Portsmouth Music Scene


The Portsmouth Music Scene
1947


January 1st at South Parade Pier, Henry Hall and his Orchestra, on behalf of the Portsmouth Council of Boys Clubs.
Havant & Waterlooville Council decide to close their British restaurants where dance bands sometimes play.
Jimmy Harris and his Broadcasting band play nightly, Mon to Sat plus Wed and Sat matinees, at the Oddfellows Hall At the Savoy Ballroom, opposite the Criterion Gosport, Littlewoods staff present a dance to the Savoy Orchestra where there is dancing to this orchestra Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Hal Swain and his Swing Sisters at the Empress Ballroom North End.
At the Conservative Club Fratton Road Costabadle's Tone and Rhythm Band have music for dancing January 3rd Spence Brown and his Orchestra at the Drill Hall Tudor Crescent Cosham.
At the South Parade Pier, Dancing to two bands, Wally Fry and his Collegians, and Graham Leslie and his band.
At St Josephs’ Hall Copnor, Cyril Rice and his band play for dancing.
At St Patrick's Hall Winter Road, The Paramount Dance band play every Friday.
January 6th At the Coliseum, Panto with Babes in the Wood.
January 8th 1947 The George Evans Orchestra with "Britain's No1 Vocalist" Benny Lee for the Portsmouth NURC Benevolent Fund, at the South Parade Pier.
Wally Gresham and his dance band at the Odeon Ballroom Cosham.
Bramber Road Social and Sports club new year’s party at New Elson Scholl Gosport, with music during tea, from Miss Dorothy Aggat's accordion band.
January 9th Leonard Leslies Olde Time Band, play at Petersfield Town Hall.
At St Joseph's Hall Copnor, the Portsmouth Cymrodorion Society dance with music from Nancarrow's Band.
Ad in the Evening New;- 'Jax Variety' offering entertainers from Arthur Jack, Queens Head Meadow, Sheet, Petersfield tele 798.
January 10th At the Cosham Civic Centre Hall, Bill Cole and his Clubmen play for R K Dundas Social and Welfare Club.
The Electricity Club Dovercourt Road Cosham, dancing every Friday to the Melody Makers Dance band.
January 11th Saturday, The International Staff band of the Salvation Army play at the Wesley Central hall in Fratton Road.
January 17th Tony and his Ballroom Orchestra play at Petersfield Town Hall.
January 18th Saturday, Ad in the Evening News;- Bill Cole and his Clubmen are back in Portsmouth and open for engagements, 22 Tredegar Road Southsea.
Nancarrow's band play at Cosham Civic Centre for the PUA !
January 21 Leonard Leslie's Dance band play at HMS Mercury Petersfield PO's Mess dance.
January 22 HMS Vernon dance to the Commander's Dance band.
January 25th Saturday, At Kimbells, Victor Sylvester presents the BBC dancing Club Championships.
At the Royal Marines Theatre Eastney, Mr. Stan Lewis' 'Odds and Ends' Concert Party made the 15th visit, and their 1,700 performance since their formation in 1940.
January 29th At the Garrison church hall, Hilsea, the Legionaires band play for dancing.
The Portsmouth Aviation Sports Association have a party for 200 children at St Joseph's hall Copnor, with music from Cyril Rice's Band and Madame Cannaways Troup.
January 31st Nancarrow's Band play at the Co-operative Hall Fratton Road.
February 3rd Nancarrow's Band at the co-operative Hall Fratton Road.
February 4th Ad in the Evening News;- Guitarist requires engagements, good reader, P J Durand 6 Gatcombe Ave Portsmouth.
February 5th Oscar Rabin and his Band at South Parade Pier.
At St Mary's Church Portsmouth, the Southsea Orchestral Society present the Fareham Ladies Choir and a concert of light classical music.
February 6th Tony and his Ballroom Orchestra play at Petersfield Town Hall.
Dancing every Wednesday and Saturday to Stan Matthews and his Band at Wellington Hall, Portsmouth.
Save the children fund Ball at Kimbells Cafe Southsea, with the Kimbells Orchestra.
February 11th At the Wesley Central Hall Fratton Road the Portsmouth area finals of the Carroll Levis Search for Stars.
February 14th At Victoria Ballroom Hayling Island, music from Frank Stocker's Dance Orchestra.
February 17th Desert Song at the Kings Theatre, 'again'.
"Go as you please" competition at the Embassy Ballroom if you can dance sing whistle or cook.
Black and White Concert Party at Cosham Civic Centre.
February 19th Harry Davidson and his Broadcasting Orchestra play at South Parade Pier.
February 21st Kimbells Corner House in Commercial Road has re-opened after extensive re-decoration and is available to book functions.
PUA Dance at Cosham Civic Centre with Nancarrow's Dance Orchestra.
February 22nd Saturday, At the Wesley Central Hall, Cyril Rice's Band, an Accordion Showband and 19 other artistes entertain.
February 24th Richmal Crompton's 'Just William' at the Kings Theatre.
Cavan O'Connor at the Coliseum.
February 26th At Sloan Stanley Hall Gosport, the Peter Howard Band, with Al Laming, play for dancing.
February 28th Kingston Ballroom(Oddfellows) re-opens with Jimmy Harris and his Broadcasting Band and vocalist Terry Devon and Portsmouth's own vocalist late of the Coconut Grove, Pat O'Regan.
February 29th At the Victoria Hall Hayling Island, dancing to the Wally Battell Orchestra At the Electricity Club, Dovercourt Road music every Saturday from Ken Alexandra and his Band.
March 3rd Elsie and Doris Waters at the Coliseum.
Ad in the Evening News;- Book the Shute Trio for your annual Dinner, dance orchestra also available, enquiries 108 Oriel Road North End.
March 5th Portsmouth City Police Ball at the South Parade pier with Ted Heath and his Music
March 6th At Petersfield Town Hall, music from Tony and his Orchestra.
March 10th At the Co-operative hall Fratton, music from Nancarrows band.
March 12th The Portsmouth Trades Council Annual ball at South Parade Pier, with, Jimmie Harris and his Broadcasting Orchestra, Wally Fry and his Collegians, Brian and Golden Melody Band, David Channon and his Orchestra, tickets 5/-d.
At St Faith's Hall Havant, dancing to The Aeolians.
March 14th At the Victory Hall Fratton Road, Nancarrow's No 1 Dance Orchestra play for the United Society of Boilermakers Portsmouth No2.
In the Evening News, Benny Davis's Band advertise for work.
A Hants Constabulary Benevolent Fund Ball at Wadham's Canteen Hall Waterloovile with music from the Royal Marines Dance Orchestra.
March 15th Saturday, at the Central Hall Fratton a Beethoven programme with a full Symphony Orchestra and singers.
At the Conservative hall Fratton Road, dancing to C. Cross and his All Star Swingtime Band.
Mercury Sports and Social Club present Phil Tate and his Orchestra at Grange Concert Hanger.
In the Evening News, The commanders dance band advertise for work.
March 16th Musicians Union meeting at the Tramways Hall.
March 17th St Patrick's Day ball at Victoria Hall Hayling Island with Bill Cole and his Clubmen.
At St Faith's Hall Havant, Battells Band play for dancing.
At the Kings Theatre, Ronald Shiner stars in Worm's Eye View.
March 18th Roy Allan and his band advertise in the Evening News for work.
March 19th Portsmouth Drapers association Charity dance at South Parade Pier Southsea with Nancarrow's Augmented String Orchestra.

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The Albert Sandler Trio.

March 22nd Saturday, At the Conservative Hall Fratton Road, C. Cross and his All Star Swingtime Band play for dancing.
March 24th Clarkson Rose at the Coliseum.
March 26th Victor Silvester and his Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier.
March 30th At the Kings Theatre, The Southern Philharmonic Orchestra with Maurice Cole, pianoforte.
April 1st Jimmy Harris and his band at the Oddfellows Hall on a BBC broadcast.
April 3rd At the Kingston Ballroom, Dick James, late of Geraldos Orchestra plus Jimmy Harris and his Broadcasting Band.
April 4th At the Coliseum, The Portsmouth Choral Union present "Messiah" with full chorus and orchestra.
April 5th Saturday, At the South Parade Pier, Joe Loss and his Orchestra.
April 7th At the South Parade Pier, Roy Fox and his Band.
April 10th At the Embassy, Harry Roy's Tiger Ragamuffins plus cabaret by the Pompeydours!
April 13th Eric Winstone and his Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
April 14th At Cosham Civic Centre, an Ordnance Dance with Betty Hammond's Orchestra.
April 16th At the Kingston Ballroom, vocalist Sally Douglas, late of Geraldo and his Orchestra, appears with Jimmy Harris and his Broadcasting Band.
April 18th At the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville, Leonard Leslie's Band play for dancing.
April 19th Saturday, At the Concert Hanger, Fort Grange, Phil Tate and his Orchestra, plus grand ankle contest.
Youth Club Concert at the Ascension Hall Chichester Road with music from Vic Troise and his Music.
April 20th Lou Preager and his Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier.
April 21st At the Empress, the Royal Minuet is played, especially written for Princess Elizabeth's 21st birthday, and demonstrated.
April 25th Graham Leslie's Band at the Hilsea Lido for J Evens Social Club.
April 27th Primo Scala and his Accordion band at the South Parade Pier.
April 28th The Metropolitan Ballet perform at the Kings Theatre.
Sandy Powell at the Coliseum.
Jack Lennox and the Boys, are to play every Monday at the Embassy Ballroom.
May 1st 400 competitors in a very successful Fareham Music and Drama Festival.
May 2nd The Embassy hold a 'Lady in red' competition.
At the Victory Hall Fratton Road, Nancarrow's Band play music for the Boilermaker's Dance.
May 3rd Saturday, Lee Tower opens with Phil Tate and his Orchestra in Residence.
Ad in the Evening News;- Billy Norman (late of RAF Dance Orchestra) presents his Hawaiian Trio, the dance combination that is different, featuring the electric guitar. 4 and 5 piece available, Woodland Lane ,Hayling Island.
My 4th Oscar Rabin at the South Parade Pier.
May 5th At Kimbells Osborne Road 10 bands play at Portsmouth Musicians Union Grand Dance Band parade.
Max Miller at the Coliseum.
May 8th Max Miller re-opens Phillips the Furnishers in Commercial Road.
May 9th At All Saints Hall, the Northern Variety Orchestra director Irvin Millen give a concert.
May 10th Saturday, The Albert Sandler Trio appear at the Central Hall Fratton Road for the Portsmouth Glee Club.
May 11th At the Coliseum, the Portsmouth Choral Union Grand orchestral and choral concert, full chorus and orchestra with Isobel Baillie and Nellie Fulcher violin, conductor Bertram Bradshaw.
At the South Parade Pier, Charles Shadwell and his Orchestra.
At the Coliseum, Al Podesta and his Accordion Band.
May 12th At the Kings Theatre, Sadlers Wells Opera.
Block ad in the Evening News, Jimmy Harris is now taking pupils for pianoforte theory, Riverton, 7 Cavendish Road Southsea.
May 14th Cinema Ball at Kimbells Osborne Road arranged by cinema managers.
May 15th At Petersfield Town Hall, Leonard Leslie's Olde Time Dance Orchestra play in aid of the flood fund.
The Co-operative Dairy Dept present an Olde time dance at the Co-operative Hall, Fratton Road with Arthur Steele and his Band.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Nine Piece Collegians, play each night.
May 16th final appearance of the Tiger Ragamuffins at the Embassy.
At the Angerstein Hall, Last night of the Pompeydours Concert Party, Bonny Gordon and Nesta to an audience of nearly 400 people, for the Bishop of Portsmouth's appeal.
May 17th Saturday, At the Embassy Harry Roy presents his New Swing Sextette, The Red Rockets, plus The Tiger Ragamuffins.
Carl Barriteau and his Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
Harry Roy and his Tiger Ragamuffins appear at the Troxy Cinema, plus usual programme.
At the Civic Centre Cosham, Betty Hammond and her Orchestra play for dancing.
Ad in the Evening News;-Douglas Gower saxophonist now available for work, 55 Tennyson Road 74988.

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Harry Roy.

May 18th at the Embassy Harry Roy presents his new swing sensation, the Red Rockets.
May 23rd At the Victory Hall Fratton Road, the DeReske Band play for the Old Contempibles Wives Old Time dance.
May 24th Saturday, At Cosham Civic Centre, Peter Cochrane and his Band play for a Grand Empire Day Ball for Cosham Conservative Association.
May 25th Skyrockets Dance Orchestra appear at the South Parade Pier.
May 26th At the Northern Grammar School Mayfield Road, a Municipal concert with the Halle Orchestra conducted by Barbirolli.
Betty Hammond and her Orchestra play at the Electricity Club Dovercourt Road.
May 28th At St Mary's Institute, The Savoy Rythmics, late of the Savoy Cafe, play for dancing.
May 30th The De Reske Band play at the Co-operative Hall Fratton Road for the OCA Social Club.
May 31st Saturday, At St Mary's Institute, The Savoy Rythmics, late of the Savoy Cafe, play for dancing.
June 1st Leslie Douglas and his Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
The Royal Marine Band play on the Bandstand at Southsea Common.
June 2nd At the Kings Theatre, Pygmalion stars Alec Clunes, Mervyn John and Brenda Bruce.
June 4th Block ad i the Evening News;- Sound Entertainments, (L C Isted and I F Jarnet)Sole booking agents for The Blue Comets Dance Orchestra, Quiver the eccentric dances and many well-known local artistes plus mobile sound units for fetes.
Ad in the Evening News;- The Commanders Dance band, string trio for dinner, own transport and amplification 124 Tangier Road Portsmouth 5290.
June 7th Saturday, Leonard Leslie's Band appear at the Cosham Civic Centre.
June 8th Ted Heath and his Band appear at the South Parade Pier.
The Bluejackets Band play at the Southsea Common bandstand.
June 9th Charlie Kunz at the Kings Theatre.
June 13th Bill Cole's Quartet at the Victory Hall Fratton Road.
June 16th At the Coliseum, Naughty Girls of 1947.
June 15th Blue Rockets dance Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
June 19th Ad in the Evening News;- Trumpet and drums require for pit orchestra South Parade Pier, a 6gns per week.
June 22nd At the 500 seat bandstand enclosure Southsea Common, the National Fire Service At the South Parade Pier Teddy Foster and his All Star Orchestra. Band of 30 instrumentalist, Bandmaster Coy Officer E E Johnson.
June 24th The Pompeydours Concert Party gave 22 shows travelled 614 miles and collected 582 for the Bishop of Portsmouth's appeal.
June 27th Leonard Leslie at Cosham Civic Centre. Bill Cole's Quartet at the Victory Hall Fratton Road.
June 28th Saturday, Ad in the Evening News;- Engage the Legionnaires for your dance, 21 Talbot Road Southsea.
June 29th Felix Mendelsshon and his Hawaiian Serenaders at South Parade Pier.
June 30th At the Kings Theatre, Cyril Fletcher and Betty Astell in "Thanking Yew"
Savoy Rhythmics play at Cosham Civic Centre. The Tom Katz saxophone six at the Coliseum.
July 1st At the Embassy Harry Roy's Red Rockets feature well known pianists Jack Lennox and Arthur Stafford and trumpeter Jack Guard. The ballroom manager is F Clark.
Ad in the Evening News;- Bassist pro requires work, Costin 89 Strode Road Stamshaw.
The Stuart String Players play for the Music Club at Southsea.
July 4th A Flannel Dance at the Sloan Stanley Hall Gosport with the Peter Howard Band and Al Laming.
July 5th Saturday, Grand Celebrity Concert at the Wesley Central Hall.
July 6th Nat Gonella and his Georgians at South Parade Pier.
At the Bandstand Enclosure Southsea Common on the new open air dance floor, Cyril Rice and his Accordion Band play.
July 7th At the Bandstand Enclosure Southsea Common on the new open air dance floor, John Wilkins and his Roller Rhythmics play for 'skating'
The 'Showtime' season begins again at the South Parade Pier.
Doyle Carte Opera Company at the Kings Theatre with assorted Gilbert and Sullivan operas.
July 8th Savoy Rhythmics play at Cosham Civic Centre.
July 9th Ad in the Evening News;- Eddie Nash and his Commanders Dance band 5 to 8 piece available 124 Tangier Road Portsmouth tele 5290
July 13th Ivy Benson and her all Girl Band at South Parade Pier.
July 21st Ralph Reader presents 'Wings' the story of the RAF at the Kings Theatre.
July 23rd Season Tickets for the new Pompey FC season £5.10s.0d to cover 21 league games.
July 27th At the South Parade Pier, Leslie Douglas and his Orchestra with Pearl Carr, Sammy Herman and the Skymasters.
August 1st The Savoy Ballroom re-opens with Nat Gonella and his Georgians with Hal Vincent plus Tito Burns and his Accordion Club with Ray Ellington and Terry Ann Foster.
August 3rd Primo Scarla and his Accordion band at South Parade Pier.
August 4th Laurel and Hardy at the Kings Theatre.
August 10th Felix Mendelssohn and his Hawaiian Serenaders at the South Parade Pier.
August 11th The Coliseum stage a musical play, Me and my girl, their first one in 50 years.
August 12th The Savoy Rhythmics playing Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at Cosham Civic Centre.
August 16th Saturday, Ad in the Evening News;-The Carteret Dance Orchestra for the latest in swing, 90 Ebury Grove Copnor.
August 17th Ted Heath and his Music at South Parade Pier.
August 22nd Grand Bathing Beauty Contest at the Savoy, £10 in prize money, the famous Jimmy Handley is a judge!.
August 24th Blue Rockets Dance Orchestra directed by Benny Daniels at the South Parade Pier.
August 29th Ad in the Evening News;- The Mirthquakes variety Company, in Variety Unlimited available for dinners, cabaret etc. 37 Kenyon Road top flat.
August 30th Saturday, Grand farewell night at the Savoy Ballroom to Nat Gonella and Tito Burns.
August 31st Sky Rockets Dance Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
September 1st At the Savoy Ballroom Tommy Sampson and his 18 piece Orchestra now in residency.
September 2nd The variety show at the Coliseum includes Portsmouth girl Paula Crook making a successful first appearance.
September 5th At the Savoy Restaurant and Cafe the Arthur Read Quintet play afternoons and evenings.
September 7th The season of Municipal concerts restart at the Kings Theatre with The Southern Philharmonic Orchestra and Louis Kentner at the pianoforte.
Carl Barriteau and his Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
September 8th At the Coliseum, Soldiers in skirts, an all ex-service men’s cast.
September 9th At the Embassy Ballroom, Southsea's Palais de Danse, music by Jack Lennox and the Boys!
September 11th Locals Charles Ellis and Maureen Canavan were one of four couples selected at Kimbells Osborne Road, for future competitions.
September 13th Saturday, Former Portsmouth Actress Daisy Dormer and music hall star of 30 years ago, dies at her home in Clapham. Born in Hampston Street, she was the daughter of Mrs M A O'Connor of Stansted Road Southsea, who died recently.
September 14th At the South Parade Pier George (Herr)Crow and his Blue Mariners Dance Orchestra.
September 19th Leonard Leslie's Band at Cowplain Social Club.
The Emperess Ballroom available for private hire form October 1st, apply to the Co-op 110 Fratton Road.
September 20th Saturday, Eddie Edwards and his Music with Carl Lloyd, Dannie Craigie, Don Campbell, Bob Colborn, Georgie Harrison, Al Toke, Jack Randall, Terrie De Costa Jack Tate, etc.
September 21st Sid Millward and Wally Stewart and their Original Orchestra, at the South Parade Pier.
The Arthur Read Quintette play afternoons and evenings at the Savoy Ballroom on Sundays.
September 23rd Ad in the Evening News;- The Savoy Rhythmics have vacant dates, apply to 128 Bath Road.
Ad in the Evening News;- Punch and Judy and sideshows offered by Billy Norman Woodlands Lane Hayling Island tele 77329.
September 27th Saturday, Bill Cole and his Clubmen appear at the Rex Super Ballroom Bognor Regis.
The Empress Ballroom re-opens with two bands, Eddie Nash and his Commanders plus the newly Augmented Empress Ballroom Orchestra with Portsmouth's own vocalist Jean Goulden.
Eddie Nash and his Commanders Band at the Angerstein Hall.
Ad in the Evening News;- Violin, Cello and piano trio available, Leonard Wilson 137 Laburnum Grove.
September 28th Oscar Rabin and his Band at South Parade Pier.
September 30th Bill Cole and his Clubmen are in the South Britain Area Finals at Hammersmith Palais.
Coach trip arranged by Alex J Poore 23 Tredegar Road Southsea. They are the first Portsmouth band eligible to appear in the all-Britain finals at Belle Vue Manchester on October 19th.
October 1st Portsmouth born Pat O'Regan Britain’s No1 Vocalist from the Dorchester and the BBC, will appear at the Empress on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Ad in the Evening News;- Fred Pervin and his London 16 piece Recording Dance Band available, apply 109 Twyford Ave Portsmouth.
October 4th Saturday, Bill Cole and his Clubmen, winners of the Melody Maker 1947 South Coast Championship, play at the South Parade Pier.
Ad in the Evening News;- The Skyliners, swing as you like it, 90 Ebery Grove.
October 6th Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warris appear at the Kings Theatre.
October 8th Dancing at the Embassy to 'Harry's Boys resident Band'
October 11th Saturday, At the Empress Ballroom, Evelyn Hardy, celebrated trumpeter, and her Ladies' Radio Band appear all week.
October 13th Ad in the Evening News;- Johnny Lyne and his Music now available, 273 Arundel Street.
October 15th At the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road, Cyril Rice and his National Savings Accordion Band appear.
Beaumonts of Commercial Road were offering men's two piece suits for £3.5s.6d.
October 16th The Sunday Palais Club at the Embassy has re-opened.
October 17th The Peter Howard band play at Lee Tower.
October 18th Saturday, Eddie Nash and his Commanders play every Tuesday at St Patricks Hall Winter Road.
October 22nd At the South Parade Pier Ronnie Munro and his Dance Orchestra.
November 1st Saturday, Ad in the Evening News;- Trumpeter requires gigs, Billy May, 43 St Pauls Square, tele 74103.
November 7th Joe Loss and his Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
November 8th Saturday, At the Hilsea Lido, Alf Hallman and his band play for dancing.
November 10th at the Savoy Ballroom, Harry Parry and his Sextet with Jean Bradbury, plus Allan Young and his Organtones every evening.
November 15th PUA dance at Cosham Civic Centre with a programme of old favourites from Nancarrow's Dance Orchestra.
The De Reske Band play for the Portsmouth North Labour Party Old Time Dance at the Angerstein Hall. Peter Howard and his band play at the Gosport Trade Union Club, Lees Lane.
November 16th David Channon and his correct dance tempo Orchestra plan at the Embassy ballroom.
November 17th Local boy, Little Bobby Collins sings at the Coliseum and met with a very favourable reception.
November 18th Billy Bennetts Band at Lee Tower plays for dancing and a 'crooning' competition.
November 19th Former catering manager of the Savoy Restaurant, Stanley Hubert Palmer is remanded on bail charged with embezzlement.
Ad in the Evening News;- David Channon and his Strict Tempo String Orchestra advertise for work from 30, Parkstone Ave, Southsea.
November 21st At the Victory Hall Fratton Road, music from the Vic Triose Orchestra.
November 26th Fareham and Dist Air Training Corps dance at Trinity Church Hall West Street Fareham with dancing to Billie Ivills Band.
November 29th Saturday, At the Angerstein hall, a "Daily Worker" novelty dance with Johnny Lyne and his All Star band, 'straight from the Troxy Cinema'
Peter Howard and his Band at the Gosport Trades union Club, Lees Lane.
Eddie Nash and his Commanders at Cosham Civic Centre for a REME Association dance.
December 4th Co-operative Hall Fratton has Nancarrow's Band playing for dancing.
The Premier Cafe at Great Southsea Street and Clarendon Road, were previously the British Restaurants. At the Savoy, Harry Parry and his Sextet with Jean Bradbury plus Allan Young and his Organtones. also a British Amateur dance teams competition between Savoy Portsmouth and Regent Brighton. Portsmouth have won 6 of the last 7 matches.
December 5th Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier with Alf Hallman's Band on Friday and with Bill Cole's Clubmen on Saturday.
PUA dance at Cosham Civic Centre with Nancarrow's Band.
At St Peters Institute Somers Road, dancing to Billy Bennetts Band.

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December 8th At the Savoy Allan Young and his famous Organtones, plus Alan Green and his Savoy Band. Donald Peers at the Kings Theatre.
Block ad in the Evening News;- Roy Allan, Melody House 35 Stoke Road Gosport music and toys shop.
December 11th Dance band Cavalcade at the Empress Ballroom for the Musicians Union Benevolent fund.
December 12th At the Savoy, the New Orleans band play on the same night as Wally Fry and his Collegians.
Ad in the Evening News;- Raymond Franks and his Music for weddings. tele 31322.
At the Victory Hall Fratton Road, Vic Troise and his Music for dancing.
The Southsea Revellers Concert Party perform in concert in the dockyard.
December 15th At the Cosham Civic Centre, the 'Silver Lining Discoveries' competition was won by Miss Mavis Neate(soprano) of Gosport.
December 17th Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier for a Federation of Master Builders Grand Ball.
December 19th Dancing to Johnny Lyne and his sensational new Dance band at the Embassy Ballroom, also on the 20th.
At Cosham Masonic Hall, Harry Masters and his Band play for dancing for the Waterlooville Motor Cycle Club.
At the Embassy over the Christmas holiday Johnny Lyne and his band plus Valerio and his accordions.
December 22nd At the Coliseum, Babes in the Wood pantomime.
December 23rd At Cosham Civic Centre, Harry Sutton's Band.
December 26th Aladdin at the Kings Theatre for the next six weeks.
December 27th Saturday, At the Hilsea Lido, Jack Jones and his Krakajax dance Orchestra play for dancing.
December 31st At The Embassy Ballroom, Billy Forrest and his Radio Band.
At the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians plus the New Orleans Band for a carnival dance.
Catholic Dance at St Faith's Hall Havant dancing to Reg Whichello's Orchestra.
At the Empress Ballroom, Billy Norman and his electric guitar.

Thoughts on the year.
Many national named Bands visit Portsmouth, and concert parties still entertain the masses. The Halle Orchestra conducted by Barbirolli appear at the Northern Grammar School Mayfield Road.

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