1960s British Rock & Pop Chronology
1959
 
 
January JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 Havana: Batista flees Cuba as Fidel Castro's troops seize several key cities
European Market Pact goes into effect
2 Conway Twitty: "It's Only Make Believe" [continues as UK #1]
The Big Bopper: "Chantilly Lace" [Mercury AMT 1002; charts; UK #12]
Max Bygraves: "My Ukelele" [Decca F 11077; charts; UK #19]
  USSR launches Lunik I towards moon
3 ABC: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, Don Lang, The Dallas Boys, Vince Taylor and His Playboys, Lord Rockingham's XI, Cuddly Dudley, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, The Vernons Girls, Red Price, Peter Elliot, William Marshall
7 Washington: Official American recognition of Fidel Castro's Cuban government
8 Paris: DeGaulle proclaimed President of France
9 Shirley Bassey: "As I Love You" [Philips PB 845, re-charts; UK #1]
Ronnie Hilton with the Michael Sammes Singers: "The World Outside" [HMV POP 559; charts; UK #18]
10 ABC: Oh Boy! Tony Hall, Don Lang, Terry Dene, Mona Baptiste, The Dallas Boys, Cherry Wainer, Vince Taylor and His Playboys, Lord Rockingham's XI, Peter Elliott, Cuddly Dudley, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Red Price, The Vernons Girls
11 Royal Albert Hall, London: NME Winner's Poll Concert features Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde, Alma Cogan, Lonnie Donegan, and the Mudlarks
16 Billy Fury: "Maybe Tomorrow" [Decca F 11102; release]
17 Britain and Egypt reach agreement over Suez Canal
  ABC: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, Cliff Richard and The Drifters, Mona Baptiste, Cherry Wainer, The Dallas Boys, Peter Elliott, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Lord Rockingham's XI, Red Price, Bill Forbes, The Vernons Girls
23 Jane Morgan: "The Day the Rains Came" [UK #1 for 1 week]
The Everly Brothers: "Problems" [London HLA 8781; charts; UK #6]

Russ Conway: "The World Outside" [Columbia DB 4234; charts; #24]
Alma Cogan: "Last Night on the Back Porch" [HMV POP 573; charts; UK #27]
24 ABC: Oh Boy! Tony Hall, Lonnie Donegan and His Skiffle Group, Mike Preston, Cherry Wainer, Bill Forbes, The Hewitt Singers, The Dallas Boys, Lord Rockingham's XI, The Vernons Girls, Red Price, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Roy Young
  BBC TV: Jimmy Grant's "Saturday Club" premiers with 1st live stereo broadcast
30 Elvis Presley: "One Night" / "I Got Stung" [UK #1 for 3 weeks]
Paul Anka: "(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings" [Columbia DB 4241; charts; UK #10]
Cliff Richard and the Drifters: "Livin' Lovin' Doll" [Columbia DB 4249; charts; UK #20]
Frankie Vaughan: "That's My Doll" [Philips PB 895; charts; UK #28]
Buddy Holly: "Heartbeat" [Coral Q 72346; charts; UK #30]
31 ABC: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, Shirley Bassey, Cliff Richard and The Drifters, The Dallas Boys, Don Lang, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Cherry Wainer, Lord Rockingham's XI, The Vernons Girls, Red Price
   
 
February JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 Havana: Fidel Castro becomes Prime Minister of Cuba
3 Iowa: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson die in a plane crash
Cape Canaveral, Florida: US Army launches Pioneer IV satellite
6 Lonnie Donegan: "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor (on the Bedpost Overnight)" [Pye 7N 15181; charts; UK #3]
Lord Rockingham's XI: "Wee Tom" [Decca F 11104; charts; UK #16]
  Cape Canaveral, Florida: successful test-fire of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile
7 ABC: Oh Boy! Tony Hall, Lord Rockingham's XI, Cherry Wainer, Marty Wilde, Cliff Richard and The Drifters, The Dallas Boys, Betty Miller, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, The Vernons Girls, Red Price
13 Chris Barber's Jazz Band: "Petite Fleur" [Pye Nixa NJ 2026; charts; UK #3]
The Beverly Sisters: "Little Drummer Boy" [Decca F 11107; charts; UK #6]
Robert Earl: "Wonderful Secret of Love" [Philips PB 891; charts; UK #17]
14 ABC: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, Shirley Bassey, Lord Rockingham's XI, Cherry Wainer, Marty Wilde, Don Lang, The Mudlarks, Peter Elliott, The Dallas Boys, The Vernons Girls, Red Price, Billy Fury
19 Britain signs an agreement with Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus independence
20 Shirley Bassey: "As I Love You" [UK #1 for 4 weeks]
Russ Conway: "Side Saddle" [Columbia DB 4256; charts, UK #1]
20 NME: "Court Will Decide Who Is Lord Rockingham: Robinson Challenges Good for Title"
21 ABC: Oh Boy! Tony Hall, Marty Wilde, Don Lang, The Dallas Boys, Cherry Wainer, Lord Rockingham's XI, Betty Miller, The Vernons Girls, Red Price, Gerry Dorsey, Rikki Henderson
  Melody Maker: Jack Good replaces Lord Rockingham's XI (and director Harry Robinson) with the John Barry Seven. Good retains ownership of Rockingham identity, Robinson takes band on tour. (1)
  Macmillan visits Moscow
23 UK and USSR agree to expand trade and culture relations
27 Buddy Holly: "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" [Coral Q 72360; charts; UK #1]
Malcolm Vaughan: "Wait for Me" [HMV POP 590; charts; UK #13; last chart]
Billy Fury: "Maybe Tomorrow" [Decca F 11102; charts; UK #18]
Michael Flanders: "Little Drummer Boy" [Parlophone R 4528; charts; UK #20]
Reg Owen: "Manhattan Spiritual" [Pye International 7N25009; charts; UK #20]
28 ABC: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, Marty Wilde, Lord Rockingham's XI, Cherry Wainer, Cuddly Dudley, Bill Forbes, The Dallas Boys, Mike Preston, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Red Price, The Vernons Girls, Dickie Pride, Tony Sheridan
 
  Other February Artifacts
  The Drifters [Shadows]: "Feelin' Fine"
   
 
March JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
6 Marty Wilde: "Donna" [Philips PB 902; charts; UK #3]
Russ Conway: "The World Outside" [Columbia DB 4234; re-charts; UK #24]
7 ABC: Oh Boy! Tony Hall, Marion Ryan, Cliff Richard and The Drifters, Marty Wilde, The Dallas Boys, Cherry Wainer, Vince Eager, Mike Preston, The Vernons Girls, Red Price, Lord Rockingham's XI, Neville Taylor and The Cutters
9 London: Government announces plan for atomic submarine
13 Eddie Cochrane: "C'mon Everybody" [London HLU 8792; charts; UK #6]
Dickie Valentine: "Venus" [Pye Nixa 7N 15192; charts; UK #20]
14 ABC: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, Chris Andrews, Don Lang, Cherry Wainer, The Dallas Boys, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Red Price, Bill Forbes, Billy Fury, Peter Elliott, Tony Sheridan, Teddy & Freddy, The Vernons Girls
18 Ottawa: Macmillan and Eisenhower meet
20 The Platters: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" [UK #1 for 1 week]
  NME: Cliff Richard to star in the film version of Espresso Bongo
21 London: EMI ceases production of 78 rpm discs
  ABC: Oh Boy! Tony Hall, Dickie Valentine, Marty Wilde, The Dallas Boys, Cherry Wainer, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Cuddly Dudley, Red Price, Tony Sheridan, Gerry Dorsey, The Vernons Girls
27 Russ Conway: "Side Saddle" [UK #1 for 4 weeks]
28 ABC: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, The Marino Marini Quartet, Cliff Richard, The Drifters, Ronnie Caroll, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Cherry Wainer, The Dallas Boys, The Vernons Girls, Red Price, Pierce Rogers
 
  Other March Events
  London: Oh Boy! moves from ABC's studios in Wardour Street, Soho to Teddington.
   
 
April JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
3 NME: Harry Robinson and Jack Good work out an amicable agreement over the name "Lord Rockingham"
4 Melody Maker: Wilde Attacks Session Men [complains that session musicians "can't feel rock"] (20)
  ABC: Oh Boy! Tony Hall, Cherry Wainer, Don Lang, Lord Rockingham's XI, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Mike Preston, Lorie Mann, Red Price, The Vernons Girls, Dickie Pride, Tony Sheridan, Chris Andrews, Dean Webb
  BBC. Drumbeat: Russ Conway, vince Eager, Adam Faith, Gus Goodwin, The John Barry Seven, The Kingpins, Dennis Lotis, Robert Miller, The Millermen, Sylvia Sands, The Three Barry Sisters, and Roy Young.
9 US: NASA presents its first 9 astronauts
11 ABC: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, The Vernons Girls, Lord Rockingham's XI, Marty Wilde, Cuddly Dudley, Cherry Wainer, The Dallas Boys, Pierce Rodgers, Dickie Pride, Lorie Mann, Bill Forbes, Red Price
  BBC. Drumbeat: John Barry, Ronnie Carroll, Petula Clark, Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Billy fury, Gus Goodwin, The John Barry Seven, The Kingpins, Robert Miller, The Millermen, Sylvia Sands, The Three Barry Sisters, Roy Young
13 Cape Canaveral, Florida: US launches Discoverer II polar satellite
15 New York City: Castro arrives to win support for his new government
17 Ricky Nelson: "It's Late" [London HLP 8817; charts; UK #3]
18 ABC: Oh Boy! Tony Hall, The Inkspots, Lonnie Donegan and His Skiffle Group, Cherry Wainer, The Vernons Girls, The Dallas Boys, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Lorie Mann, Dickie Pride, Pierce Rodgers, Tony Sheridan, Red Price, Jack Good's Lord Rockingham's XI
  BBC. Drumbeat: John Barry, Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Billy Fury, Gus Goodwin, The John Barry Seven, The Kingpins, Rober Miller, Lita Roza, Sylvia Sands, The Three Barry Sisters, Roy Young.
24 Buddy Holly: "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" [UK #3 for 3 weeks]
The Crickets: "Love's Made a Fool of You" [Coral Q 72365; charts; UK #26]
25 ABC: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, Don Lang, Bill Forbes, Billy Fury, Dickie Pride, Cuddly Dudley, Michael Cox, The Dallas Boys, The Cutters, Nicky Martin, The Vernons Girls, Red Price, Jack Good's Lord Rockingham's XI
  BBC. Drumbeat: The John Barry Seven, Terry Dene, Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Gus Goodwin, Jackie and The Raindrops, The Lana Sisters, Rober Miller & The Millermen, The Mudlarks, Anthony Newley, Sylvia Sands, and Roy Young.
   
 
May JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 Anthony Newley: "I've Waited So Long" [Decca F 11127; charts; UK #3]
Frankie Vaughan and the Kaye Sisters: "Come Softly to Me" [Philips PB 913; charts; UK #9]
Joan Regan: "May You Always" [HMV POP 593; charts; UK #9]
2 ABC: Oh Boy! Tony Hall, Marty Wilde, Cliff Richard and The Drifters, Alma Cogan, The Dallas Boys, Mike Preston, Cherry Wainer, Red Price, The Vernons Girls, Lord Rockingham's XI
  BBC. Drumbeat: Gus Goodwin (host) with The John Barry Seven, Charlie Drake, Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Billy Fury, Jackie and The Raindrops, The John Barry Seven, The Lana Sisters, Rober Miller, Sylvia Sands, Malcolm Vaughan, & Roy Young
7 Agreement for UK to purchase atomic weapon components from the US
8 Johnny Kidd and the Pirates: "Please Don't Touch" [UK release; rec 18 Apr 59] / "Growl" [ditto]
  Cliff Richard and the Drifters: "Mean Streak" [Columbia DB 4290; charts; UK #10]
Anthony Newley: Idle on Parade [Decca DFE 6566; EP charts; UK #13]
Lonnie Donegan: "Fort Worth Jail" [Pye Nixa 7N 15198; charts; UK #14]
9 Melody Maker: "Stars, theatre staff scared of these Rock and Riot Shows" [injuries from "pay-day rowdies" who throw fire extinguisters and chairs] (1, 20)
  ABC: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, Conway Twitty, Marty Wilde, Cherry Wainer, Billy Fury, Dickie Pride, Cuddly Dudley, The Dallas Boys, Tony Sheridan and The Wreckers, Maureen Kershaw, The Vernons Girls, Lord Rockingham's XI, Red Price, Dean Webb
  BBC. Drumbeat: Gus Goodwin (host) with The John Barry Seven, Sheila Buxton, Cliff Richard and The Drifters, Terry Dene, Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Jackie and The Raindrops, The Lana Sisters, Robert Miller & The Millermen, Sylvia Sands, and Roy Young.
15 Elvis Presley: "A Fool Such as I" / "I Need Your Love Tonight" [UK #1 for 5 weeks]
Russ Conway: "Roulette" [Columbia DB 4298; charts; UK #1]
Bert Weedon: "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" [Top Rank JAR 117; charts; UK #10]
Ricky Nelson: "Never Be Anyone Else But You" [London HLP 8817; charts; UK #14]
Cliff Richard and the Drifters: "Never Mind" (/ "Mean Streak") [Columbia DB 4290; charts; UK #21]
16 ABC: Oh Boy! Tony Hall,Conway Twitty, Marty Wilde, Don Lang, Lord Rockingham's XI, Cherry Wainer, The Dallas Boys, Bill Forbes, Mike Preston, Mike Jackson, Pierce Rodgers, The Vernons Girls, Red Price
  BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (host) with The John Barry Seven, Lonnie Donegan, Vince Eager, Adam Faith, The King Brothers, The Kingpins, Robert Miller & The Millermen, Sylvia Sands, The Three Barry Sisters, and Roy Young.
22 Ruby Wright: "Three Stars" [Parlophone R 4556; charts; UK #19]
Fats Domino: "Margie" [London HLP 8865; charts; UK #18]
The Everly Brothers: "Take a Message to Mary" [London HLA 8863; charts; UK #29]
23 ABC: Oh Boy! Jimmy Henney, Renee Martz, Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde, Red Price, The Dallas Boys, Cherry Wainer, Dickie Pride, Billy Fury, Bill Forbes, Lord Rockingham's XI, Terry White, The Vernons Girls
  BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (host) with The John Barry Seven, russ conway, Vince Eager, Adam Faith, The Kingpins, Robert Miller & The Millermen, Sylvia Sands, The Three Barry Sisters and Roy Young.
28 London: UK announces end of import quotas
  Cape Canaveral, Florida: US launches and recovers two monkeys
29 The Everly Brothers: "Poor Jenny" [London HLA 8863; charts; UK #14]
30 ABC: Oh Boy! Tony Hall, Jimmy Henney, Cliff Richard and The Drifters, Marty Wilde, The Dallas Boys, Cherry Wainer, Lord Rockingham's XI, Don Lang, Red Price, The Vernons Girls, Cuddly Dudley, Mike Preston, Neville Taylor and The Cutters, Peter Elliott, Billy Fury, Dickie Pride, Bill Forbes
  BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (compere) with The John Barry Seven, Vince Eager, Adam Faith, The Kingpins, Robert Miller & The Millermen, Sylvia Sands, The Three Barry Sisters, Dickie Valentine, Danny Williams, and Roy Young.
 
  Other May Artifacts
  Lansdowne Road, Holland Park, London: Lansdowne Recording Studios Open. Owned by Denis Preston and designed by Joe Meek, the studios would become a favorite for independent producers.
   
 
June JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 BBC TV: Jukebox Jury premiers and features Alma Cogan, Gary Miller, Pete Murray and Susan Stranks. The program replaces Drumbeat.
5 Marty Wilde: "A Teenager in Love" [Philips PB 926; charts; UK #2]
Ruby Murray: "Goodby Jimmy Goodbye" [Columbia DB 4305; charts; UK #10; last chart]
6 BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (compere) with The John Barry Seven, Vince Eager, Adam Faith, The Kingpins, Robert Miller & The Millermen, Sylvia Sands, The Three Barry Sisters, Marty Wilde, Danny Williams, and Roy Young.
9 Board of Trade now allows direct purchase of US LPs and musical instruments
10 UK launches third "Black Knight" missile
11 London: Hovercraft unveiled
12 Anthony Newley: "Personality" [Decca F 11142; charts; UK #13]
Craig Douglas: "A Teenager in Love" [Top Rank JAR 133; charts; UK #13]
Johnny Kidd: "Please Don't Touch" [HMV POP 615; charts; UK #25]
13 BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (compere) with Vince Eager, Adam Faith, The John Barry Seven, The Kingpins, Don Lang, Robert Miller & The Millermen, Sylvia Sands, The Three Barry Sisters, Marty Wilde, Danny Williams, and Roy Young.
19 Russ Conway: "Roulette" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
20 BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (compere) with Vince Eager, Adam Faith, The John Barry Seven, The Kingpins, Dennis Lotis, Robert Miller & The Millermen, Sylvia Sands, The Three Barry Sisters, Danny Williams, and Roy Young.
23 Manchester: Northern Royal Variety Show [Marty Wilde and Cliff Richard are the first rockers on the show]
26 Lonnie Donegan: "Battle of New Orleans" [Pye 7N 15206; charts; UK #2]
Billy Fury: "Margo" [Decca F 11128; charts; UK #28]
  Quebec: Queen Elizabeth and President Eisenhower open the St. Lawrence Seaway
27 BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (compere) with Cliff Richard & The Drifters, Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Jackie & The Raindrops, The Jeanettes, The John Barry Seven, Robert Miller & The Millermen, Sylvia Sands, Danny Williams, and Roy Young.
 
  Other June Artifacts
  Billy Fury: "Margo" [enters UK charts]
   
 
July JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
3 Bobby Darin: "Deam Lover" [UK #1 for 4 weeks]
4 BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (coompere) with Cliff Richard & The Drifters, Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Jackie and The Raindrops, The Jeanettes, The John Barry Seven, Robert Miller & The Millermen, Duffy Power, Sylvia Sands, Marty Wilde, and Danny Williams.
9 South Vietnam: 2 US soldiers killed
10 Cliff Richard and the Drifters: "Living Doll" [Columbia DB 4306; charts; UK #1]
Paul Anka: "Lonely Boy" [Columbia DB 4324; charts; UK #3]
  USSR launches and recovers 2 dogs and a rabbit
11 BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (compere) with Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Jackie & The Raindrops, The Jeanettes, The John Barry Seven, Robert Miller & The Millermen, The Poni-Tails, Sylvia Sands, and Danny Williams.
17 Tanzania: Mary Leakey discovers the fossil remains of Zinjanthropus boisei
New York: Billie Holiday dies
18 BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (compere) with Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Derry Hart, Jackie & The Teardrops, The John Barry Seven, Robert Miller & The Millermen, The Poni-Tails, Sylvia Sands, and Danny Williams.
21 Britain: Obscene Publications Act comes into effect allowing works with "literary merit"
  New York: Judicial ruling that Lady Chatterley's Lover can be shipped through the mail
24 Elvis Presley: "A Big Hunk o' Love" [RCA 1136; charts; UK #4]
Frankie Vaughan: "The Heart of a Man" [Philips PB 930; charts; UK #5]
Tony Brent: "Why Should I Be Lonely" [Columbia DB 4304; charts; UK #24; last chart]
25 Dover: Saunders-Roe Hovercraft makes first channel crossing (2 hrs)
  BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (compere) with Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Jackie and The Raindrops, The John Barry Seven, Robert Miller & The Millermen, The Poni-Tails, Sylvia Sands, and Danny Williams.
31 Cliff Richard and the Drifters: "Living Doll" [UK #1 for 6 weeks]
Buddy Holly: "Midnight Shift" [Brunswick 05800; charts; UK #26]
 
  Other July Artifacts
  The Drifters [Shadows]: "Jet Black"
The "Drifters" change their name to the "Shadows"
   
 
August JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (compere) with Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Jackie & the Raindrops, The John Barry Seven, Robert Miller & The Millermen, The Poni-Tails, Sylvia Sands, and Danny Williams.
7 Craig Douglas: "Only Sixteen" [Top Rank JAR 159; charts; UK #1]
Winifred Atwell: "Summer of the Seventeenth Doll" [Decca F 11143, charts, UK #24]
  London: Royal pregnancy announced
  Florida: launch of "Explorer Six," which will send back a picture of the Earth
8 BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (compere) with Joe Bundy, Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Jackie & the Raindrops, The John Barry Seven, Robert Miller & the Millermen, The Poni-Tails, Sylvia Sands, and Danny Williams.
14

Tommy Steele: "Tallahasse Lassie" [Decca F 11152; charts; UK #16]
Freddy Cannon: "Tallahassee Lassie" [Top Rank JAR 135; charts; UK #17]

15 BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (compere) with Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Jackie & The Raindrops, The John Barry Seven, Robert Miller & The Millermen, The Poni-Tails, Sylvia Sands, and Danny Williams.
21 Russ Conway: "China Tea" [Columbia DB 4337; charts; UK #5]
Ronnie Hilton: "The Wonder of You" [HMV POP 638; charts; UK #22]
22 Melody Maker: Gala [label] cuts price of 45 rpms to 4s starting 1 October [competitor prices at 6s; LPs recently went to 16s 9d]
  BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (compere) with Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Jackie & The Raindrops, The John Barry Seven, Robert Miller & The Millermen, The Poni-Tails, Sylvia Sands, and Danny Williams.
26 Introduction of the Morris Mini-Minor and the Austin Seven
28 Manuel and his Music of the Mountains: "Theme from Honeymoon" [Columbia DB 4323; charts; UK #22]
Tommy Steele: "Give, Give, Give" [Decca F 11152; charts; UK #28]
29 BBC. Drumbeat: Trevor Peacock (compere) with Jackie Dennis, Vince Eager, Adam Faith, Jackie & The Raindrops, The John Barry Seven, Don Lang, Robert Miller & The Millermen, The Poin-Tails, Cliff Richard, Sylvia Sands, Marty Wilde, and Danny Williams.
   
 
September JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
4 Ricky Nelson: "Sweeter than You" [London HLP 8927; charts; UK #19]
5 Introduction of Subscriber Trunk Dialing (STD) in UK
11 Craig Douglas: "Only Sixteen" [UK #1 for 4 weeks]
The Everly Brothers: "('Til) I Kissed You" [London HLA 8934; charts; UK #2]
Ricky Nelson: "Just a Little Too Much" [London HLP 8927; charts; UK #11]

Lonnie Donegan: "Sal's Got a Sugar Lip" [Pye 7N 15267; charts; UK #13]
Buddy Holly: "Peggy Sue Got Married" [Coral Q 72376; charts; UK #13]
12 USSR launches Lunik II to moon (lands 13/14 Sept)
  ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls debuts with Marty Wilde (host), Jack Good's Firing Squad, Don Storer, The Vernons Girls, and Cherry Wainer.
18 Frankie Vaughan: "Walkin' Tall" [Philips PB 931; charts; UK #28]
19 ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with Johnny Cash, Jack Good's Firing Squad, and The Vernons Girls.
25 Marty Wilde: "Sea of Love" [Philips PB 959; charts; UK #3]
26 ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with Terry Dene, Jack Good's Firing Squad, Little Tony, and The Vernons Girls.
   
 
October JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
2 Miki and Griff: "Hold Back Tomorrow" [Pye 7N 15213; charts; UK #26]
3 UK postal codes introduced
  ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with Don Lang, Jack Good's Firing Squad, Little Tony, and The Vernons Girls.
4 USSR launches Lunik III to moon, transmits pictures from dark side
8 UK general election: Conservatives maintain majority
9 Jerry Keller: "Here Comes Summer" [UK #1 for 1 week]
Cliff Richard and the Shadows: "Travellin' Light" [Columbia DB 4351; charts; UK #1]
Johnny and the Hurricanes: "Red River Rock" [London HL 8948; charts; UK #3]
Cliff Richard and the Shadows: "Dynamite" [Columbia DB 4351; charts; UK #16]
Chris Barber's Jazz Band: "Lonesome" [Columbia SCD 2166; charts; UK #27]
10 ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with Johnny Cash, Jack Good's Firing Squad, Little Tony, and The Vernons Girls.
16 Bobby Darin: "Mack the Knife" [UK #1 for 2 weeks]
Fats Domino: "I Want to Walk You Home" [London HLP 8942; charts; UK #14]
Eddie Cochrane: "Somethin' Else [London HLU 8944; charts; UK #22]
  Washington: US announces opposition to UK jet sale to Cuba
17 ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with Jack Good's Firing Squad, Little Tony, Sammy Turner, and The Vernons Girls.
23 Clinton Ford: "Old Shep" [Oriole CB 1500; charts; UK #27]
Joe "Mr. Piano" Henderson: "Treble Chance" [Pye Nixa N 15147; charts; UK #28]
  New York City: Frank Lloyd Wright's Gugenheim Museum of Art opens
24 ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with Joe Brown, Jack Good's Firing Squad, Little Tony, and The Vernons Girls.
30 Cliff Richard and the Shadows: "Travelin' Light" [UK #1 for 5 weeks]
Emile Ford and the Checkmates: "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me for" [Pye 7N 15225; charts; UK #1]
Paul Anka: "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" [Columbia DB 4355; charts; UK #7]
Mike Preston: "Mr. Blue" [Decca F 11167; charts; UK #12]
Dickie Valentine: "One More Sunrise (Morgen)" [Pye 7N 15221; charts; UK #14; last chart]
David MacBeth: "Mr. Blue" [Pye 7N 15231; charts; UK #18]
Dickie Pride: "Primrose Lane" [Columbia DB 4340; charts; UK #28]
  39 Gerrard Street, Soho, London: Ronnie Scott opens his first jazz club
31 ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with Jack Good's Firing Squad, Little Tony, Sammy Turner, and The Vernons Girls.
   
 
November JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
1 First section of the M1 Motorway opened
4 Lansdowne Studios, Holland Park: Joe Meek storms out of a recording session and his position as manager.
  New York City: The Sound of Music opens
6 Gracie Fields: "Little Donkey" [Columbia DB 4360; charts; UK #20]
7 ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with Michael Cox, Jerry Keller, Jack Good's Firing Squad, and The Vernons Girls.
10 New York City: UN passes resolution condemning South African apartheid
13 Frankie Laine: "Rawhide" [Philips PB 965; charts; UK #6]
Russ Conway: "Snow Coach" [Columbia DB 4368; charts; UK #7]
14 ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with Freddy Cannon, Michael Cox, Adam Faith, Jack Good's Firing Squad, and The Vernons Girls.
20 Adam Faith: "What Do You Want" [Parlophone R 4591; charts; UK #1]
Russ Conway: "More and More Party Pops" [Columbia DB 4373; charts; UK #5]
The Beverly Sisters: "Little Donkey" [Decca F 11172; charts; UK #14]
Anne Shelton: "Village of St. Bernadette" [Philips PB 969; charts; UK #27]
Bert Weedon: "Nashville Boogie" [Top Rank JAR 221; charts; UK #29]
  London: Expresso Bongo featuring Cliff Richard and music by Monty Norman premieres
21 ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with Freddy Cannon, Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman, Jack Good's Firing Squad, and The Vernons Girls.
27 Winifred Atwell: "Piano Party" [Decca F 11183; charts; UK #10; last chart]
28 Melody Maker: "New LPs at only 7s 11d" [US LPs now cheaper]
  ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with The Browns, Michael Cox, Jack Good's Firing Squad, and The Vernons Girls.
 
  Other November Artifacts
  Lonnie Donegan: "San Miguel"/"Talking Guitar Blues" [UK release; UK charts 4 December; UK #19]
   
 
December JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
4 Johnny Kidd and the Pirates: "Feelin'" [rec 2 Nov] /"If You Were the Only Girl in the World" [UK release]
  Adam Faith: "What Do You Want" [UK #1 for 3 weeks]
Tommy Steele: "Little White Bull" [Decca F 11177; charts; UK #6]
Lonnie Donegan: "San Miguel" [Pye 7N 15237; charts; UK #19]
  Cape Canaveral, Florida: launch and recovery of a monkey
5 Melody Maker: "Musicians See Red at Pink Zone" [plan that eliminates parking in the West End prohibits drummers and bassists from working and puts a damper on lunch jazz] (HL)
  ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with The Browns, Emile Ford, Jack Good's Firing Squad, and The Vernons Girls.
11 Marty Wilde: "Bad Boy" [Philips PB 972; charts; UK #7]
12 ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with Janet Richmond, Jack Good's Firing Squad, Little Tony, The Vernons Girls, and Gene Vincent.
18 Adam Faith: "What Do You Want" [continues as UK #1]
Emile Ford and the Checkmates: "What Do You Want to Make those Eyes at Me for" [UK #1 for 6 weeks]

Max Bygraves: "Jingle Bell Rock" [Decca F 11176; charts; UK #7]
Fats Domino: "Be My Guest" [London HLP 9005; charts; UK #11]
Alma Cogan: "We Got Love" [HMV POP 670; charts; UK #26]
19 ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with Janet Richmond, Jack Good's Firing Squad, Little Tony, The Vernons Girls, and Gene Vincent.
26 ABC TV. Boy Meets Girls: Marty Wilde (host) with Janet Richmond, Jack Good's Firing Squad, Little Tony, The Vernons Girls, and Gene Vincent.
 
  Other December Artifacts
  The Shadows: "Saturday Dance"

Other 1959 Artifacts
London: Vox introduces its AC30 amplifier late in the year
Abbey Road Studios, London: EMI purchases a Telefunken four-track stereo tape recording deck that uses 1" tape.
London: MacGibbon and Kee publish Colin MacInnes' Absolute Beginners
 
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