Portsmouth Music Scene


The Portsmouth Music Scene
1952


1952

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11 February 1952

January 1st Sydney Thompson's Old Time Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
January 2nd Over the past 12 months, 'The Melody Mixtures', from Gosport have entertained patients at local hospitals. Their Chairman Mr. E Paradise, their musical director Miss J Sullen.
January 4th Chris Barber's New Orleans Jazz Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Merry mascots Concert Party perform Dick Whittington at St Peter's Hall.
January 5th Saturday, Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
January 7th Anne Shelton and Semprini head the show at the Theatre Royal.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 10th Leonard Leslie's Orchestra Play on the South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
January 11th Tito Burns and his Sextet play on South Parade Pier.
The Saints Jazz Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Versatile Six play at the gymnasium, St George Barracks Gosport.
January 12th Saturday, Dick Whichello and his band, play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
At the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville, Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing.
City engineers have now passed the South Parade Pier 'safe' after repairs to storm damage from December 28th 1951. 700 would be dancers were turned away on New Year’s Eve.
January 14th At the Theatre Royal, Bob and Alf Pearson, and Michael Bentine perform.
Sid Phillips and his Radio Orchestra play for dancing at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 18th The Johnny Dankworth Seven with Frank Holder and Cleo Laine, play on South Parade Pier.
At Unity Hall, dancing to the DP Versatiles Band.
January 21st At the Theatre Royal, Sid Millward and the Nitwits, also Saveen and daisy May and G H Elliott perform.
January 23rd At the Conservative Hall Fratton Road, the Masters Orchestra play for dancing.
January 25th Nat Temple and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Jack Parnell and his 14 piece Music Makers play at the South Parade Pier.
January 26th Saturday, At the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville, Nancarrow's Orchestra play for dancing.
Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at St Faith's Hall, Havant.
January 28th Singer Teddy Johnson, accompanied by Norrie Paramour, performs at the Theatre Royal.
Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
January 30th Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
January 31st Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
Ralph Sharon and his Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.

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2nd August 1952

February 1st The Mayfair Orchestra play at the RAFA Club at Cosham.
Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Rocky Mountain Boys play for Western Square Dancing at the Odeon Ballroom, Cosham.
February 2nd Saturday, At Drayton Institute, Leonard Leslie's Trio play for dancing.
At Emsworth British Legion Hall, music from Teddy Wilcox and his Artists and your favourite instrument, the Clavioline.
Dick Whichello and his Orchestra play at Rowlands Castle Parish Hall.
February 4th Billy Cotton and his Band, with Alan Breeze, play at the Theatre Royal.
The Frivolities Concert Party perform at St Saviour's Hall Strode Road.
February 5th Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Empire Ballroom.
February 8th Leonard Leslie and his old Time Dance Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
Arthur Rowberry and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
February 9th Saturday, The Rocky Mountain Boys play for Western Square Dancing at the Odeon Ballroom, Cosham.
Portsmouth City Fire Brigade Band with bandmaster E E Johnson. are declared 'Wessex Champions for 1952' in Southampton.
February 11th At the Theatre Royal Trumpeter Eddie Calvert, and the Malcolm Mitchell Trio entertain.
February 13th A renewed publican's license is granted for the Embassy Ballroom despite objections from several public houses, particularly the Royal Exchange situated opposite.
February 14th British Railways Staff valentine's Ball at the South Parade Pier with Leonard Leslie's orchestra, and Billy Bennett's Band.
February 15th Kenny Baker and his band play at South Parade Pier.
Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight, with Jimmy 'Jolson sings again' Day, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At The Waterloo Hall Waterlooville, Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing.
Leonard Leslie and his Old Time Dance Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
February 16th Saturday, Madame Courtney and her Juvenile Accordion Band broadcast on BBC Radio's Children's Hour.
Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
February 17th At the Kings Theatre, a municipal concert with the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Herbert Menges and soloist Harriot Cohen(pianoforte).
February 18th Mr. Harry Ingemells of 33, Wycombe road Landport, an accordionist and singer, broadcasts on Carroll Discoveries BBC Radio show. Before the war, he appeared on the Coliseum Portsmouth stage and was known at the Portsmouth Street Singer.
The Portsmouth Rhythm Club present Johnny Lyne and his Music at the Conservative Hall, Fratton Road.
February 22nd Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Jack Parnell and his Music Makers play at the South Parade Pier.
February 23rd Saturday, The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society perform the "Dream of Gerontius" at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
February 26th Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
February 28th Leonard Leslie and his old Time Dance Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
February 29th Joe Loss and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Jimmy Leach and his Organolians play at the South Parade Pier.
Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
Nancarrow's Orchestra play at the Waterloo Hall Waterlooville.
Teddy Wilcox and his Radio Artists play at the Emsworth Legion Hall.

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11th July 1952

March 1st Saturday, Teddy Wilcox and his Radio Artists play at the Emsworth Legion Hall.
March 3rd Anton Karas, the zither man, appears at the Theatre Royal.
March 4th At the Tramway Hall, North End, Madame Canaway's Adults and Juveniles give an accordion concert.
Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Empress ballroom.
March 6th Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier.
March 7th Kimbells announce the formation of a Square Dance Club.
Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Jimmy James Orchestra plays for dancing at the Drill Hall, Fareham.
Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
March 8th Saturday, Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
Teddy Wilcox and his Radio Artists begin a regular Saturday night appearance at the Emsworth Legion Hall.
Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
March 10th At the Theatre Royal, comedian Jimmy James, and the Five Smith Brothers, appear.
Savoy and Kimbells have Staff dance, the only employees working were Benny Freedman and his band. Mr. George B Turner was the MC.
March 11th Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
March 13th The Jimmy James Orchestra play at Kimbells Clifton Ballroom for the 'Daedalus' old time dance committee.
March 14th The new resident summer orchestra at the South Parade Pier, Davy Jones and his Nautical Orchestra, broadcast on the BBC light Programme.
Tito Burns and his Sextet play at the South Parade Pier.
Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
March 15th Saturday, Freddie Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
March 17th At the Theatre Royal, Old Mother Riley, otherwise known as Arthur Lucan, is seen in 'Going Gay'.
The Entr'acte Players, directed by violinist Ivor Croker, entertain at the Portsmouth Music Club at the Central Library.
March 21st Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Squadronaires Dance Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
The St Cecelia singers, directed Mr. R. Wassell, who sing Tudor music, sing to the Portsmouth Business and Professional Women's Club.
Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
March 24th Alfred Marks and Julie Andrews appear at the Theatre Royal.
March 25th 200 blind people were entertained by the Irvin Millen Light Orchestra at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
March 27th Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier.
March 28th The Blue Rockets Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Sid Millward's Nit Wits appear at the South Parade Pier.
At the Connaught Drill Hall Fareham, the Jimmy James Orchestra play for dancing.
March 29th Saturday, The Portsmouth Choral Union give their 58th annual performance of Handel's Messiah at the Northern Grammar School Hall.
At Haslar Drill Hall, the Marinaires play for dancing at the Royal Signals dance.
March 31st Vic Oliver appears at the Theatre Royal.
April 1st Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
April 2nd Benny Freedman and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom for the Young Conservatives Annul Dance.
April 3rd The Jerry Allen Sextet play at the South Parade Pier.
Carl Barriteau and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 4th Leonard Leslie and his Old Time Orchestra play at The Embassy Ballroom.
April 5th Saturday, Dick Whichello and his Band play the parish hall Rowlands Castle.
Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall.
April 7th Tessie O'Shea, plus Wilson Kepple and Betty, Cardew Robinson and Dick Henderson junior appear at the Theatre Royal.
April 8th Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
April 10th The Wolverines Jazz Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 11th Good Friday. Milton Glee club perform, 'The last Judgment' at St James Church, Milton.
Portsmouth Glee Club perform Handel's Messiah at London Road Baptist Church. Soloists include Reg and Dorothy Wassell.
At the Forum Cinema Gosport, the Gosport Orchestra and BBC singing star Carole Carr perform in concert.
Good Friday on South Parade Pier, Del Mondi, the BBC Accordion Virtuoso.
Commencing Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Gordon Banner at the wonder organ in the Palm Court at South Parade Pier.
April 14th Diana Dors appears at the Kings Theatre.
Joe Daniels and his All Star Band play at the South Parade Pier.
April 17th The Portsdown Music Guild perform 'Tom Jones' at Christ Church Hall, Widley.
April 18th Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and Gordon Banner to play at the South Parade Pier.
April 19th Saturday, The Marinaires Dance Band play at the Haslar Drill Hall for the Royal Signals dance.
April 20th Jacques Vallez, the wizard of the saw, performs in the Palm Court on South Parade Pier.
April 21st Phyllis Dixey appears at the Theatre Royal.
April 23rd The majority of the 150 members of the Portsmouth Special Constabulary attended a dance at the Strand Restaurant, Southsea. Mrs. Nash and her Orchestra played for dancing.
April 25th Jack Parnell and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
Geraldo and his Music Makers Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 26th Saturday, The Portsmouth Glee Club perform a Spring Concert of popular classics at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
April 28th At the Theatre Royal, Max Wall, Beryl Reid, and the Hedley Ward Trio entertain.
At the Kings Theatre, Goodnight Vienna is performed.
April 29th Leonard Leslie and his Music play at the Empress Ballroom.

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13th November 1952

May 1st A monthly concert for the City's blind was given at the Wesley Central Hall, by the Salvation Army.
May 2nd Teddy Foster and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Johnny Dankworth Seven play at the South Parade Pier.
A Grand Opening Dance at the British Legion Fratton Bridge with Roy Bridger and his Sextet.
May 3rd Saturday, Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
At the Parish Hall, Rowlands Castle, The Tony Wooley Orchestra play for dancing.
The Leonard Leslie Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
May 5th The 21st Portsmouth Musical Competition Festival, organised by Miss Florence Greaves, begins at Buckland Congregational Church, Queens Road.
May 9th Humphrey Lyttleton and Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 10th Saturday, The Portsmouth Choral Union present a grand choral and orchestra concert at the Northern Grammar School, which included Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto.
May 12th 14 year old Portsmouth Xylophonist, Joan St Paul, broadcasts on BBC radio program 'Up and coming'.
May 13th Sunnydale Old Time Dance club starts at Hilsea Lido.
Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
May 14th The Portsmouth Players present 'Rose Marie' on South Parade Pier.
May 16th Arthur Rowberry and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
May 17th Saturday, The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society present a Beethoven Concert at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
May 19th Teddy Hanks Band play at St Michael's Church Hall, Paulsgrove.
Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
May 23rd Nat Temple and his Radio Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The farewell dance for Alf Hallman and his Band at the Empress Ballroom.
Leonard Leslie and his Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
May 24th Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Music start their residency at the Empress Ballroom.
May 25th Harmonica player Tommy Reilly appears at the Palm Court on South Parade Pier.
May 26th At the Kings Theatre, Ivor Novello’s, 'Kings Rhapsody'.
Derek Roy and Eve Boswell appear at the Theatre Royal.
Over the next four day, a series of Massed Concerts by children as part of the Portsmouth Schools Music Festival, at the Gymnasium in the Royal Naval Barracks.
May 28th The Orpheus Singers give a concert to the blind at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
May 30th Freddie Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Young Portsmouth Xylophonist Joan St Paul, has landed a place with Thelma Hammond's Ladies Orchestra at Scarborough, and is having daily schooling before taking part in the show.
Former Eastney Barracks band boy, Davy Jones, has now formed his own band, Davy Jones and his Nautical Orchestra, and they will play on the new deck band stand theatre on South Parade Pier through the summer season.
Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
May 31st Saturday, The new open air theatre on the South Parade Pier deck is used for the first time.
Nancarrow's Band play at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville for the Waterlooville British Legion.
June 1st The George Mitchell Glee Club perform at the South Parade Pier.
June 2nd Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
June 3rd Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
June 5th Roy Bridger's Band play at the Unity Hall, St John's Road for a 'select flannel dance'.
June 6th Ted Heath and his Music play at Savoy Ballroom.
June 7th Saturday, The Halle Orchestra, conductor Sir John Barbirolli, play at the Northern Grammar School in Mayfield Road.
June 9th The Doyle Carte Company present a selection of Gilbert and Sullivan operas at the Kings Theatre.
June 10th The Band from the Portsmouth Citadel play at the Salvation Army Music Festival at the Albert Hall in London.
Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
June 12th Timothy Whites and Taylors re-opens in Commercial Road, after being blitzed in the war, on the very site that it started in 1848.
June 13th Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 14th Saturday, Leonard Leslie's Trio play for dancing at Drayton Institute with proceeds to st John's Ambulance. MC Mrs. Pocklington.
Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
June 16th At the Theatre Royal, pianist Winifred Atwell and comedian Jimmy Wheeler, plus Kay Cavendish perform.
June 17th Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.

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1952 Coronation Party Band in Portsmouth, but who were they?

June 20th Geoff Love and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
June 22nd The Squadronaries play on South Parade Pier.
June 23rd Dr Crock and his Crackpots appear at the Theatre Royal.
June 24th Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
June 26th 'Showtime' opens on South Parade Pier with singer Harry Secombe and the Three Monarchs comedy harmonica team.
Madame Courtney and her Accordion Band entertain at Haslar Hospital.
June 27th Carl Barriteau and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At Lee Tower Ballroom, the Johnny Mack Quintette play for dancing.
Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at the Embassy Ballroom.
June 29th Syd Phillips and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
June 30th At the Kings Theatre, Cardew Robinson performs in No No Nanette.
Adelaide Hall sings at the Theatre Royal.
July 4th Teddy Foster at the Savoy Ballroom.
15 year old David Darvill, a pupil at the Southern Grammar school, of 19 Esslemont Road, Portsmouth is the new solo accordion champion of the South of England.
July 5th Saturday, Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
July 6th Jan Ralfini and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
July 7th Reg Varney appears at the Theatre Royal.
Ron Male's Jazzmen play for the Portsmouth Rhythm Club at the Conservative Hall, Fratton Road.
July 11th Vic Lewis and his 14 Piece Orchestra play at the Savoy ballroom.
July 12th Saturday, Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
July 14th Michael Dennison and Dulcie Gray appear in 'The Fourposter' at the Kings Theatre.
Frankie Howerd and Max Geldray appear at the Theatre Royal.
Johnny Lyne and his Music are to take part in the Amateur Dance Band Championships at Bognor, together with a young Portsmouth amateur group, The Modernaires quartet. They, plus the Ron Male Jazz Band play at the Portsmouth Rhythm Club meeting at the Conservative Hall Fratton Road.
July 15th Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
Frankie Howerd visits Haslar Hospital's Erroll Hall, his third visit, where almost a full sized show from the Theatre Royal was performed.
July 18th Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 19th Saturday, Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
July 20 Tito Burns and his Band, with Terry Devon, play on South Parade Pier.
July 21st At the Theatre Royal, 'Moulin Rouge' with the George Mitchell Glee Club, and Jimmy Clitheroe.
At the Kings Theatre, 'Festival ballet', several different productions under artistic director Anton Dolin.
July 22nd Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
July 23rd Boxing, Stan Parkes, born 2nd May1927 a lightweight resident and born in Birmingham,UK, who had won 18 (KO 12) + lost 36 (KO 5) + drawn 3 = 57, fought at 140½lbs v. Jack Armstrong at 137½lbs. Parkes won on points.
July 25th Roy Fox and his 14 piece Orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom.
Portsmouth whistling entertainer Bobby Collins is with the Alan Randall Show at Blackpool all summer.
Produced by Reg Aldrige, the Frivolities Concert Party entertain at Haslar Hospital. Those involved included eight year old Graham Hunt on drums and xylophone.
July 26th Saturday, Nancarrow's Trio play at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville for the British Legion dance.
July 27th The Gosport Municipal Orchestra, with violinist Tom Jenkins play on South Parade Pier.
July 28th The Johann Strauss Musical, 'Gay Rosalinda' is performed at the Kings Theatre.
The Folies Bergere Revue is at the Theatre Royal.
July 29th Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at the Empress Ballroom.
August 1st Nat Temple and his Radio band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At St George's Barracks Gosport, dancing to the Versatile Six.
August 2nd Saturday, Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
August 3rd Three jazz bands play at the South Parade Pier, Mick Mulligan and his New Magnolia Band, Chris Barber and his New Orleans Jazzmen and The Crane River Jazz Band.
August 4th Cole Porter's 'Kiss me Kate' is at the Kings Theatre.
The Teddy Hanks Band, plus cabaret by Jean Carter, play at St Michael's Church Hall Paulsgrove.
August 8th Freddie Randall and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 9th Saturday, The London Philharmonic Orchestra give a concert at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
August 10th Jack Parnell and his Music Makers play at the South Parade Pier.
August 15th Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.

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28th November 1952

August 18th Irish tenor Joseph Locke appears at the Theatre Royal.
August 22nd Harry Parry and his Sextet play at the Savoy Ballroom,
August 23rd Saturday, Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
The 'gems' concert Party perform at All Saints Church Hall.
August 25th Jerome Kern's 'Sally' is performed at the Kings Theatre.
Ann Shelton appears at the Theatre Royal.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Johnny Lyne and his Orchestra play for the Portsmouth Rhythm Club at the Conservative Club Fratton Road.
August 26th The Social Section of the Portsmouth Passenger Transport employees Social, Athletic, Sick, and Benevolent Society raise £10.2s.2d for the Lord Mayor's appeal with a concert of assorted acts supported by the Vagabonds Orchestra..
August 27th the Portsmouth Military band founded in 1948 by Mr. W J Pugsley, changes it's name to the Southsea Silver Band and will also change from military music to brass band music.
August 29th Geoff Love and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Portsmouth girl Julie Sunman of 23, Gruneisen Road is appearing in the 'Eve' Cabaret show in Paris.
September 1st at the Theatre Royal, Joy Nichols, Wally Petersen and Bill Waddington in 'Take it from here'
At the Kings Theatre, musical comedy, 'Maid of the Mountains'.
Randolph Sutton appears at the Empire Theatre.
September 5th Nat Temple and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 6th Saturday, Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
Portsmouth born Edna Targett, who has played principal boy in Sleeping Beauty, a recent Dockyard pantomime, has passed the BBC audition.
ad in the Evening News, Alf Hallman and his Orchestra looking for winter work, 264 Hawthorn Crescent, Cosham.
September 7th Sid Phillips and his band play on South Parade Pier.
The Ken Dell Orchestra play at the Petersfield Jazz and Dance Club meeting at the Heroes Public House at Waterlooville where they meet each Sunday.
September 8th Laurel and Hardy appear at the Theatre Royal, supported by comedian Harry Worth.
Roy Bridger and his Band play at the Unity Hall for the Labour League of Youth.
Mrs. Helena Proctor and Mrs. Florence Millard entertained with guitar and mandolin respectively with old time ballads, on a Cosham Darby and Joan trip to Eastbourne.
September 12th Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 13th Saturday, the Ace Quartet play at the Angerstein Hall for the Labour party dance.
September 14th A Celebrity Concert at the Theatre Royal features the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the Portsmouth city Police Choir.
Farewell performance of Davy Jones at the South Parade Pier.
September 15th At the Kings Theatre The musical Brigadoon.
At the Empire Theatre, Cinderella on ice.
At the Theatre Royal, Gypsy Rose Lee, the original strip tease girl.
September 17th Harry Masters and his Orchestra play at a dance at '326 Fratton Road'.
September 19th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 20th Saturday, Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
Alf Hallman's Music play at the Rowlands Castle parish hall.
Johnny Lyne and his Orchestra, winners of the South Coast Dance Band amateur Championship at Bognor Regis, repeated their success in the South of England finals in London, and are now eligible for the all England amateur Championship.
Roy Bridger and his Band play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
September 21st The Gosport Municipal Orchestra and singer Gwen Catley, are in concert on the South Parade Pier.
September 22nd Portsmouth Players present 'Hit the Deck' at the South Parade Pier.
Sunnydale Old Time Dance Club starts at the Hilsea lido.
At the Theatre Royal, Lancashire's Ambassador of Mirth, Norman Evans, entertains.
September 26th Reggie Goff and his Sextet, with saxophonist Jimmy Skidmore, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Bob Hinton's Quartet play for the Gosport and Fareham Rhythm and Social Club at the Gosport Trades Union Hall.
September 27th Saturday, Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
A new resident band at the Empress Ballroom, Ronnie Caryl, his trumpet and Broadcasting Band.
Alf Hallman's Music play at the Rowlands Castle parish hall.
September 29th At the Theatre Royal, Issy Bonn, Eddie Calvert Tony Hancock and the Malcolm Mitchell Trio entertain. Carousel, with Edmund Hockridge as Billy Bigelow, is performed at the Kings Theatre.
The Peter Stuart Quartet play at the Portsmouth Music Lover's Club meeting at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
September 30th At the first meeting of the Dormington Road Coronation celebration Club, dance music was provided by the Transport Orchestra at Wymering British Legion Hall.
October 3rd Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Mr. Herbert William Cable is the new manager at the Empire Theatre.
Gordon Banner, the organist from South Parade Pier, plays at the Petersfield Town Hall.
October 4th Saturday, Portsmouth's young xylophone player Joan St Paul broadcasts on the BBC Home Service radio, her fourth broadcast this year.
Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
The Merry Mascots Concert Party entertain at St Mary's Institute Fratton Road.
October 5th A series of Municipal concerts begin again at the Kings Theatre with a performance by the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra and Sheila Randall.
October 6th The Portsmouth Rhythm Club holds it's meeting at the Sir Robert Peel, St Vincent Street, near Hyde Park Road, with music from Ron Male's Jazzmen.
Donald Peers makes an appearance at the Theatre Royal, the manager there is Mr. C. A. Paice.
Tom Hanks band play at St Michael's Church Hall, Paulsgrove.
The Milton Glee Club give a concert at the Wesley Central Hall in aid of the Portsmouth Postwar Brotherhood Old Folk Christmas Party.
October 10th Carl Barriteau and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Galaxy Concert Party entertain patients at the Erroll Hall at Haslar Hospital.

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The legend that is Terry Flynn, first Evening News mention of his name was October 18th 1952. He presumably started playing several years before. This photo shows him in 2012 at the Hilsea Lido playing the the Dave Pearson Big Band.

October 11th Saturday, The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society perform Mendelsshon's 'Elijah' at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
At the Unity hall, Dancing to Terry Flynn and his Band, admission 1s.6d.
Ad in the Evening News, Bands and Entertainers supplied, Portsmouth Bands Agency, 5335 after 6.30pm.
October 13th Harold Davidson and his Old Time Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At the Theatre Royal, Dorothy Squires appears.
At the Empire Theatre, Carroll Levis 'Showstoppers' discoveries, includes singer Alan Vinesse, accordionist 'Bunky' Harrison both from Portsmouth and the Gosport Haggard family of bell-ringers.
Death announced of John Ord-Hume, age 90, at 33 Meon Road Portsmouth, bandmaster and composer of the of the Green Howard's regimental march.
October 14th Dancing at the Rock Gardens Pavilion to the Broadway Orchestra.
October 15th Wally Fry and his Collegians are joined by The Broadway Orchestra at the South Parade Pier for the Portsmouth Labour Party Annual Dance.
October 16th ad in the Evening News;- Billy Norman and his Orchestra featuring the 'Electrawaiian' now booking for winter season, Woodlands Lane, Hayling Island 77329.
October 17th Geraldo and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The manager of the Empire Theatre, Mr. W.E.B. Slater, retires after 50 years in show business.
Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the St George's Church Hall.
October 18th Saturday, The Portsmouth Glee Club perform Edward German's 'Tom Jones' at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
Roy Bridger and his Band play at St Faith's Hall, Havant.
At the Unity Hall, dancing to Terry Flynn and his Band.
October 19th A coach load of young people travel with Terry Flynn and his Quintet to dance to and watch them play at Bishops Waltham Drill Hall.
October 20th Harry Roy and his Radio Band Show appear at the Theatre Royal.
October 23rd At the South Parade Pier, Leonard Leslie's Orchestra and Reg Bannistra's Band play for dancing at the British Railways Staff Carnival Ball.
Roy Bridger's Band play at the Unity Hall.
October 24th Geoff Love and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 25th Saturday, Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
Alf Hallman's Orchestra play at the Parish Hall Rowlands Castle for the Labour Party Dance.
At the Unity hall, dancing to Terry Flynn and his Band.
October 27th Musical comedy 'Florodora' at the Kings Theatre.
Comedian Freddie Frinton appears at the Theatre Royal.
October 28th Dancing at the Rock Gardens Pavilion to the Broadway Orchestra.
October 29th Two bands entertained at the Portsmouth Rhythm Club meeting, Pianist/Blues singer Doreen Nutter was guest with Ron Male's Jazzmen, and Altoist Dick Whichello Jr. with the Terry Flynn Quartet.
October 31st Teddy Foster and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The farewell night for Frank Abbotts Orchestra at the Embassy Ballroom.
Milton Glee Club celebrate their Fourth Birthday at St James Church Hall.
November 1st Saturday, Drummer Gene Mayo and his ten piece Orchestra begin their residency and play at the Embassy Ballroom, he is a former England schoolboy football international and has played cricket for Kent Colts. His Orchestra includes The Oyam Dixielanders' and the 'Martin Davis Bop Group'.
Mrs. Ludman's Trio play for dancing at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
Irene Keen's Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
At the Unity Hall, dancing to Terry Flynn and his Band.
The Airspeed Singers give a concert at the Eastney Central Hall.
November 3rd Ivy Benson and her All Girl Orchestra play at the Empire Theatre.
Accordionist Chiz Bishop, of 17, Beecham Road Portsmouth, re-gains the All Britain Amateur Solo Piano-accordionist Championship.

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The Ted Heath Band playing at the Savoy ballrom, Southsea on 5th December 1952.

November 5th Roy Bridger's Band play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
November 6th From an Evening News article The cost of engaging the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra, or any other similar size orchestra, is so great that if all the seats in the Kings Theatre are filled, there is still a small financial loss.
November 7th Jimmy Leach and his Organolian Quartet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 8th Saturday, At the Unity hall, dancing to Terry Flynn and his Band.
November 10th The Deep River Boys appear at the Theatre Royal.
Teddy Hanks Band play for dancing at St Michael’s Church Hall Paulsgrove.
November 11th The Broadway Quartet play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
November 12th Paulsgrove Ladies Choir sing at the Music Lovers Club at the Wesley Central Hall.
November 14th Jimmy Walker's Quintet and Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom. The Jimmy Walker Quintet fail to turn up.
Vic Walker's Orchestra play for the Fareham Light Car Club Dance at the Drill Hall, Fareham.
November 15th Saturday, Roy Bridger's Band play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
November 17th At the Theatre Royal, Monsewer Eddie Gray and Arthur English appear.
November 18th The Broadway Orchestra play for dancing at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
November 20th Dancing to Ivy Benson and her Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
Freddie Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 21st The Harbour Lights Juvenile Concert Party, under the direction of Irene Harbour, with pianist Mrs. Vaughn entertain at the Haslar Hospital.
The Ken Dell Orchestra play at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
November 22nd Saturday, Leonard Leslie's Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Pompey Chimes Concert Party gave a concert at the MI ward of the Infectious deceases Portsmouth hospital.
At the Unity hall, dancing to Terry Flynn and his Band.
November 24th At the Theatre Royal, The Amazing doubles of Hollywood stars in 'Hollywood Party'.
Dancing to the Ace Quartet at the Angerstein Hall, North End.
The St Cecelia Singers perform at the Portsmouth Music Club. They are Reg and Dorothy Wassell, Joan Reynolds, Florence Brice, and John Ellison.
November 27th Ernest Wyatt of Queens Road are now running an L.P. Record Club.
November 28th Miss Chambers Old Time Music Hall at the Odd Fellows Hall.
Billy Ternent and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Portsmouth's 15 year old xylophonist, Joan St John is being asked back to Scarborough next summer after success this year. She is being considered for the Royal Orchestra at Westminster Abbey for the Coronation. She has completed nearly 300 public performances and will appear at the Portsmouth Theatre Royal next year.
November 29th Saturday, Alf Hallman and his Orchestra play at Rowlands Castle Parish Hall.
At the Unity hall, dancing to Terry Flynn and his Band.
Dancing to the Ace Quartet at the Angerstein Hall, North End.
At St George's Hall Waterlooville, square dancing to Wally Baker and his Rocky Mountain Boys.
Two men from Emsworth are given six months in jail for attacking Roy Smith, a musician in the band playing at St Faith's Hall Havant at a recent dance.

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A Pantomime at The Portsmouth Empire 1952-53 starring Dan Leno Jr. and Jessie Jewel who
played Principal Boy to Dan's Dame for a quite few years, including 1952-53 at Portsmouth

December 1st At the Theatre Royal, Tommy Cooper, Betty Driver, George Martin and Kenny Baker with Stan Tracy.
December 3rd Dancing to the Broadway Trio at St Mary's Mission, Somers Road North.
December 5th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 6th Saturday, Leonard Leslie's Orchestra plat at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
December 7th John Hanson sings with the Pavilion Palm Court Orchestra at the Clarence Pier Pavilion.
At the Unity hall, dancing to Terry Flynn and his Band.
Stan Matthews and his band play at the Rock Garden Pavilion.
December 8th At the Theatre Royal, Elsie and Doris Waters, The Four Aces, and “Daisy May” and Saveen perform.
The Dominoes Concert Party, under the direction of Ivy and Leo Rogers, entertain at St Mary's Hospital.
The Portsmouth Players give a concert for the local blind at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
December 11th The Broadway Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
December 12th Joe Loss and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 13th Saturday, "Johnny Lyne Modernaires" play at St Faith's Hall, Havant.
At the Unity hall, dancing to Terry Flynn and his Band.
December 15th Bob and Alf Pearson appear at the Theatre Royal.
December 18th at the South Parade Pier, Reg Bannistra and his Modern Music and Leonard Leslie's Old Time Orchestra play for British Railways Staff Festive Gala.
December 19th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 20th Saturday, The Portsmouth Choral Union give their 13th annual concert of carols and Christmas Music at the Northern Grammar School Hall. Headline in the News after the concert 'Fine performance bar the coughing'.
The Marinaires play for dancing at the Drill Hall, Havant.
At the Unity hall, dancing to Terry Flynn and his Band.
December 22nd Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang, 'Hutch', and Kitty Bluet appear at the Theatre Royal.
The Portsmouth Rhythm Club meet at the Sir John Peel in St Vincent Street, and hear music from Ron Male's Jazzmen, and Bournemouth Pine City Stompers.
December 26th Harold Berens stars in Dick Whittington at the Kings Theatre.
At the Empire Theatre, Dan Leno Jr. stars in Red Riding Hood.
Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 27th Saturday, Roy Bridger's Band play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
At the Unity hall, dancing to Terry Flynn and his Band.
December 29th Max Miller appears at the Theatre Royal.
December 30th At the Rock Gardens Pavilion, dancing to The Broadway Orchestra.
December 31st Barry Moseley and his Dance Orchestra play at the Royal Beach Hotel.
Dick Whichello and his Band play at Kimbells Osborne Road, with Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music.
At the Haslar Drill Hall, the Marinaires Dance Band play for dancing.
Roy Bridger's band play at the St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.

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