Portsmouth Music Scene


The Portsmouth Music Scene
1950


January 2nd At the Theatre Royal, The Five Smith Brothers and also Terry Thomas.
At The Kings Theatre, Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
At The Coliseum, Cinderella.
January 4th Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at St George's Hall Waterlooville for the 'Gay Forties Dancing Club'.
January 6th Ray Ellington and his Quartet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Rhythm Incorporated Bop Club has changed it's name to the Quaver Club.
January 9th Vic Oliver appears at the Theatre Royal.
At the Coliseum, Babes in the Wood.
January 12th Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play in the minor hall on South Parade Pier.
January 13th The Squadronaires play at the Savoy Ballroom.

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Joe Loss autograph

Ad in the Evening News;- Jack Lennox, pianist, and his sextet accepting engagements 31632, 111 Orchard Road Southsea.
January 16th Tessie O'Shea and Billy Cotton and his Band perform at the Theatre Royal.
At the Coliseum, Cyril Rich and his Band in 'Bright Lights of Piccadilly'.
January 17th Ad in the Evening News;- Leonard Leslie and his Old Time Dance Orchestra available for engagements, Stanns, London Road, Cowplain.
January 19th Dancing to the Manix Trio, tonight and every Thursday at the Broadlands Mansions Road House, Waterlooville.
January 20th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 21st Saturday, The Menges String Quartet play at the Northern Grammar School.
Feb 7th At the Kings Theatre, Margaret Lockwood appears in Peter Pan.
January 23rd Charlie Chester and his Radio Crazy Gang appear at the Theatre Royal.
Goldilocks at the Kings Theatre features Fred Gwyn as the dame.(Later in the Munsters?)
January 27th Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom with Ronnie Verral.
January 30 Joe Loss and his Band play at the Theatre Royal all week. Also on the bill are Cardew Robinson and dancers, the Vic Ray Trio, who come from Southsea.
February 1st Joe Loss and his Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier.
February 2nd Cosham Society of Arts Orchestra play at Christ Church Hall Widley at the invitation of the Portsdown Music Guild.
February 3rd Nat Temple and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 4th The Portsmouth Rhythm Club meet at the Victory Hall in Fratton Road.
February 8th Dixie to Bop Jamboree at the Victory Hall for the Portsmouth Rhythm Club.

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The Portsmouth Rhythm Club

February 9th The Dockyard School's Jazz Club opened with a recital of New Orleans Jazz given by Mr. Saunders.
February 10th Oscar Rabin and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Jeff Powell, bassist/vocalist, well known member of the Heather Tones Vocal Group has joined Benny Freedman and his newly augmented 10 piece Orchestra who are the new resident band at the Savoy Ballroom.
At the Embassy ballroom, good music with the new Orchestra and Hammond Organ.
An Accordion Club meets every Thursday at the St Mathews Hall, Clarence Square, Gosport.
February 11th Saturday, Valentines dance at the Drill Hall Haslar with the Vic Lewis Band.
February 13th At the Theatre Royal, Hughie Green presents Opportunity Knocks.
At the Coliseum, Hetty King, and Winifred Atwell perform.
All this week on South Parade Pier, 3 bands in two ballrooms, including Jan Ralfini and his full 14 piece Orchestra plus vocalists and Eric Easton on the Hammond Organ, play for dancing .
At the Embassy Ballroom dancing to the Tyler trio with Hammond Organ.
February 15th At the Victory Hall, Fratton Road, dancing to Doris Westaways Band.
February 17th Billy Ternent and his Dance Orchestra play for dancing at the Savoy Ballroom.
Dancing to Charles Tyler' Orchestra plus Hammond Organ at the Embassy Ballroom.
February 18th Saturday, The Dutch broadcasting band, the Skymasters play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Feb 20 The Radio Revellers with Georgie Wood and Jimmy Wheeler, appear at the Theatre Royal.
February 25th Saturday, at the Savoy Ballroom, The Sid Phillips Band with Johnny Eager and Jane Lee, perform.
At Kimbells Corner House, Leonard Leslie's Dance Band play for dancing for the British Legion Portsmouth North.
Feb 27th Singing star Lee Lawrence, and Leslie Sarony appear at the Theatre Royal.
A selection of 'Hollywood Doubles' appear at the Coliseum.
Donald Wolfit appears in Treasure Island at the Kings Theatre.
March 2nd Charles Smitton, famous BBC organist is featured each evening at the Savoy ballroom at the new super Hammond Organ.
March 3rd Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March At the Methodist Hall Kings Road Gosport, a variety concert was provided by The Carlton Revellers in aid of the Associated Churches and Youth League.
March 6th At the Theatre Royal, Sam Costa and the NitWits plus Wilson Kepple and Betty, also Max Bygraves.
March 6th At the Coliseum 'Sensations of 1950', a variety bill including comedian Jack Haig.
The Portsmouth Music Club get a lecture, Bach the man and the music, by John Grayson.
The latest HMV television has been installed at the Hampshire Rose at Purbrook.
March 7th Recitals presented at the New Hot Club of Portsmouth, consisted of Big Band Jazz by Mr. R Voysey and Small Band Jazz by Messers Gale and Wenham.
March 8th Portsmouth Municipal College Dramatic and Musical Society present Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado at the College Hall.
March 9thy The Portsdown Music Guild make their first performance of classical music at Christ Church Hall Widley.
March 10th Tito Burns and his Sextet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 11th Saturday, Leonard Leslie's band play at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
At St Saviour’s Hall Stamshaw, Norman Loade's Midnight Follies play for dancing for the Portsmouth North British Legion.
March13th At the Theatre Royal, Harry Lester and his Hayseeds perform.
March 15th Charles Tyler's Orchestra play for dancing at the Embassy Ballroom.
The Airspeed Singers give a concert at Cosham Baptist Church in aid of church funds.
March 17th Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight, plus Freddy Tomasso and the Buccaneers, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At St Saviors Church Hall, the Midnight Follies play for dancing on St Patrick’s Night.
March 18th Saturday, At the Wesley Central Hall, the original Don Cossack Chorus and Dancers perforrm traditional folk songs.
At the Savoy Ballroom, Anny Xhofleer and Pia Beck Quintette of Radio Hilversum, another Dutch band sensation.
March 19th Dancing to the Johnny Lyne and his Music at Embassy Ballroom.
200 members and friends of the Yard Machinery (MED) Social Club in Portsmouth Dockyard attend a dance at Fratton. The entertainment included a Minstrel Show, and music from Mr. Bennett's Band.
March 22nd Leonard Leslie's Band play at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
March 23rd Leonard Leslie's Band play at Lee Tower Ballroom.
Today and every Thursday, Jimmy James's Band play in the Civilian Canteen at HMS Daedelus.
Dancing to the Johnny Lyne and his Music at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 24th At the South Parade Pier, Joe Daniels and his Hot Shots play for dancing.
Ivy Benson and her All Girls Radio Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Dutch clothes manufacturer C&A re-opens in Commercial Road Portsmouth.
March 26th At the Kings Theatre Municipal Concert, Eileen Joyce plays the pianoforte.
March 27th Phyllis Dixey appears at the Theatre Royal.
The Southsea Orchestral Society, who started life in 1923 at St Simons Orchestra, gives a concert at Purbrook Park County High School.
March 29th An Orchestral Concert in the Portsmouth Royal Naval Barracks is conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent.
Dancing to the Johnny Lyne and his Music at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 30th World famous soprano Joan Hammond sings at the Wesley Central Hall Fratton Road.
March 31st George Evans and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 1st Saturday, At St Saviour’s Hall Stamshaw, Norman Loade's Midnight Follies play for dancing for the Portsmouth North British Legion.
April 3rd Frankie Howard performs at the Theatre Royal.
The Coliseum is re-named The Empire Theatre and begins with a variety bill headed by singer Jack Doyle.
The 'Frivolities Concert Party' entertained patients at Ward MI Infectious Deceases Hospital Milton.
They were Reg Aldridge, Bill Northcote, David Barker, Maureen Beasly, Jean Clark, Alec Emery, and Joan Cuff, with pianists Mrs Millward and Mr J Hunt.
April 4th Dancing to the Johnny Lyne and his Music at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 5th Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
April 6th Mick Mulligan and his Magnolia Jazz Band play at the Savoy ballroom.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play for the 'Bop' Interlude and Alf Hallman and his and his Orchestra, at the Empress ballroom.
Sir Malcolm Sargent agrees to become Portsmouth Bach Society's President by an offer extended by Major F Vivian Dunn.
April 7th The Portsmouth Choral Union perform Handel's Messiah at the Northern Grammar School. Mr. H Fox of 81 Wykeham Road North End is singing in the Messiah for the 50th time since he joined in 1900.
The Portsmouth Glee Club perform Haydn's 'Creation' at the North End Baptist Church.
Joe Loss and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
The Portsmouth Players perform a musical comedy, The Belle of New York, at the South Parade Pier.
April 8th Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Embassy Ballroom.
Dancing nightly at the South Parade Pier to Wally Fry and his New Collegians and Eric Easton at his £3,000 Wonder Organ.
April 9th The Gosport Orchestra play at the Theatre Royal.
The Squadronaires Dance Orchestra, including George Chisholm, play on South Parade Pier.
Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
April 10th Comedian, Frank Randall is at the Kings Theatre.
About 300 Irish people attended an Easter Ceilidhe at St Joseph's Hall Copnor with music from Cyril Rice's Ceildihe Band.
April Eve Pedwell's Variety Starlets perform at St Mary's Institute.
April 14th Ted Heath's Band, with Jack Parnell, Dickie Valentine and singing star Lita Roza, play at the Savoy ballroom.
April 16th Syd Dean and his Full Broadcasting Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
April 19th The WVS Choir give a concert at the Buckland Congregational Church.
April 21st Billy Ternent and his Dance Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 22nd Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music and Charles Tyler's Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
April 23rd Maura Lympany at the pianoforte performs at the Kings Theatre Municipal Concert.
At the South Parade Pier, Vic Lewis and his 21 piece Orchestra play for dancing.
April 24th At the Kings Theatre, Rex Harrison and Margaret Leighton perform in The Cocktail Party.
At the Empire Theatre, Vocalist Sam Browne, but at the foot of the bill, comedian Tony Hancock.
April 28th Oscar Rabin and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 29th Saturday, Billy Bennett's Band play at the Rowlands Castle Parish Hall.
The Portsmouth Music Club's first musical 'Have a go' takes place!
April 30th Teddy Foster and his Orchestra play on the South Parade Pier.
May 1st Cyril Fletcher appears at the Empire Theatre.
New resident band at the Embassy, Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music play for dancing.
May 2nd Dancing to Londoner Alf Gee and his Music at the Empress Ballroom.
The Airspeed Singers give a concert at the Wesley Central Hall for the Portsmouth Voluntary Association for the Blind.
May3/4/5/6 Portsmouth's 19th Music Festival at Buckland Congregational Church and Hall.
May 5th Dance at All Saints Church Hall dancing to BBC accordionist Sid Pim and the Regional Orchestra.
Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At St Joseph’s Hall Copnor, Teddy Hanks and his Boys, take over from Cyril Rice.
May 6th Saturday, Thy St Cecelia Singers and the brand new Portsmouth Young Peoples String Orchestra give a concert at the Teaching College in aide of the National Union of Teachers Benevolent Society.
May 7th At the South Parade Pier, Freddie Randall and his Music and Hermanoz Deniz and his Cuban Rhythm play for dancing.
May 8th Big Bill Campbell presents his 'Way out West' show at the Theatre Royal.
At the Empire Theatre, BBC singing star, Dick James.
Quote from the Evening News, Higher standard in the Music Festival, but a better hall is needed.
May 10th Choirs from Portsmouth, Southampton and Salisbury combine to perform 'Mass in B Minor', at the Portsmouth Cathedral as part of the Portsmouth Music Festival.
At the Theatre Royal, 'Skimpy goes to Paris', featuring Johnny Denis and his Ranchers and Venus Andreee.
The RDS Jazz Club have a recital by Mr. R Saunders on 'Black and White Jazz'.
May 11th 10 dance bands play at the Savoy Ballroom in aide of the Portsmouth Branch of the Musicians Union.
Leonard Leslie's Band play at the Embassy Ballroom.
May 12th Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
About 250 danced to the Royal Artillery Orchestra in Southsea at a Territorial Army Dance.
May 13th Saturday, The Portsmouth Glee club staged a miscellaneous programme with well known popular radio personalities, Gwen Catley, Tom Jenkins and Jack Byfield, at the Wesley Central Hall Fratton Road.
May 14th Ted Heath and his Music, with Paul Carpenter, appear at the South Parade Pier.

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Ronald Shiner at the Kings Theatres

May 15th At the Kings Theatre, Ronald Shiner and William Hartnell appear in Seagulls over Sorento.
May 16th Letter in the Evening News from 'Band agent' Dick Perkins, 30 Fearon Road, North End.
At the Empress Ballroom, dancing to Alf Gee and his Old Time Ensemble, with MC Jack Minter.
Alf Hallman and his Orchestra with the Dixieland Group play at the Savoy.
May 17th Mannequin Teas every afternoon except Saturday at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 18th Eddie 'Tosh' Mendoya and his Crazy Spivs play at the Empress Ballroom.
At the Embassy, The Mayfair Music of Roy Richards and Leonard Leslie's Band play for Dancing.
May 19th Leslie Douglas and his band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
450 children from Portsmouth Secondary Schools sing at the Royal Naval Barracks gymnasium in a fitting finale of this year’s Portsmouth School's Festival of Music.
May 20th Saturday, A nurses choir from St Mary's Hospital win two certificates at the Isle of Wight Music Festival.
May 21st George Evans and his 20 Piece Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier.
May 22nd Billy Cotton and his Band, with Alan Breeze, play at the Theatre Royal.
Comedian Eric Barker plays the Empire Theatre.
The Ted Wilcox Sextette play at the Embassy Ballroom.
May 24th Myra Hess performs at the pianoforte in the Royal Naval Barracks Portsmouth.
The Airspeed Singers give a concert at Purbrook Methodist Church in aide of Sunday School Funds.
May 25th The De Reske Orchestra play at the Angerstein Hall North End.
Benny Freedman and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 26th Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 28th Billy Reid and Dorothy Squires with the resident Orchestral Attraction, Eugene and the Full Concert Orchestra, perform at the South Parade Pier.
Weekdays and evenings on the Pier deck, Eugene and his Serenaders. Sundays on the Pier Deck, the Band of the Royal Artillery play.
May 28th The Royal Dockyard School's Jazz club hear two lectures, 'Blues on British Labels', and 'The Piano in jazz'.
May 29th Rising young comedian, Max Bygraves performs at the Theatre Royal.
At the Empire Felix Mendelssohn and his Hawaiian Serenaders play also Britain's newest singing star Frankie Vaughn.
May 30th Dick Whichello and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 1st The Manchester Halle Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli perform at the Northern Grammar School.
The RDS Jazz Club have a recital by Mr. F Hurlock, entitled 'The story of jazz from Congo to bop'
June 2nd Tito Burns and his sextet with Terry Devon play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 3rd Saturday, Olde Time Dance at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville with Leonard Leslie's Trio.
June 4th Pianists, Rawicz and Landauer appear at the South Parade Pier.
June 6th About 500 patients at the Netley Military Hospital were entertained by Reg Aldrige and his Portsmouth concert party The Frivolities. First of a series of visits to outlying hospitals.
June 9th Sid Phillips and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 10th Saturday, The Milton Music Society hear a recital given my two members.
June 12th Harry Parry and his Radio sextet play at the Empire Theatre.
June 14th Portsmouth's Orpheus Singers give a concert at St Michael's Church Hall Paulsgrove in aid of the church building fund.
June 15th Patients at the RV Hospital Netley and St Mary's Hospital Portsmouth were entertained by the Mirthquakes Variety Company, comprising Ella Hayles, Peter Budd, Mary Cheal, Bill Giles, Eve Nicholas, Dick Goodyear, Frank Bradford, Fred Cole and 'Yvette', produced by Ivy M Roach.
June 16th Freddy Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 17th Saturday, Leonard Leslie's Trio play at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
Members of the Royal Dockyard School's Jazz Club and the new 'Hot' Jazz Club of Portsmouth attend the third big riverboat shuffle in Southampton, the previous two were in Portsmouth. About 1000 jazz fans on the SS Calshot heard six hours of music from ten be-bop and dixieland bands.
June 22nd Ronnie Hancox and the Dance Band for Dancers play at the Embassy Ballroom.
Nat Gonella and his Georgians appear at the Coronation Holiday Village.
June 23rd Vic Lewis and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 25th Semprini and Jack Train appear on the South Parade Pier deck.
June 24th Saturday, the Teddy Hanks Band play at St Saviours Church Hall, Stamshaw for the British Legion North Dance.
June 26th Issy Bonn appears at the Kings Theatre.
June 29th to July 1st Ted Heath and his band plus Lita Roza, play three nights at the Savoy ballroom.
July 1st Saturday, The "Friviolities Concert Party", perform at the Cosham British Legion.. Those involved were Alec Emery, Len Merewood, 'Blackie' Stevens, Alan Adams, Julian Oakley, Pearl (Luter?), Avril (Tribe?)and Deirdre (Downton?)(dancers) Hilda Millward (pianist)and J Cuff. Comedian and compare Reg Aldridge.
July 3rd Copnor British have social with entertainment from The Harbour Lights Concert Party, under the direction of Miss Irene Harbour, and MC Mr. Adam.
At the Kings Theatre, a musical called Brooklyn Vanities includes Portsmouth girl Vivienne Dale who was previously featured in the Dale Sisters harmony singing act.
'A glamorous and colourful revue' "A date with Eve", opens at the Empire Theatre.
July 7th Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At the LDB sale, Men’s Flannel Trousers at 20/- and fine gauge Rayon stockings at 2/11d per pair.
July 9th At the South Parade Pier, Americas famous singing group, The Deep River Boys, sing.
The Portsmouth Fire Brigade band play on the deck of the South Parade Pier.
Daily in the Pier Cafe, Cherry Wainer at the Amazing Solovox.
July 10th At the Theatre Royal, Tommy Trinder in Starlight Rendezvous.
July 12th Harold Grinters 'Unique Concert Party' perform at the Portsmouth RN Barracks, they included Lilian Martin, Cam Thompson and Harold Grinter with Charles Tapson at the piano.
The Mirthquakes Variety company entertained patients at the Portsmouth Infectious Diseases Hospital, included, Ella Hayles, Frank Bradford, Mary Cheal, Dick Goodyer, Yvette Eve Nicholas, Yvette and Rick, with Fred Cole at the piano. Production by Ivy M Roach.
July 14th George Evans and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 15th Saturday, Leonard Leslie's Band play at the Waterloo Hall, Waterloovile.
A 'flannel' dance at the Drill Hall Haslar with music from Vic Walker and his Band.
Reg Aldrige's Frivolities concert Party entertain patients of ward M1 at St Mary's Hospital.
Alec Emery, Joan Gorrett, Maureen Beasley, Len Merewood, Jack Hunt, Alan Adams, Joan Cuff, Pearl Luter, Avril Tribe and Deirdre Downton, and Hilda Millward (pianist).
July 17th At the Empire Theatre, The Eight Scala Girl present, 'artistic studies from art' At the Theatre Royal funny man Norman Evans.
July 19th Radio entertainer from 'Record Roundup' Jack Jackson appears at the Empire Theatre with the Eight Scala Girls.

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Evening News advert for Long Playing records

July 21st Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
First newspaper advertisement for 'long playing records' on sale at Murdocks in Commercials Road.
July 23rd Famous harmonica player Ronald Chesney plays on South Parade Pier.
July 24th The 200th anniversary of the death of Bach was commemorated by the Portsmouth Music Society with a program of piano, violin, soprano and tenor performances.
July 25th At the Royal Dockyards School's Jazz Club, three separate lectures were given, The life of Bunk Johnson, My taste in Jazz, and, A Choice of records.
July 27th Dance Band leader Nat Gonella blows his trumpet to open the Emsworth Townswomen's Guild Fete.
July 28th Johnny Dankworth and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Frank Hurlock presented a recital ' Screening the blues' which dealt with jazz music in films over the last 20 years.
July 29th Saturday, Leonard Leslie's band play at the St George Hall, Waterloovile.
July 30th At the South Parade pier, Harry Robbins entertains with his xylophone.
July 31st Charlie Chester at the Theatre Royal.
At the Empire Theatre a show called 'Nudes are news' including the Ben Dudley Trio.
Oscar Rabin and his Band play all week at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 2nd The Gosport Orchestral Society are requiring clarinet and bassoon players.
August 4th Teddy Foster and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Portsmouth Jazz Club have a recital on record from Tommy Ladnier and Jimmy Noone, and Mr. F Hurlock pays tribute to famed British jazzman Freddy Gardner who died recently.
August 5th Saturday, In the South Parade Pier Cafe, Gordon Banner playing the new Multitune Wonder Hammond Organ.
August 6th The Hedley Ward Trio and Brian Lawrence entertain on South Parade Pier.
August 7th At the Empire Theatre, 'Boys will be girls' an all-male cast of female impersonators, including Ford and Sheen, Billy Wells, and the Lynton Boys.
At the Theatre Royal, Reg Dixon and Bob and Alf Pearson perform.
At St Michaels church Hall Paulsgrove, Teddy Hanks and his band play for dancing.
A program of light music is presented by the Entracte Players at the Portsmouth Music Club.
August 8th For causing £1.10s 0d. worth of damage to a window frame at the Savoy Ballroom, Keith Lazenby, a RN stoker from HMS Tuscan, and Alfred Briers an able seaman from HMS Vengence were each fined £2.0.00d, and a further £1.0.00d each for being drunk and disorderly.
August 11th The Portsmouth Jazz Club have a talk by Mr. F Hurlock about the evolution of jazz, with recordings from the original Dixeyland Jazzband and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings.
August 12th Saturday, The Pathfinders Variety Company toured and entertained patients at the Infectious Deseases St Mary’s and the Royal Hospital Portsmouth and the Victoria Hospital Netley. Those involved were Dorothy Beckett, Billie Elsom, David Barker, Peggy Hartley, Ivy Hallett, Jack Sherwood, and Freda the accordionist.
August 14th Ballet Star Anton Dolin and his company perform at the Kings Theatre "Vote for Venus" is the show at the Empire Theatre, with Miss Venus of 1950 and the Venus Lovelies.
Eamonn Andrews presents Twenty Questions at the Theatre Royal.
The Teddy Hanks band play at St Micheal’s Church Hall Paulsgrove.
At the newly named RDS Jazz Club, Mr. P Gale gave a talk about clarinetist Johnny Dodds.
August 17th Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
A meeting of the Portsmouth Jazz club hear a talk about New Orleans band, blues singers, and jazz revivalist groups.
August 18th Mick Mulligan and his Magnolian Jazz Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Eugene and his Serenaders play at the South Parade Pier.
The Sunshine Kids Concert Party give a performance at the Sloan Stanley Hall Gosport for the Bazaar Fund of the NSPCC.
August 19th Saturday, Benny Freedman and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 20th Renowned novelty pianist Herschel Henlere play at the South Parade Pier.
August 21st At the Theatre Royal, Britain's star maker Carroll Levis presents his latest BBC discoveries.
A program of music by the winners of the Portsmouth and IOW Music Festival was presented to the Portsmouth Music Club.
August 22nd The Club Dixie, formerly the RDS Jazz Club, organize a Jazz Quiz which is won by Mr. F Hurlock.

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Sid Phillips autograph
August 25th Sid Phillips at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 27th Denny Dennis and the Fraser Hayes Quartet play at the South Parade Pier.
August 28th The Deep River Boys perform at the Theatre Royal.
August 29th Dick Whichello and his band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 30th Ad in the Evening News;- Entertaining Services provide orchestras and artistes, 66 Brockhurst Road Gosport and 18 Windsor Road Cosham.
September 1st Kathleen Stobart and her Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 2nd Saturday, New resident band at the Embassy Ballroom, Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music.
Portsmouth singer Eileen Sawyer, who has won a number of awards, marries Alan Grant at Victoria Road Methodists Church.
September 3rd Morton Fraser and his Harmonic Rascals play at South Parade Pier.
The Cosham Brotherhood Orchestra with their leader Mr. Phillip Gibbons, perform at Fawcett Road Methodist Church.
September 4th Teddy Hanks Band at St Michael’s Church Hall Paulsgrove.
September 5th, Dick Whichello and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 8th Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 10th Petula Clark sings on South Parade Pier.
September 11th At the Kings Theatre, Emile Littler's gay new musical Dear Miss Phoebe, with Peter Graves(Mission Impossible?).
At the Theatre Royal, the famous all coloured revue, Harlem comes to town.
September 12th Cyril Rice and his Band play at the Transport Hall North End.
The Merry Mascots Concert Party give a performance at the Imperial Services Club, Eastney.
September 15th The Royal Marine famous broadcasting band perform at Eastney barracks.
September 16th Saturday, Last night of Eugene at the South Parade Pier.
September 17th The Squadronaires Dance Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier.
September 18th The Doyle Carte Opera Company return to the Kings Theatre.
September 21st P Gale and G Wenham give a recital at the Portsmouth Jazz Club.
September 22nd The Royal Marine famous broadcasting band perform at Eastney barracks.
Teddy Hanks and his Band play at the Forrester's Hall Fratton Road.
At All Saints Church, the Rhythm Comets Band play for dancing.

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During the 1940's and 1950's the Ebenezer Hall
was a busy place for entertainment
September 23rd Saturday, Alf Hallman's band play at the Parish Hall Rowlands Castle for the Labour Party.
September 24th The Gosport Orchestra conducted by Fred Waterworth, perform on South Parade Pier.
September 25th At the Theatre Royal, Old Mother Reilly and her daughter Kitty appear.
The Portsmouth Players perform The Geisha at the South Parade Pier.
September 27th Eric Winstone and his full Orchestra with Julie dawn and Roy marsh, play at the Empress Ballroom supported by Alf Gee and his Music.
The Merry Mascots are in concert at All Saints Church Hall.
Members of the Doyle Carte Opera Company, presently performing at the Kings Theatre, visit Haslar Hospital and give an impromptu performance to a packed Erroll Hall.
September 28th The Liverpool Victoria Social Club hold dances on the last Thursday of each month at the Hilsea Lido, with MC Bert Sykes.
September 29th Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Vic Walker and his Band play at the Drill Hall Haslar.
The Pompey Revellers Concert Party perform and HMS Vernon in aid of the 31st Portsmouth (Handicapped) Group of Boy Scouts.
A concert at the Ebeneza Hall Twyford Avenue in aid of Portsmouth North British Legion Funds, included 6 year old Graham Hunt on the drums who was accompanied by his father Mr. J Hunt. The show was presented by Reg Alrdidge and Blackie, plus 'The Frivolities'.
October 1st Paul Adam and his Mayfair Music, with Christine Norden, play at the South Parade Pier.
Myra Hess (pianoforte) and the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra play at the Kings Theatre.
October 2nd At the Kings Theatre 'Black and white vanities' include Winifred Atwell.
At the Empire 'Revue de Paris' with the Casino Lovelies.
October 6th Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight play at the Savoy ballroom.
Teddy Hanks and his Band play at the Forrester's Hall Fratton Road.
The Music Makers play for dancing at Lee Tower Ballroom.
The Mirthquakes Variety Company performance at Haslar Hospital included Ella Hayes, Dick Goodyear, Eve Nicholas, Fred Coles, Yvette and Rich, Mary Cheal, also involved F Cole, C Hayles and I M Roach.
October 7th Saturday, The Portsmouth Glee Club give an Operatic Concert at the Wesley Central Hall Fratton.
Guest band at the Empress Ballroom, Johnny Lyne and his Music.
Dick Whicello's Band play at the Parish Hall Rowlands Castle.
October 9th At the Theatre Royal, Comedian Jack Haig(later of 'ello 'ello) plus Nudes Parisienne.
October 10th Cyril Rice and his Band play at the Transport Hall North End.
October 11th Brain Gorman and his Music play at the South Parade Pier presented by the Loyal Order of Moose in support of the Lord Mayor's BLESMA appeal.
Doris Westaway's Band play at the Victory Hall Fratton Road.
October 13th Joe Loss at the Savoy Ballroom.
Cyril Rice and his Band play at All Saints Church Hall.
Teddy Hanks and his Band play at the Forrester's Hall Fratton Road.
October 14th Saturday, Leonard Leslie's Trio play at the Waterloo Hall Waterloville.
October 16th The Troubadours give a variety concert at Cosham Civic Centre.
At the Theatre Royal, Syd Seymour and his Mad Hatters perform.
October 17th The Pompey Revellers perform to more than 250 blind folk, for the Voluntary Association for the Blind at the Wesley Central Hall Fratton Road.
October 18th Portsmouth North End Ladies Choir beat a dozen other choirs to win the Gosport Music Festival.

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20 October 1950
October 19th Freddy Randall and his Band play at the Empress ballroom.
October 20th Bill Ternent and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At the Rock Gardens Pavilion, The Masterpieces Band play for dancing.
At the Drill Hall, Haslar, Vic Walker and his Band play for dancing for the Royal Signals.
Jazz Band Ball at Hilsea Lido Ballroom includes Bill Cole and guests.
October 21st Saturday, Two Bands and the Embassy, Roy Richards Music and the Nelomen.
October 22nd Madam Canaway's Concert Party entertain at the Cosham Civic Centre.
October 23rd The George Mitchell Glee Club, and Bernard Miles, play at the Theatre Royal.
Twelve year old Judy Stanswood of 7 Dursley Cres, Paulsgrove is appeaing in Emile Littler's Panto 'Goody two shoes' at the London Casino.
October 24th Dick Whichello and his band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 25th The Airspeed Singer perform at their Annual Concert at the Duchess of Albany Hall in Edinburgh Road.
October 26th The Sunshine Singers perform at the Ebeneza Woman's Own Hall in Twyford Avenue.
The Southsea Little Theatre Entertainers begin the winter season by visiting the M1 ward of the infectious deceases hospital and perform excerpts from their forthcoming revue "Show Parade".
October 27th Oscar Rabin at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Teddy Hank's Band play at the Forrester's Hall Fratton Road.
October 28th Saturday, Benny Freedman and his band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Milton Glee Club celebrate their second year!
October 30th The South Parade Pier is temporarily closed because of a dispute between Portsmouth Corporation and the Musicians Union. The Union decided to re-grade the hall from 'B' to 'A' which automatically meant an increase in the bandsmen's wages from 8 gns. to 10gns. The Pier refused the accept the ruling.
The Union later agreed to allow their members to continue at the current rate pending arbitration.
30th October At the Empire Theatre, 'Razzle' the 1950's Gayest Revusical Glamour Show.
October 31st The 'Trivolities' stage a variety concert at the Tramway Hall Transport Club at North End.
November 1st Evelyn Wilson, 12 year old of 14, Carisbrooke Road is appearing in the new musical play 'Dear Miss Phoebe' at the Pheonix Theatre London.
November 2nd The Johnny Dankworth Seven play at the Empress Ballroom.
The Jimmy James Band play at Lee Tower Ballroom.
At the Embassy Ballroom on Thursdays, a Radio Talent contest where competitors are heard but not seen.
November 3rd Ken Williams and his Quartette play at the South Parade Pier.
Vic Lewis and his band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Cyril Rice and his Music play at All Saints Church Hall.
Teddy Hanks and his Band play at the Forrester’s Hall Fratton Road.
November 4th Saturday, Saturday Portsmouth Choral Union perform 'Elijah' at the Northern Grammar School, Mayfield Road North End.
The Music Makers play for dancing at the Lee Tower Ballroom.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the South Parade Pier.
At the Empire Theatre, Woolgar Barbell Studio present 'Portsmouth Cavalcade of Strength and Beauty'. The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society give a concert at the Connaught Drill Hall to over 400 people, by a 60 strong choir with Dale Smith as soloist.
November 6th Dr Crock and his Crackpots perform at the Theatre Royal.
Jessie Matthews appears in Castle in the Air at the Kings Theatre.
November 8th Classes by the English Folk Song and Dance Society commence at Hilsea Modern School.
November 9th The Jimmy James Band play at Lee Tower Ballroom.
November 10th Humphrey Lyttleton plays at the Savoy Ballroom.
Mr. G F Mew of Messers Murdocks presented a recital on long playing records at the meeting of the Portsmouth and Southsea Recorded Music Society. Including works by Elgar, Bach and Borodin.
November 11th Saturday, Dick Whichello's Band play at the Forrester's Hall Fratton Road for an Armistice Dance, tickets 1/6d.
November 12th Miss Irene Selwood and her Spotlights entertained at the Cosham Sunday Evening Club with a record attendance of 97.
November 13th The Prince of all wideboys, Arthur English appears at the Theatre Royal.
Johnny Lyne and his music playing all this week, with Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
November 14th Cyril Rice's band play at the Transport Hall, North End.
November 15th 11 year old Judy Stanswood from 7 Dursley Crescent Cosham started dancing lessons only two and a half years ago, and now as part of the Terry Juveniles is performing in the Royal Command Performance at the London Palladium. She is also rehearsing for one of the country's biggest pantomimes 'Goody Two Shoes' at the London Casino.
November 16th Members at a St Simon's Ward, Portsmouth South Conservative Association monthly meeting heard a recital by Miss Florence Brice who also conducted community singing, she was accompanied by Mrs. Klinkert.
November 17th Ted Heath and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Vic Walker and his Band play at the Drill hall Haslar.
Teddy Hanks and his Band play the Forrester’s Hall Fratton Road. Also there is Kaleidoscope lighting two-beat music, plus a beautiful legs contest.
The mellow strings of the Kay O'Dee Quartette are heard for dancing at the RAFA Club Cosham old time dance.
November 18th Saturday, Carl Dolmetsche, one of the first virtuoso recorder players gives a concert for the Portsmouth Milton Musical Society, (venue details not given).
November 19th Southsea's Little Theatre Entertainers presented excerpts from their revue 'Show Parade' to the patients of ward M2 of the infectious deceases hospital, Milton. Those involved were Audrey Chamberlain, Anne Harbron, Joan Sparks, Albert Stewart, Edward Martin, with Mrs. M Palls at the piano. All produced by John S Pearce and Mrs A M Pearce.
November 20th, for one night only, Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 21st Nearly 200 people attended a social of the St Mary and Guildhall Wards of the Conservative Association with entertainment from Irene White's Juveniles.
November 22nd Concert at St Saviours Church Hall Stamshaw, by Miss Gray and her Dancing Troupe.
November 24th Geraldo and his Orchestra with Eve Boswell, Nadia Dore and the Geraltones, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At the Drill Hall Fareham, The Marinarts Orchestra play for dancing.
Cyril Rice's Band play at All Saints Church Hall.
November 25th Saturday, NSPCC Christmas Fayre Concert by the 'Good Companions' at the Sloan Stanley Hall Gosport.
At HMS Siskin Naval Gliding club(probably at Lee on the Solent?), the Teddy Wilcox Band plays for dancing.
November 27th Irene Handl performs in The Chameleon at the Kings Theatre.
November 28th Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Alf Hallman and his Band play at Lee Tower ballroom to over 400 people for the Mayor of Gosport's Charities Fund.
November 29th Concert by the combined Orchestras of HM Royal Marines, the chorus of the Portsmouth Bach Society, and the Emsworth and district Choral Society, in the gymnasium of the Royal Naval Barracks, conducted by Major F Vivian Dunn.
November 30th The Portsmouth North Branch of the British Legion concert have Madam Lester and her Moonbeams as entertainers.

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December 1st The Squadronaires play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The 'Merry Mascots' are in Concert at the Buckland Congregational Church.
At All Saints Church Hall music is provided by Johnny Scott and his Orchestra.
Teddy Hanks and his Band now playing every Friday at the Forrester’s Hall Fratton Road.
December 2nd Saturday, Jimmy Harris and his Orchestra play at Kimbells, Osborne Road.
Leonard Leslie's Trio play at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
The De Reske Orchestra play at the Oddfellows Hall Fratton Road.
December 3rd The last in the series of Municipal Concerts takes place at the Kings Theatre.
December 4th At the Kings Theatre, The Fol-De-Rols. At the Theatre Royal Hi Diddle Diddle, and at the Empire, Beauty in Spangles.
The "Keep the ball rolling" Company had a busy week entertaining at local hospitals, the cast included Harry Stares, Watts and Clark, Peggy MacKay, Enid Moxley, Norman Vale, Len Sawyer and Frank Bradford.
December 5th The "Frivolities" present a Grand Variety Concert at St Mary's Institute, Fratton Road.
At the Club Dixie Royal Dockyard Schools Jazz Club, Mr. F Hurlock presented a recital on the history of Graeme Bell's Jazz Band.
December 6th The Portsmouth Irish Society present Cyril Rice's Ceilidhe Band at the South Parade Pier.
December 7th Paulsgrove Ladies Choir led by Mrs. L Hall with Mrs. Crossland at the piano, sing at a meeting of the Portsmouth North branch of the British Legion.
December 8th Graeme Bell and his Australian Jazz Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at St Faith's Hall Havant.
Johnny Scott and his Band present, modern jive and old time dancing at All Saints Hall.
Vic Walker and his Band play at the TA Drill Hall, Haslar.
December 9th Saturday, Portsmouth's Glee Club Christmas Concert at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road with full orchestra and chorus.
Alf Hallman and his Orchestra play at South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
At the Drayton Institute, for the St John's Ambulance, dancing to the Kelston Players.
December 11th At the Kings Theatre, Freda Jackson performs in “Desire Shall Fail”. At the Theatre Royal, Anne Shelton and Dick Henderson are the attraction. At the Empire Theatre, Adelaid Hall stars in Harlem to Piccadilly.
December 12th The Peter Stuart Trio, comprising Trevor Clark(violin), Peter Stuart(viola), and Gwladys Ro(piano) with Lily Vail(soprano) and Miss Tizzard(piano) give a concert performance to the Milton Glee Club.
December 13th Leonard Leslie's Band play at the South parade Pier for the British Rail Staff Dance.
December 14th The Portsmouth Players give an old time variety show the Portsmouth Volunteer Association for the Blind at the Wesley Central Hall.
December 15th Nat Temple and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Teddy Hanks and his Band play at the Forrester’s Hall Fratton Road.
Johnny Scott and his Band present, modern jive and old time dancing at All Siants Hall.
December 16th Saturday, At the South Parade Pier for Leetham's Annual Dance, Jimmie Kerr and his Ampton Orchestra of AFN.
Alf Hallman and his Orchestra play at Petersfield Town Hall.
Audrey Jeans, back from an Australian tour, is to play Prince Charming in Cinderella at the New Theatre Oxford.
December 19th Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Leonard Leslie's Old time Orchestra play at the Empress Club.
December 21st In the minor hall on South parade Pier, Billy Bennetts Band play.
The Portsmouth Jazz Club hold a social in the in their clubroom in Thomas Street, Landport and listen to a local jazz band making their first appearance.
December 22nd Teddy Hanks band play at the Forrester’s Hall Fratton Road and celebrate their 15th birthday!
December 23rd Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier. Tito Burns and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 26th At the Kings Theatre, Jack and the Beanstalk, at the Empire Theatre, Aladdin.
At the Theatre Royal, Burton Lester's Midgets, 20 living doll people, plus Cooper's Festival Fountains. Three performances daily.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the South Parade Pier.
December 29th Eric Winstone plays at the Savoy Ballroom.
At the RAFA Club Cosham, Kay O'Dee and her players with Doris Westaway.
December 30th Saturday, The Melodymakers Dance Orchestra play at the Drill Hall, Haslar for the Royal Signals Carnival Dance.
December 31st For the first time since January 10th 1941 when Clarence Pier was burnt out by fire bombs, the small ballroom holding 250, is re-opened and holds the first of many private functions.

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