Hark" [Decca F 11025, charts, UK #24]
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special:
11  The Everly Brothers: "All I Have to Do I Dream" / "Claudette" [UK #1 for 6 weeks]
Marty Wilde: "Endless Sleep" [Philips PB 835, charts, UK #4]
Lonnie Donegan: "Sally, Don't You Grieve" / "Betty, Betty, Betty" [Pye Nixa 7N 15148, charts, UK #11]
Michael Holliday: "I'll Always Be in Love with You" [Columbia DB 4155, charts, UK #27]
Little Richard: "Ooh My Soul" [London HLO 8647, charts, UK #22]
12 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Audrey Jeans, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, The Reg Owen Band, and Marion Ryan.
15 Liverpool: An off-duty policeman driving his car strikes and kills John Lennon's mother, Julia
18 Tommy Steele: "The Only Man on the Island" [Decca F 11041, charts, UK #16]
19 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Jim Dale (host) with Toni Dalli, Ted Heath & His Music, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, The Polka Dots, Terry Scott, The Tommy Whittle Quartet, and Barbara Windsor.
23 London: Women named to House of Lords
25 Elvis Presley: "Hard Headed Woman" [RCA 1070, charts, UK #2]
The Crickets: "Think It Over" [enters UK charts, UK #11]
Joe "Mr. Piano" Henderson: "Trudie" [Pye Nixa N 15147, charts, UK #14]
26 London: Charles named Prince of Wales
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special:
 
  Other July Artifacts
  London: Life peerages created
  USA: Hula-hoop craze
   
 
August JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
1 Bobby Darin: "Splish Splash" [London HLE 8666, charts, UK #18]
Frankie Vaughan: "Wonderful Things" [Philips PB 834, charts, UK #22]
2 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Johnny Dankworth & His Orchesra, The Ray Ellington Quartet, Nat Gonella, Rosemary Squires, Alex Welsh & His Dixielanders
3 Arctic Ocean:The nuclear-powered submarine Nautilus is the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater
8 Charlie Drake: "Splish Splash" [Parlophone R 4461, charts, UK #7]
9 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Jill Day, Terry Dene, Don Lang & His Frantic Five, Glen Mason, Bertice Reading, Edna Savage, and Barbara Windsor
12 Johnston Island, Micronesia: "Shot John" (high-altitude nuclear detonation)
15 New York: Big Bill Broonzy dies [b. Scott County, Mississippi 26 June 1898
16 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: The Dallas Boys, Lonnie Donegan, Basil Kirchin & His Band, Ken Mackintosh & His Band, and Lita Roza.
22 The Kalin Twins: "When" [UK #1 for 5 weeks]
Connie Francis: "Carolina Moon" / "Stupid Cupid" [MGM 985, charts, UK #1]
Ricky Nelson: "Poor Little Fool" [London HLP 8670, charts, UK #4]

Max Bygraves: "Little Train" / "Gotta Have Rain" [Decca F 11046, charts, UK #28]
Russ Conway: "Got a Match" [Columbia DB 4166, charts, UK #30]
23 Washington: US Congress approves $1 billion increase for national defense
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special:
23-24 Nottingham: Race riots
29 Dean Martin: "Volare" [Capitol CL 14910, charts, UK #2]
Buddy Holly: "Early in the Morning" [Coral Q 72333, charts, UK #17]

Russ Conway: "Got a Match" [Columbia DB 4166, charts, UK #30]
29 Moscow: USSR announces it has successfully returned two dogs from a space arch
30 Melody Maker: Tommy Steele forms his own disc firm [Lionel Bart: "As the name implies (Gimmick), we are after special, gimmicky sounds... The original idea came from Decca when they learned that Tommy and I had played an active part in organizing his Decca sessions... We aim to scour the country for promising new British artists, to make the discs in our own way ant issue them in America. And if they make a hit in the States, we will issue them in this country...."] (1)
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Ronnie Carroll, Geraldine Farrar, Teddy Foster & His Orchestra, The Four Imps, The Joy Belles, Don Rennie, and Rory Blackwell & The Blackjacks.
  Bromley Road, Notting Dale, London: Race riots
31 Notting Hill, London: Race riots
   
 
September JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
4 Washington, D.C.: US warns China against invading Formosa (Taiwan)
5 Bernard Bresslaw: "Mad Passionate Love" [HMV POP 522, charts, UK #6]
Duane Eddy and the Rebels: "Rebel Rouser" [London HL 8669, charts, UK #19]
6 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Jim Dale (host) with Johnny duncan & The Blue Grass Boys, tony Brent, Tito Burns' 6.5ers, Maxine Daniels, Aiudrey Jeans, The Kestrels, Winston & His Band Lee, Mal Perry, The Preston Cygnets, and Malcolm Vaughan.
7 Australia: Britain launches its first ballistic missile, "Black Knight"
Moscow: USSR warns US against attacking China
9 Notting Hill, London: Race riots
12 Cliff Richard and the Drifters: "Move It" [Columbia DB 4178, charts, UK #2]
13 ABC TV. Oh Boy! Bertice Reading, Marty Wilde, Ronnie Carroll, The Dallas Boys, Cherry Wainer, John Barry Seven, Lord Rockingham's XI, The Vernons Girls, Red Price, Cliff Richard and The Drifters.
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Bernard Bresslaw, The Dauphin Street Six, Cliffor Davis, Eve Eden, Janine Gray, russ Hamilton, Tony Osborn and His Brass Hats, Ronnie and His Music Makers Keene, Margaret Lorraine, Hilary Martin, Don Rennie, The Ken-Tones, The Tito Burns Six-Fivers; Leila Williams, and Tina Winters.
20 ABC TV. Oh Boy! Marty Wilde, Ronnie Carroll, Cherry Wainer, John Barry Seven, Lord Rockingham's XI, The Vernons Girls, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Red Price, Dudley Heslop, Cliff Richard and The Drifters.
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Tito Burns' 6.5ers, Russ Conway, The Six-Five Dates, Jackie Dennis, Lorrae Desmond, Dennis Lotis, and Reg Owen & His Band.
26 Connie Francis: "Carolina Moon" / "Stupid Cupid" [UK #1 for 6 weeks]
Johnny Mathis: "A Certain Smile" [Fontana H 142, charts, UK #4]
Lonnie Donegan: "Lonesome Traveler" [Pye Nixa 7N 15158, charts, UK #28]
27 ABC TV. Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, Ronnie Carroll, The Dallas Boys, Marty Wilde, John Barry Seven,Neville Taylor & The Cutters, Cherry Wainer, The Vernons Girl, Lorie Mann, Lord Rockingham's XI, Red Price
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: The Six-Five Dates, Lisa Noble, Reg Owen & His Band, The Polka Dots, Marion Ryan, Al Saxon.
   
 
October JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
3 Elvis Presley: "King Creole" [RCA 1081, charts, UK #2]
4 ABC TV. Oh Boy!: [#4] Tony Hall, Ronnie Carroll, Don Lang, Marty Wilde, The Dallas Boys, Neville Taylor & The Cutters, Cherry Wainer, Lord Rockingham's XI, The Vernons Girls, Vince Eager, Red Price, Cliff Richard & The Drifters
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: The Six-Five Dates, Ray Ellington, The Mudlarks, Mike Preston, and Lita Roza.
  London-New York: British Overseas Airways Corporation begins the first trans-Atlantic passenger jetliner service with two flights, one starting fron London Heathrow and the other from Idlewild Airport (New York)
8 Lebanon: US and Britain withdraw troops
9 Rome: Pope Pius XII dies
10 Frankie Vaughan: "Am I Wasting My Time on You" [Philips PB 865, charts, UK #25]
11 Melody Maker: "Marty Wilde Quits Show" [Dispute when he must share the bill with Cliff Richard on 5 October edition of Oh Boy!] (16)
  ABC TV. Oh Boy! Marty Wilde, Ronnie Carroll, Valerie Shane, The Dallas Boys, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Dudley Heslop, Cherry Wainer, Lord Rockingham's XI, The Vernons Girls, Red Price, Cliff Richard & The Drifters
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Maurice Burman, The Six-Five Dates, Craig Douglas, Vince Eager, The Lana Sisters, Laurie London, Joan Small, and The Kalin Twins.
  Cape Canaveral, Florida: US fires multi-stage rocket, Pioneer
17 Malcolm Vaughan with the Michael Sammes Singers: "More Than Ever (Come Prima)" [HMV POP 538, charts, UK #5]
18 London: The BBC begins offering broadcasts in stereo
  ABC TV. Oh Boy! [#6] Tony Hall, Neville Taylor, Cherry Wainer, The Dallas Boys, The Vernons Girls, Marty Wilde, Ronnie Carroll, Jackie Dennis, John Barry Seven, Cliff Richard and The Drifters, The Cutters, Lord Rockingham's XI, Red Price
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: The Six-Five Dates, Craig Douglas, Donna Douglass, Vince Eager, Lita Roza, and The Southlanders.
19 EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London: cast and invited audience members record the Oh Boy! LP. [Cliff Richard and Peter Elliott record on the 21st because of calendar conflicts.]
21 London: Muddy Waters and Otis Spann appear with British sidemen, Dick Smith (bass) and Graham Barbidge (drums); audience has mixed response to the electric guitar
24 Lord Rockingham's XI: "Hoots Mon" [Decca F 11059, charts, UK #1]
Robert Earl: "More than Ever (Come Prima)" [Philips PB 867, charts, UK #26]
Charlie Drake: "Volare" [Parlophone R 4478, charts, UK #28]
25 BBC. The Six-Five Special: Ronnie Carroll, The Six-Five Dates, Craig Douglas, Vince Eager, and Gary Miller.
27 ABC: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, Cliff Richard, The Dallas Boys, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, The Vernons Girls, Cherry Wainer, Peter Elliott, Red Price, Lord Rockingham's XI, The Drifters
26 New York City: Pan Am inaugurates jet service to Europe
28 Rome: Pope John XXIII elected
31 Connie Francis: "I'll Get By" [MGM 993, charts, UK #19]
   
 
November JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
1 ABC TV. Oh Boy! Tony Hall, Cherry Wainer, Cliff Richard, John Barry Seven, Peter Elliott, The Dallas Boys, Dudley Heslop, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Red Price, The Vernons Girls, Lord Rockingham's XI, Bill Forbes
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Terry Burton, Ronnie Carroll, The Six-Five Dates, Craig Douglas, Vince Eager, Audrey Jeans, and Marty Wilde.
7 Tommy Edwards: "It's All in the Game" [UK #1 for 3 weeks]
Ricky Nelson: "Someday" [London HLP 8732, charts, UK #9]
Eddie Cochran: "Summertime Blues" [London HLU 8702, charts, UK #18]
8 Melody Maker: Editorial "Pop Rot! Call a Halt Now" [call for an end to the promotion of rock and roll] (3)
  ABC TV. Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, The Dallas Boys, Peter Elliott, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Red Price, Cherry Wainer, Cliff Richard, The Vernons Girls, Lord Rockinghams XI, Cuddly Dudley
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Ronnie Carroll, Russ Conway, Frank Cook, The Six-five Dates, Craig Douglas, Vince Eager, Audrey Jeans, Ruby Murray, and The Tracy Sisters.
14 Tommy Steele: "Come on, Let's Go" [Decca F 11072, charts, UK #10]
Lonnie Donegan: "Lonnie's Skiffle Party" [Pye Nixa 7N 15165, charts, UK #23]
15 ABC TV. Oh Boy! Tony Hall, Cuddly Dudley, The Vernons Girls, Cherry Wainer, The Dallas Boys, Cliff Richard & The Drifters, Neville Taylor & The Cutters, The John Barry Seven, Peter Elliott, Red Price, Pat Lawrence, Lord Rockingham's XI, Two Vernons Girls
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Shirley Bassey, Ronnie Carroll, Craid Douglas, vince Eager, Chris Howland, Don Lang, The Ken-Tones, and Marty Wilde.
21 Lonnie Donegan: "Tom Dooley" [Pye Nixa 7N 15172, charts, UK #3]
Cliff Richard and the Drifters: "High Class Baby" [Columbia DB 4203, charts, UK #7]
Ricky Nelson: "I Got a Feeling" [London HLP 8732, charts, UK #27]
  Washington, D.C.: US announces intention to maintain the integrity of Berlin
22 ABC TV. Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, Cliff Richard, The Dallas Boys, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Cherry Wainer, Peter Elliott, Lord Rockingham's XI, The Drifters, The Vernons Girls, Red Price, Cuddly Dudley, Lorie Mann
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Jim Dale (host) with Tito Burns' 6.5ers, Ronnie Carroll, The Mudlarks, Des O'Connor, Joan Regan, Lita Roza, The Tony Osborne Orchestra, and Malcolm Vaughan.
28 Lord Rockingham's XI: "Hoots Mon" [UK #1 for 3 weeks]
Russ Conway: "More Party Pops" [Columbia DB 4204, charts, UK #10]
28 Cape Canaveral, Florida: US successfully launches Atlas ballistic missile over 6,300 miles
29 ABC TV: Oh Boy! Tony Hall, The Vernons Girls, Red Price, Cherry Wainer, John Barry, Peter Elliott, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Lord Rockingham's XI, Cuddly Dudley, Emile Ford
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Ronnie Carroll, The Eric Delaney Band, Jackie and The Raindrops, Don Lang, Lita Roza, and Sheila Southern.
   
 
December JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC  
5 Jane Morgan: "The Day the Rains Came" [London HLR 8751, charts, UK #1]
  ABC TV:.Oh Boy! [#13] features Cliff Richard & The Drifters, 'Cuddly' Dudley, The John Barry 7, Michael Holliday, & Peter Elliott
6 BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Johnny Dankworth and His Band, Charlie Drake, Emile Ford, and Dennis Lotis.
12 Ruby Murray: "Real Love" [Columbia DB 4192, charts, UK #18]
13 ABC TV: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, Michael Holliday, Cherry Wainer, Lord Rockingham's XI, Peter Elliott, Cliff Richard, The Dallas Boys, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, The Drifters, Cuddly Dudley, John Barry Seven, Red Price, The Vernons Girls
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Ted Heath and His Music, Don Lang, Lisa Noble, Lita Roza, and Leila Williams.
  Cape Canaveral, Florida: US launches monkey into space arch
18 Cape Canaveral, Florida: US launches satellite broadcasting recorded Christmas message
19 Conway Twitty: "It's Only Make Believe" [UK #1 for 5 weeks]
Shirley Bassey: "As I Love You" [Philips PB 845, charts, UK #27]
20 Melody Maker: "Cliff Richard's Father Sacks His Manager" [Tito Burns replaces Franklyn Boyd] (14)
  ABC TV: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, The King Brothers, Cherry Wainer, Cuddly Dudley, Peter Elliott, Lord Rockingham's XI, Cliff Richard and The Drifters, The Vernons Girls, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Vince Taylor, The Two Vernons Girls
  BBC TV. The Six-Five Special: Mona Baptiste, Dickie Bennett, Tito Burns' 6.5ers, The Dallas Boys, Eric Delaney Band, dick Francis, Michael Holliday, The Kingpins, Gary Miller, and The Mudlarks.
26 Shirley Bassey: "Kiss Me Honey, Honey Kiss Me" [Philips PB 860, charts, UK #3]
Connie Francis: "You Always Hurt the One You Love" [MGM 998, charts, UK #13]
27 6.5 Special (BBC) goes off the air
  ABC TV: Oh Boy! Tony Hall, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Cliff Richard and The Drifters, Cherry Wainer, Peter Elliott, Colin Hicks, Vince Taylor, The Vernons Girls, Red Price, Cuddly Dudley, William Marshall, Lord Rockingham's XI

Other 1958 Artifacts
Hohner develops its Cembalet electric piano
Danelctro introduces it's "Long Horn" electric bass
3 and 4-track tape machines in the US
Fullerton, California: Fender introduces its Jazz Master electric guitar
Kalamazoo, Michigan: Gibson introduces its Explorer and ES-335 electric guitars
First stereo LPs sold commercially
RCA switches its distribution agreement from EMI to Decca
London: Parking meters introduced
London: Ian Fleming publishes Doctor No
 

1960s British Rock and Pop Chronology
1957 1959
This site is a living document. I welcome corrections and suggestions. Gordon Thompson, Department of Music, Skidmore College
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