Portsmouth Music Scene


The Portsmouth Music Scene
1949



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The latest music from Weston Hart

January 3rd At the Coliseum, Cinderella, and at the Theatre Royal singer Anne Shelton, and at the Kings Theatre, Mother Goose.
Dancing to Billy Norman and his Hawaiian Orchestra at the Embassy Ballroom, for one night only.
January 4th Cyril Rice and his Accordion Band play at the Landport Liberal Club in Lake Road.
January 5th The Hampshire Old Time Orchestra join Jan Ralfini and his Orchestra at the South Parade Pier to play for the Ex-Service associations Old Time Ball.
The Portsmouth 'New Hot Club' for jazz meets to hear jazz records.
January 8th Saturday, At the Odeon Ballroom Cosham, dancing to Eddie Gilliford's Novelty Quartet.
January 10th At the Coliseum Aladdin.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Embassy Ballroom.
January 12th Dancing to Geraldo and his Ballroom Orchestra plus Jan Ralfini and his 18 piece Orchestra at the South Parade Pier for the National Union of Retail Confectioners Annual Ball. Manager at the Pier, Mr D Evans.
January 13th Manager at the Theatre Royal, Mr C H Paice.
January 14th Oscar Rabin and his Band at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 15th Saturday, Eddie Gilliford's Novelty Quartet play at the Odeon Ballroom Cosham.
January 17th At the Coliseum Babes in the Wood.
Billy Cotton and his Band appear at the Theatre Royal all week.
Colin Courtney and Sylvia Bennett of Madame Courtney's School of Accordion Playing of 94 Somers Road, are in Puss in Boots on the Isle of Wight.
January 19th Leonard Leslie's Orchestra join Jan Ralfini’s Orchestra at the South Parade Pier for the Portsmouth British Railways Social Committee's Annual Dance.
Havant British Legion Silver Band celebrate their 25th anniversary with a social attended by more than 100 members and their families.
January 21st At the South Parade pier, The Four Aces appear.
At the Savoy Ballroom, Cyril Stapleton and his Music, featuring Pearl Carr, Dick James and the Staplejacks, play for dancing. At the Odeon Ballroom Cosham, Dancing to Eddie Gilliford's Novelty Quartet.
January 22nd Saturday, The De Reske Orchestra play at the Oddfellows Hall.
At the Haslar Drill Hall, Jack Arnold and his Band play for dancing.
January 26th Norma Picard, formerly with Harry Roy, sings with Benny Freedman's Band at the Embassy Ballroom.
150 pensioners are entertained by the Salvation Army Accordion Band at the Southsea Citadel.
January 27th Teddy Willcox and his Band now playing every Thursday at the Gosport Trades Club in lees Lane.
January 28th Teddy Foster and his Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
February 1st At the Savoy Ballroom dancing nightly to the new resident band Dennis Hale and his 14 Piece Orchestra.
Johnny Lyne and his Band playing from each Monday to Thursday at the Court Royal Hotel Southampton.
February 2nd Saxophonist Cyril Brown join the Tommy Joyce Band at the Empress.
February 4th Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight, with Betty Taylor and Geoff Love, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 5th Saturday, Howard Lucraft and his Music appear at Petersfield Town Hall.
The Music Club meet at the Central Public Library for their 7th anniversary meeting.
February 7th Jessie Mathews and Patricia Burke appear in 'Sweethearts and Wives' at the Kings Theatre.
At the Theatre Royal, Peter Brough and Archie Andrews plus the Western Brothers.
Jimmy Harris becomes Musical Director at Kimbells Osborne Road and his Dance Orchestra will play at evening functions. His trio with Jimmy Harris at the piano will play for morning coffees and afternoon teas.
February 11th The Squadronaires Dance Orchestra appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 14th At the Kings Theatre, Fred Emney in 'The Chocolate Soldier'.
At the Theatre Royal, there is a performance from 'Hutch' with Leslie Sarony and Max Wall.
February 18th Geraldo and his Full Broadcasting Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 21st Vera Lynn appears at the Theatre Royal.
February 23rd Felix Mendelsshon and his Hawaiian Serenaders play for dancing on South Parade Pier, together with Jan Ralfini and his Orchestra and Len Ashdown and his Music.
At Kimbells Osborne Road, the Portsdown Archery Club have Jimmy Harris and his Orchestra to play for dancing.
February 24th The Portsmouth Music Club give a recital at St Phillips Church Cosham, singers were, Joy Lineham, Frank Morley and Thomas Smooker(violin).
February 25th At St Saviours Hall Stamshaw, the Teddy Hanks Four Dance Band play for dancing for the Portsmouth British Legion Northern Branch.
February 26th Saturday, At the Savoy Ballroom for two nights, Vic Lewis and his Full Broadcasting Orchestra.
Billy Bennett’s Band play at the Temple Youth Club in Victoria Road South. Portsmouth.
February 28th At the Oddfellows, 'Jive Nite' with Fred Lansdale's Hit Band of the Season.
March 4th Billy Bennett's band play for the Portsmouth West Conservatives at their hall in Fratton Road.
At the Savoy Ballroom for two nights, Nat Gonella and his Collegians with Helen Mack play for dancing.
March 5th Saturday, Jan Ralfini's farewell night on South Parade Pier.
March 7th At the Theatre Royal, star of 'Hi gang' Vic Oliver.
March 9th Jive dancing contest on South Parade Pier.
The New Collegians conducted by Wally Fry are at the South Parade Pier.
BBC Workers Playtime is recorded in a Builder's hut in Paulsgrove for future broadcast, and starred Beryl Reid.
March 11th Ted Heath and his Music with Paul Carpenter appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 12th Saturday, Mick Mitchell and his Band return to the Savoy ballroom with guests Jack Simpson and his All British Tunes.
Jimmy Harris and his Band play at Kimbells Osborne Road.
The De Reske Orchestra play at the Oddfellows Hall.
March 17th Portsmouth's own juvenile star Bobby Collins, direct from an Irish tour, appears at the Savoy Ballroom and judges a crooning contest. The Teddy Hanks Dance Band play at the Oddfellows on St Patrick's day.
March 18th Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 19th Saturday, At the Central Hall Fratton Road, the Portsmouth Choral and Orchestral Society perform Beethoven's 5th Symphpny.
The St Cecelia Singers and Reg Wassell give a recital entitled 'Shakespear and the song' to the Portsmouth Music club.
March 21st Cheerful Charlie Chester, with Arthur Haynes, appear at the Theatre Royal.
The Black and White Concert Party who have given over 300 shows to local hospitals and institutions, have decided to disband.
March 23rd All this week at the Savoy Ballroom, local discovery vocalist Lyn Phillips.
March 25th At the Savoy Ballroom, the Ray Ellington Quartet play for two nights.
March 28th Elsie and Doris Waters appear at the Theatre Royal.
April 1st Ronnie Munroe and his Dance Orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom supported by the Freddy Syer 'Bebop' Group.
Alf Hallman and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
April 4th At the Theatre Royal, Cyril Fletcher and Reg Varney appear.
April 5th Dancing to Terry Nash and his Commanders at the Transport Club Stubbington Avenue.
April 6th Sydney Thompson and his full Broadcasting Orchestra play at Petersfield Town Hall.
Harry Parry and his Sextet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 8th Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry at South Parade Pier for two nights.
April 9th Saturday, Bill Cole and his Clubmen play at the Ace of Clubs, Gosport.
April 10th The Squadronaires play at the South Parade Pier.
April 11th Big Bill Campbell and his Rocky Mountain Rhythm appear at the Theatre Royal.
The Portsmouth Guitar Club starts meetings at the Air Balloon in Commercial Road.
Operetta 'The Lilac Domino' at the Kings Theatre.
April 13th Kimbells Clifton Rooms are closed for 10 weeks but there will be dancing in the restaurant to Jimmy Harris and his Orchestra.
At the Oddfellows Hall, the De Reske Orchestra play for dancing.
April 14th At the Oddfellows Hall, the Teddy Hanks Four play for dancing.
April 15th Good Friday At the South Parade Pier, The George Mitchell Choir and Jan Ralfini and his 18 piece Orchestra with Kenneth Stroud at the Hammond Organ appear.
Tonight and all weekend, Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra with Barbara Spry play for dancing at the Court Royal Hotel Southampton.
April 17th The Squadronaires play at the South Parade Pier.
April 18th Phyllis Dixey appears in 'Peek-a-boo' at the Coliseum Theatre.
It's Chico Marx, the famous Hollywood piano playing comedian, in person, at the Theatre Royal.
At the Kings Theatre, Margaret Lockwood in Private Lives.
The Portsmouth Players perform Jerome Kern's 'Sunny' in the South Parade Pier Theatre.
April 20th Ronnie Hancox and his band appear at the Embassy Ballroom.
April 22nd Tito Burns and his Music with Terry Devon, play at the Savoy ballroom.
April 23rd Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Pompey win the Division 1 Championship.
April 24th Paul Fenoulhet and his Orchestra, with vocalist Dick James, play at the South Parade Pier.
April 25th At the Theatre Royal, Hollywood's famous singing star Allan Jones appears.
The first anniversary of the 'Hot' Club was celebrated when Mr. P Warner gave a recital on records of New Orleans music. The was also a 'History of Jazz' illustrated my F Hurlock cornet, P Collins clarinet, M Warner & D Barker trombones, E Piggott guitar, J Inglish bass, J Thomas & C Hansell drums.
April 27th Vosper's apprentices Grand Spring Dance at Hilsea Lido with the Rhythm Comets playing for dancing.
April 29th Ace trumpeter Freddie Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Ad in the Evening News;- Portsmouth newest six piece Roy Styles and his Band, available for engagements, 28 Manor Road Kingston.
May 2nd At St Michael Church Hall Paulsgrove, dancing to Teddy Hanks Four with 'electric guitar'.
May 4th Bill Cole and his Clubmen, winners of the Southern Britain dance band Championship 1948/49, play at the Empress Ballroom along with Tommy Joyce and his Orchestra.
The Portsmouth Bach Society present the Orchestra of the Royal marines at the Central Hall Fratton Road. Conducted by Mj. F Vivian Dunn they performed works by Beethoven, Bach, Elgar and Schubert.
May 6th At the Savoy Ballroom, Nat Temple and his full Broadcasting Band play for dancing.
May 7th Saturday, Saturday Johnny Lyne and his Music join Mick Mitchell at the Savoy Ballroom.
The De Reske Orchestra play at the Oddfellows Hall.
The Royal Marine Dance Band play at St Mary's Institute for the St Wilfred's Boys Club Cowplain Grand Dance..
May 8th Ted Heath and his Music, featuring Paul Carpenter, play at the South Parade Pier.
May 9th At the Coliseum, 'The Nude Look'
At the Theatre Royal, Jimmy Edwards and Fedddie Frinton in 'Sky High'.
May 11th Bill Cole and his Clubmen play at the Empress North End.
May 12th Teddy Hanks Four Dance Band play at the Oddfellows hall.
May 13th Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 14th Saturday, Jack Byfield and his BBC Players, perform for the Portsmouth Glee Club at the Central Hall Fratton Road.
May 15th George (Herr) Crow and his Blue Mariners Dance Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier.
May 16th At the Theatre Royal, Billy Cotton and his Band plus Two Ton Tessie O'Shea. "Tessie made the theatre 'Rock'"
May 18th Bill Cole and his Clubmen pay at the Empress Ballroom with Tommy Joyce and his Orchestra.
May 20th Tommy Sampson and his New Radio Orchestra with Terry Walsh, Pete Titterson and the 'Sampsons' and the Danny Moss 'Bop Group', play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Fareham Music Festival begins.
May 21st Saturday, Isobel Ballie sings with full chorus and orchestra, a program of Handel and Purcell, for the Portsmouth Choral Union at the Portsmouth Northern Grammar School.
May 22nd The Squadronaires play at the South Parade Pier.
May 23rd At the Theatre Royal, Joseph Lock and Terry Thomas entertain.
The Teddy Hanks Four play at St Michael's Church Hall Paulsgrove.
Benny Freedman and his Orchestra play the final week at the Embassy Ballroom.
May 25th The Portsmouth Choral and Orchestral Society perform Bach's Mass in B minor at the Portsmouth Cathedral.
May 27th The Jack Simpson Sextet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Billy Bennett's Band play at the Drill Hall, Hampshire Terrace for the Territorial Army dance.
May 29th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier.
May 30th The Portsmouth Schools Music Festival begins.
Ronnie Hancox and his Orchestra return for the summer season to the Embassy Ballroom.
Mr. P Howard, Chairman of the Gosport and Fareham Jazz Club gives a recital at the Portsmouth New 'Hot' Club meeting.
June 1st Portsmouth's own 13 year old Bobby Collins will be on stage at the South Pier Blackpool for 13 weeks this summer season.
June 3rd Robin Richmond and his Organ Grinders Swing play at the Savoy Ballroom.
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June 4th Saturday, Mick Mitchells Orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom is supported by Dick Wichello and his Music.
June 5th Primo Scala and his Accordion band play at the South Parade Pier.
June 6th Larry Adler and his harmonica plays at the Theatre Royal, Max Wall and Bill Waddington also appear.
Derek Roy hosts the summer show on the South Parade Pier.
Jaques Vallez and his 'Savoyards' Orchestra playing on the Pier deck.
Teddy Hanks Band play at St Michael's Church Hall, Paulsgrove.
The De Reske Orchestra play at the Oddfellows hall.
June 8th The Moderniares Dance band support Mick Mitchell at the Savoy ballroom.
June 10th Eric Winstone and his Princess Hotel Orchestra with Leslie Howard and Julie Dawn, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 13th Rob Wilton appears at the Theatre Royal.
June 15th The De Reske Orchestra play at the Oddfellows hall.
June 17th Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Teddy Hanks Four play at St Saviours Hall Stamshaw for the Portsmouth North British Legion Dance.
June 18th Saturday, Saturday The De Reske Orchestra play at the Oddfellows hall.
June 20th Max Miller appears at the Theatre Royal.
June 21st At the Empress Ballroom a special appearance of the 17 Piece Dance Orchestra of the USS Missouri. The ship is currently on a visit to Portsmouth.
June 24th Nat Temple and his Orchestra, with Benny Lee, appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 25th Saturday, Freddie Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom Southsea. Plus the Mick Mitchell and Dick Whichello bands.
June 27th Charlie Kunz appears at the Theatre Royal.
June 28th and 29th At the Savoy Ballroom, the Wally Gresham Sextet.
July 1st Freddie Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom Southsea. Plus Dick Whichello's band.
July 3rd Big Bill Campbell and his Rocky Mountain Rhythm play for dancing. On the Pier Deck daily Jaques Vallez and his Orchestra.
July 4th At the Theatre Royal, Joy Nicholls, star of 'Take it from here' plus whistler Ronnie Ronalde.
"Nudes are News" at the Coliseum Theatre.
July 5th Bernard Wratten and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 8th Oscar Rabin and his Music with Harry Davis plus the Rendell Bop Group with Eric Jupp at the piano, appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 9th Saturday, The Dick Wichello and Mick Mitchell bands play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 10th Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight play on the South Parade Pier.
July 11th Ivor Novello's "Perchance to Dream" is performed at the Kings Theatre.
At the Coliseum, Curly Jay in "Don't blush girls"
July 13th At the Oddfellows Hall, the De Reske Ochestra play for dancing.
July 15th At the Savoy, Jack Simpson and his sextet with Variety Bandbox vocalist Rita Williams.
July 16th Saturday, The new "Rhythm Incorporated Jazz Club" at The Conservative Hall in Fratton Road advertise for new members. Residents groups are Bill Cole and his Clubmen and the Norman Bryant Quartet.
July 18th Issy Bonn and Sam Costa appear in "The Melody lingers on" at the Kings Theatre.
July 19th The Portsmouth New 'Hot' Jazz Club has a lecture about the Louis Armstrong Hot Five.
July 22nd Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band play for dancing at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 24th The George Mitchell Choir plus The Jerry Allen Trio play on South Parade Pier.
July 25th Sam Costa appears at the Theatre Royal.
July 27th At the Savoy Ballroom, appearance of The Parade Orchestra, the only Continental Orchestra in the country.
July 29th At the Savoy Ballroom, El Marios and his All Ladies Rumba Band.
July 30th Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Music play at the Court Royal Hotel Southampton.
July 31st Paul Fenoulhet and his Orchestra play at South Parade Pier.
August 1st Billy Ternent and his BBC Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom all week.
At the Theatre Royal, Borrah Minevitch and his Harmonica Rascals entertain.
August 6th Saturday, Portsmouth's first ever Brass band Festival is held on the Castle Field at Southsea.
Bill Cole and his Clubmen win the 1949 Melody Maker South Coast Dance Band Championships at the Rex Ballroom Bognor, and will go on to compete against winners from other regions later in the year.
The Kimbells Clifton Rooms are now re-opened for functions.
Eleven bands enter the Southsea Brass band contest.
August 8th At the Theatre Royal Britain's most glamorous nude Rosemary (Venus) Andree.
August 10th The Mirthquakes Concert Party, consisting of Winifred Delaney, Evelyn Bradley, Ivy Roach, also R Goodyear, H Stares, L Ivemy, F Cressdee and H Moreton, perfom at the Ebeneza Hall Twyford Avenue in aid of the 7th Portsmouth BP Scout Group.
August 12th At the Savoy Ballroom, Freddie Randall and his Band with Maxine Russell, play for dancing.
August 13th Saturday, Jack Arnold's "Embassy" Band play at the Castle Marina Hotel at Lee on the Solent.
August 14th Tommy Sampson and his Orchestra play on South Parade pier.
August 19th and 20th Ted Heath and his Band with Jack Parnell, Dickie Valentine and Jakie Armstrong, appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 20th Saturday, At the Cosham Civic Center, music from Pervin's Popular Players Band.

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August 21st Leslie Douglas and his Orchestra appear at the South Parade Pier.
August 22nd America's Deep River Boys, plus Anona Winn appear at the Theatre Royal.
Dulcie Gray and Michael Dennison appear at the Kings Theatre in "Queen Elizabeth slept here".
Brass Bands and songsters from various Salvation Army districts assembled on the Castle Field for a day long performance to aid the Portsmouth band funds.
August 24th The Modernaires play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 26th Harry Parry and his Sextet featuring Dinah Kaye appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 28th Nat Gonella and his Georgians play on South Parade Pier.
August 29th Benny Freedman and his Band, including Joe 'Tiny' Nicholls, return to the Embassy Ballroom.
Nat 'Rubberneck' Jackley appears at The Theatre Royal.
"Rhythm Incorporated Jazz Club" present Johnny Lyne's Swing Group at the Conservative Hall Fratton Road.
Dancing at the Deverall Hall Purbrook, with music from the Hampshire Old-Time Dance Orchestra.
September 2nd Oscar Rabin and his Band, plus the Don Rendell Bop Group with Eric Jupp at the piano, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 3rd Saturday, Bert and his Albertroys play at the Melgrade Hall Fareham.
September 4th Teddy Foster and his Orchestra play at South Parade Pier.
September 5th Arthur Askey appears at the Theatre Royal.
At the Coliseum, "Eve takes off", a review.
The Marita Gipsy Band play on the South Parade Pier deck.
Ad in the Evening News;- Roy Styles Band for any occasion, 15, Eastney Farm Road.
September 6th Jimmy James' Band play at the Gosport Trades Club.
September 9th Nat Temple and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 11th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
September 12th Vera Lynn appears at the Theatre Royal.
Lupino Lane appears in "Cabin for three" at the Kings Theatre.
At the Coliseum all week is a review called "The Nude Look"
September 16th Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 17th Saturday, Pervin's Popular Players Band appear at the Cosham Civic Centre, for the North Portsmouth British Legion.
September 18th Primo Scala and his famous Accordion Band play at the South Parade Pier.
September 19th The Teddy Hanks Band play at St Michael's Church Hall, Paulsgrove.
September 21st At the Empress Ballroom, Eddie 'Tash' Mendoza and his City Spivs play for dancing.
September 23rd Tommy Sampson and his Orchestra, featuring the 'Sampsongs' and the Danny Moss Group, play at the Savoy Ballroom.

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September 25th Sid Phillips and his Band play at the South Parade Pier.
September 26th The Portsmouth Players, perform, 'The Arcadians' on South Parade Pier.
At the Kings Theatre, White Horse Inn.
At the Theatre Royal All Crazy Comedy Week, with Monsewer Eddie Gray, Dr. Crack and his Crackpots, and George Lacy.
At the Coliseum, Artists and Models.
September 29th The Teddy Hanks Band play at the Oddfellows Hall.
September 30th Eric Winstone and his 17 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At the Victory Hall Fratton Road, Billy Bennett's Band play for the West Division Labour Party Dance. The Stan Matthews Orchestra play for dancing at the Wellington Hall.
October 1st Saturday, Billy Bennett's Merrymakers play at the Forrester's Hall Fratton Road.
October 2nd Ronnie Munro and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
October 3rd At the Theatre Royal, The Strangest Show on Earth.
The Rhythm Incorporated Jazz Club present Johnny Lyne's progressive jazz concert. "A bop session will be included before and after the session."
October 5th Johnny Lyne and his music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 6th At the St Saviours Hall Stamshaw, Pervin's Popular Players provide music for dancing.
October 7th Felix Mendelsshon and the Hawaiian Serenaders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Ad in the Evening News;- Bob Kenny drummer/tympanist from Blackpool South Pier, available for gigs, 139 St Augustine Road.
October 8th Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his music join Wally Fry and his New Collegians to play at The South Parade Pier.
At the Savoy Ballroom, Dick Whichello and his Music and Mick Mitchell and his Ballroom Orchestra.
October 10th The new resident band, Eddie "Tiger Ragamuffin" Edward and his Music play at the Empress Ballroom.
At the Theatre Royal, Forces Showboat.
At the Kings Theatre, Tom Arnold's Ice Revue.
A 'bop' session featuring Bill Cole and his Clubmen at the Rhythm Incorporated Jazz Club at the Conservative Club, Fratton Road.
October 11th Bert Osborne and his band play at the Lee Tower, Lee on Solent.
October 13th Ad in the Evening News;- Harry Franks and his Music are now available, 187 Highland Road tele 31322
The St Cecelia Singers, Joan Reynolds, Dorothy Wassell, Florence Brice, Reginald Wassell and John Ellison, perform at the Church of the Resurrection at Cosham.
October 14th Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 16th Municipal concert begin again at the Kings Theatre with a visit of violinist Campoli.
October 17th Dennis Price and Rosamund John perform in 'Gaslight' at the Kings Theatre.
No No Nanette is performed at the Kings Theatre.
Electric violinist Alan Mack, from the Ralph Sharron Bop Quintet and Charles Berry, late of Teddy Foster, play at the Rhythm Incorporated Jazz Club at the Conservative Club Fratton Road.
October 18th Teddy Hanks and his Five Piece Band play at the All Saints Hall, Commercial Road.
October 19th Alf Hallman and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 21st Oscar Rabin and his Band play at the Savoy ballroom.
October 22nd Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play at the Court Royal Hotel Southampton.
The De Reske Orchestra play at the Oddfellows Hall Kingston Road.
Billy Bennett's Merrymakers play at the Forrester’s Hall Fratton Road.
October 24th The Carl Rosa opera Company perform seven different operas this week at the Kings Theatre.
The Bop Quintet, featuring Bob Quinton and Ken Bishop play at the Rhythm Incorporated Jazz Club at the Conservative Hall Fratton Road.
October 25th Dancing to Bern Wratten and his Music at the Oddfellows Hall Kingston Road.
October 26th At the Albany Hall Portsmouth, The Airspeed Singers perform, The River.
October 27th Teddy Hanks band play at the Oddfellows Hall.
October 28th Ray Ellington and his Quartet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 29th Saturday, The Portsmouth Military Band play in the Guildhall Square.
October 30th Myra Hess gives a piano recital at the Kings Theatre.
October 31st At the Kings Theatre, Fred Emney stars in The Schoolmistress.
At the Coliseum an Anglo French revue call Revue de Paris.
At The Theatre Royal, Circus Royale with the world's greats clowns, Charlie and Paul Cairoli.
November 4th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 5th Saturday, Alf Hallman and his Orchestra play at the Savoy ballroom.
Billy Bennett's Merrymakers play at the Forresters Hall Fratton Road.
November 7th Anne Shelton appears at the Theatre Royal.
Bop night at the Rhythm Incorporated Jazz Club with Bill Coles Clubmen.
November 9th Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom, Crossways, Gosport.
November 10th Alf Hallman and his band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 11th Paul Fenhoulhet and his Braodcasting Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 12th Saturday, Len Ashdown and his Music play at the Forresters Hall Fratton Road.
November 13th First large block ad in the Evening News for Billy Bennett Accordion Specialist, plus Merrymakers Dance Band.
November 14th Old Mother Riley and her daughter Kitty(Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane) appear at the Theatre Royal.
November 17th Johnny Lyne and his Music play at RNARY Fleetlands Gosport.
November 18th The Blue Rockets Dance Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 19th Saturday, The Gosport Borough Choral Society give a concert to aid the organ fund of Brockhurst Baptist Church.
November 20th The Gosport Orchestra play a concert at the Theatre Royal.
November 21st At the Kings Theatre, Robert Beatty and Margaret Leighton in The Philadelphia Story.
Dancing to the Teddy Hanks Band at St Michael’s Church Hall Paulsgrove.
At the Theatre Royal Max Miller and Winifred Attwell perform.
At the Coliseum, it's 'Eve without leaves'
November 25th Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Dougie Wheeler Trio play at the Victory Hall, Fratton, for the West Divisional Labour Party.
November 28th Ad in the Evening News;- 4 piece dance band taking gigs in Fareham area, Bradbeer, 65 Crossways Portchester.
November 29th Stanley Upfield AISTD running a 'Modern Dance Studio' at 130 Fratton Road Clive Road Bus stop.
December 1st Bop contest at the Empress Ballroom.
December 2nd Oscar Rabin and his Broadcasting Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 3rd Saturday, Advert in the Evening News;- Visit the Bop Club at the Conservative Hall Fratton Road, every Monday.
December 5th Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss appear at the Theatre Royal.
At the Coliseum, 'Venus on parade' including the famous Boswell twins.
December 8th Farewell night at the Empress Ballroom for Eddie Edwards and his Music.
December 9th Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight appear at the Savoy Ballroom, with Geoff Love, Betty Taylor and the Buccaneers.
At the Dockyard Club in Onslow Road, in the DECSA Ballroom, dancing to the music of the DECSA Band under the direction of Norman Loades.
December 10th Saturday, The Portsmouth Glee Club present Handel's 'Messiah'.
Billy Bennett’s Band play at the Haslar Drill Hall for the Royal Signals dance.
The Royal Marine Orchestra play at the Odeon Ballroom Cosham for the Royal Navy Athletics Club.
Teddy Hanks Band play at All Saints Church Hall for the Portsmouth North British Legion.
December 11th Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, from the Vienna Sate Opera performs at the Kings Theatre.
December 12th Teddy Hanks Band play at St Michaels Church Hall Paulsgrove.
The Portsmouth Music Club, founded in 1942, have celebrated their 200th meeting.
December 13th New resident band at the Empress Ballroom Stubbington Avenue, the Hallman 9 piece Orchestra and Dixieland Group.
December 15th Teddy Hanks Band play at All Saints Church hall.
The Portsdown Boys School Orchestra perform play at the school to entertain parents.
December 16th Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom, featuring Britain’s Greatest Drummer Ronnie Verral.
December 17th Saturday, The Portsmouth Choral Union give a Carol Concert at the Northern Grammar School.
December 19th At the Kings Theatre Panto with Goldilocks and the three Bears At the Coliseum Cinderella.
Charlie Berry introduces Johnny Dankworth and Don Rendell at the Rhythm Incorporated Bop Club at the Conservative Hall Fratton Road. 400 members and guests are entertained.
December 23rd Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 24th Saturday, Saturday, The Teddy Hanks Dance Band play at the Forresters Hall in Fratton Road.
December 29th On South Parade Pier, Johnny Lyne and his Music, and Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by The Ken Williams Quintette.
December 30th Teddy Foster and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.

Thoughts on the year.
Bebop begins to take hold of the popular music scene.
Wally Fry and his Collegians continue their lengthy run on the South Parade Pier.
In April, the first appearance of the short lived Portsmouth Guitar Club.
The Coliseum Theatre begins it's run of nude review shows and the Theatre Royal decides to try them too.

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