Portsmouth Music Scene


The Portsmouth Music Scene
1955


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Bennetts ventured into television in 1955

January 1st Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Music play on the South Parade Pier, with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
In the Pantomime at the Kings Theatre, Widow Twanky is played by Clive Dunn.
January 3rd At the Theatre Royal, Issy Bonn and G H Elliott appear.
Chris Allen and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy ballroom.
January 6th A British Medical Association Ball held at the Savoy Ballroom, had music from Benny Freedman and Roy Richards.
January 7th Freddy Randall and his Orchestra play a the Savoy Ballroom.
January 8th Saturday, The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Reg Bannistra and his Music play on the South Parade Pier, with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
The Sky Masters Band play at Hangar Grange Gosport.
January 10th Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Five Smith Brothers appear at the Theatre Royal.
January 14th Teddy Foster and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 15th Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music play on South Parade Pier, with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
Ad in the Evening News;- The Rhythmaires, available for engagements, contact Andrews, 36 Plymouth Street Southsea.
January 17th Harry Lester with his Comedians and Hayseeds appear at the Theatre Royal.
January 19th The Broadway Orchestra play at the Victory Hall Fratton Road.
January 21st Eric Delaney and his 14 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School Fareham.
January 22nd Reg Bannistra and his Music play on the South Parade Pier, with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
January 23rd Rawicz and Landauer appear with the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kings Theatre.
January 24th Norman Pearson and his Jazzband play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 26th The Broadway Trio play at Lee Tower.
January 28th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 29th Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music play on South Parade Pier, with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
January 31st Fred Emney and Robin Richmond with Organ appear at the Theatre Royal.
Phyllis Dixey appears at the Empire Theatre.
The Regal Five play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February Pompey players attend a social at the conservative Club in Fratton Road, where music is provided by Mrs Gwen Miller on Piano and Mr G Watts on drums.
February 4th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 5th Saturday, 13th Anniversary of the Portsmouth Music Club at the lecture hall of the Central Library. Songs from Reginald Wassell, Jean Brice with Ernest Zeffert on cello.
February 5th The Musick Makers play at St Mary's Institute, Fratton Road.
Reg Bannistra and his Music play on the South Parade Pier, with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School Fareham.
February 6th Sir Adrian Boult conducts the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kings Theatre.
February 7th At the Kings Theatre Barbara Kelly appears in Peter Pan.
At the Theatre Royal Frankie Howerd appears.
At the Empire Theatre 'Hollywood Stars' brings lok and sound a likes of Fred Astaire, Nat King Cole, Charlie Chaplin, Al Jolson and Betty Grable.
Portsmouth Music Lovers Club have a recital at their new headquarters 356 London Road North End.
Joe Brickell and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 9th Ad in the Evening News;- Savoy patrons please note, No jiving will be allowed on our Radio Band Friday Nights.
February 11th Ronnie Scott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 12th Saturday, the Portsmouth Philharmonic Society present 'Hiawatha' at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
Reg Bannistra and his Music play on the South Parade Pier, with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
February 14th The Skymasters Dance Band play at Hangar Grange Gosport.
February 17th The Musick Makers 8 piece Orchestra play at St Francis Church Hall, Leigh Park.
February 18th Johnny Gray and his Band of the Day play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 19th Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music play on South Parade Pier, with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
February 21st Billy Cotton and his Band, with Alan Breeze, play at the Kings Theatre.
Roy Richard's Mayfair Orchestra and Benny Freedman's Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 23rd The Broadway Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
Billy Cotton is ill and misses tonight's performance at the Kings Theatre, his place is taken by his nephew Laurie Johnson.
February 24th The British Railways Staff dance at the South Parade Pier has music for dancing by Reg Bannistra and his Music, plus the De Reske Orchestra.
February 25th Female trumpeter Gracie Cole and her all girl Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 26th Saturday, The Portsmouth Choral Union conducted by Bertram Bradshaw, present 'Grand Opera' at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
Billy Bennett and his Orchestra play the Connaught Ballroom in West Street Fareham.
Reg Bannistra and his Music play on the South Parade Pier, with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
The Hoods Band play at the Waterloo Hall, Waterlooville.
Billy Burkett and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Hall West Street, Fareham.
February 28th Joan Regan appears at the Theatre Royal.
At the Savoy Ballroom, Portsmouth's own Apex Jazzband perform.
March 2nd the Furnishing Trades Benevolent Ball at the South Parade Pier has Victor Sylvester and his Ballroom Orchestra, plus Wally Fry and his Collegians, providing the music for dancing.
March 4th The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School Fareham.
Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 7th Billie Anthony and Peter Cavanagh appear at the Theatre Royal.
The High Curley Stompers play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 8th The Broadway Trio play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
March 11th Dave Shand and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 12th Saturday, The Southern Counties Orchestra play at st Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Rowlands Castle Labour Party dance at the Parish Hall with music from The Cossachs.
March 13th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Cafe Continental, at Kimbells in Osborne Road.
March 14th Gerry Brown and his Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 17th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at Wallisdean School Fareham.
Bert Sharpe and his Music play at Lee Tower
March 18th Stanley Black and his 17 piece Broadcasting Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 19th Saturday, The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School Fareham.
Bern Harris and his Band play at RNAY Fleetlands, Gosport.
Johnny Lyne and his Music play on South Parade Pier, with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
March 21st The Top Five and their Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 24th The British Railways Staff dance at the South Parade Pier has music for dancing by Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus the De Reske Orchestra.
The Portsdown Music Guild present 'Tom Jones' at Christ Church Portsdown Hall.
March 25tth Sid Phillips and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 26th Saturday, Drayton Methodist Choral Society perform Handel's Messiah at Copnor Methodist Church, with Stanley Matthews organist and Reginald Wassell baritone.
Reg Bannistra and his Music play on the South Parade Pier, with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
March 27th The Portsmouth Philharmonic Societies fiftieth concert is presented at the Theatre Royal.
March 28th Gordon Banner and his Ballroom Organ play at the Parish Hall Portchester.
Sonny Comber and his band play at the Savoy Ballroom.

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April 18th Sid Millward and his Nitwits appear at the Theatre Royal.

April 1st The Kirchin Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Tubby Hayes and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
April 2nd Saturday, The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
At the Temple of Spiritualism in Victoria Road South, a musical retreat with a combination of Hammond organ, human voice and recordings.
The Sykmasters Orchestra play at Hangar Grange Gosport.
April 4th Sadler's Wells Ballet presents various performances this week.
Cy Laurie and his Jazz Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Gosport Municipal Orchestra play at the South Parade Pier, plus Gordon Banner on the Wonder Organ plays in the Cafe.
April 7th Norman Burns and his Sextet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 8th The Portsmouth Choral Union present Handel's Messiah at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
The Portsmouth Glee Club perform Mendelsshon's 'Elijah' at the London Road Baptist Church, Reginald Wassell was one of the soloists.
April 9th Saturday, The Eric Bernard orchestra play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
April 11th At the Kings Theatre, "The Jazz Train" Broadway's Smash Hit all negro musical.
At the Theatre Royal, Max Wall, Terry Hall and The Kentones appear.
Benny Freedman and his Orchestra and also Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra provide music for dancing at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 14th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 15th At the Titchfield Drill Hall S.S.A.S.F. 50th Anniversary ball, music from Graham Leslie's Band.
Geraldo and his 18 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 16th Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Music play on the South Parade Pier, with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
April 18th Sid Millward and his Nitwits appear at the Theatre Royal.
Norman Pearson and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 21st Brtitish Ralways Staff dance at the South Parade Pier with music from the Southern Counties Orchestra and Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra.
April 22nd Eric Winstone and his Broadcasting Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 23rd Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Music play on the South Parade Pier, with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
The Portsmouth Music Festival at Buckland Congregational Church, ends on a high note.
April 25th At the Air Balloon, Mile End, The Madhatters Band play for the Submarine Old Comrades Social.
Alan Hurst and his Band are the new attraction at the Empress Ballroom, direct from the Aquarium Ballroom, Brighton.
The Regal Five from London and Benny Freedman and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 27th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Lita Roza, Dave King, Mike and Bernie Winters and Mrs Shufflewick appear at the Theatre Royal.
April 29th Ted Heath and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At the Globe Theatre in the Royal Marine Barracks, Eastney, a variety concert presented by Madam Lester's moonbeams.
April 30th Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the RNAY Fleetlands.
May 2nd Lee Lawrence, Reg Varney and Arthur Haynes appear at the Theatre Royal.

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BBC Organist Elise Granados playing every evening at the Festival Lounge Bar, below the Savoy Ballroom, with new 'mine host' Bob Wells from the Royal Albion, Margate.
Chris Allen and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 7th Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the RNAY Fleetlands.
Billy Burkett and his Orchestra play at the Connaught Ballroom, West Street, Fareham.
May 9th Dickie Valentine appears at the Theatre Royal.
May 13th Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the RNAY Fleetlands.
Eric Delaney and his Band and his multi drum kit play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 14th Saturday, The Tony Crombie Orchestra play at Petersfield Town Hall.
The Portsmouth Young Peoples String Orchestra give a concert of varied classical pieces at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
Dickie Valentine is mobbed at Weston Hart's Arundel Street Shop.
May 16th Dennis Lotis appears at the Kings Theatre
May 18th The newly re-built Handleys Department store in Osborn Road opens.
May 19th Petula Clark make a personal appearance at the LDB store in Commercial Road.
May 20th Johnny Dankworth and his 20 piece Orchestra plus Cleo Laine, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Havant Rugby Club dance at Warners Holiday Camp Southleigh, has Frank Stocker and his Band providing the music.
The Southsea Dancing Festival will run from May 22nd to May 26th at the Savoy and Kimbells.
May 21st Saturday, Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the RNAY Fleetlands.
May 22nd On South Parade Pier, Frederick Curzon from the BBC plays the Wonder Organ.
May 23rd Alma Cogan appears at the Theatre Royal.
May 27th Gracie Cole and her all Girls Broadcasting Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 28th Saturday, Whit Saturday Jack Leon and his Orchestra are the new resident deck Orchestra at the South Parade Pier. Daily shows also from Doreen and he Delightful Puppets.
Alma Cogan makes a personal appearance at Weston Hart's Shop in Arundel Street.
The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School dance, Fareham
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Flying Angel Club, Fareham.
May 29th Ronnie Aldrich and the Squadronaires Dance Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
May 30th June Whitfield appears in From here to eternity at the Kings Theatre.
Phyllis Dixey appears in 'Girls Gorgeous girls' at the Empire Theatre.
At the Theatre Royal, Georgia Brown, Don Peters, Cherry Wainer and Wilson, Kepple and Betty appear.
Bill Cole's Club Quintet play at the Hilsea Lido.
May 31st Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.

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June 3rd Malcolm Mitchell's 16 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Jolly Rogers Concert party entertain the Over 40's club at Portsea Parish Institute.
The Harbour Lights Concert Party, under the direction of Irene Harbour, entertain old folk at St Bernards lodge Southsea.
June 6th Jimmy Wheeler and the Harmonica Rascals appear at the Theatre Royal.
Evelyn Laye appears in 'Wedding in Paris' at the Kings theatre.
The Cosham Happy Wanderers Concert Party entertain patients at Ward Four of Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Gerry Brown and his Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 10th Johnny Gray and his Band of the Day play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 13th Irish singer Joseph Locke appears at the Theatre Royal.
Cy Laurie and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 14th Ad in the Evening News;- Portsdown Inn, enjoy a drink in a musical atmosphere. Peggy on the Electric Organ.
June 15th The St Wilfred's Singers entertain at the Portsmouth Music Club meeting at the Central Library.
June 17th Ottilie Patterson sings with Chris Barber's Jazzmen at the Savoy Ballroom.
164 old folks from Horndean were entertained at the Parish Hall by the Gay Cameos from Twyford Avenue Community Centre in Portsmouth.
June 20th The High Curley Stompers play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 24th Ted Heath and his Music appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 25th Saturday, Twice nightly on the South Parade Pier, 'Ring out the bells' with Arthur English and Monsewer Eddie Gray
June 27th New resident Orchestra at the Empress Ballroom., Mick Mitchell and his Music featuring Tiny Nichols.
The Vancouver Boys' Band and comedian Jimmy James appear at the Theatre Royal.
Mike Kennedy and his Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 28th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 1st Frank Weir and his 16 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 4th Schubert's Lilac Time is performed at the Kings Theatre.
Terry Thomas appears at the Theatre Royal.
The Regal Five from London, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 8th Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 11th Sadler's Wells perform a varied programme at the Kings Theatre.
Neville Jackson and his Band plus Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 14th The Skymasters Dance Band play at the Hanger, Grange, Gosport.
The Raphael Sings plus Stanley Matthews piano and Ernest Barr violin play at St Georges Church Portsea.
July 15th Teddy Foster and his 20 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 17th The Eric Delaney Band play on South Parade Pier.
July 18th Eve Boswell, Leslie Sarony, Chick Murray and Maidie, plus Des O'Connor appear at the Theatre Royal.
Chris Allen and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.

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July 19th Twelve well known bands play at the Savoy Ballroom with proceeds to the Benevolent Branch of the Portsmouth Musicians Union.

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Summer season on South Parade Pier 1955

July 21st Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 22nd The Kirchin Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Portsmouth star Bobby Collins, now age 19, makes his TV debut on BBC TV 'Centre Show'
July 25th Vic Oliver and Leslie Welch appear at the Theatre Royal.
Joe Brickell and his Jazz Men play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 29th Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 30th Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Quartet play at the Savoy Ballroom, plus Benny Freedman and his Orchestra.
August 1st Freddy Faulkner and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play at Kimbell in Southsea with the Roy Richards Mayfair Orchestra.
August 2nd Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 5th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 6th Saturday, Jack Leon and his Broadcasting Orchestra, broadcast from the theatre on South Parade Pier.
August 7th Sid Phillips and his Band play on South Parade Pier.
August 8th Guys and Dolls is performed at the Kings Theatre.
Pianist Bill McGuffie plays at the Theatre Royal.
Portsmouth's Liddell Sisters appear on BBC TV Showcase.
August 9th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 12th The Tony Crombie Orchestra, with Annie Ross, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 14th Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band play on South Parade Pier.
August 15th Russ Henderson's Trinidad Band play at the Theatre Royal.
Billy Testini and his Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 16th The Broadway Quartet play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
August 18th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom
August 19th Malcolm Mitchell and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 22nd Dr Crock and his Crackpots appear at the Theatre Royal with Peter Butterworth.
Mike Kennedy and his Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 23rd Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 26th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 29th Kenneth Williams appears in The Buccaneer at the Kings Theatre.
Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom with Benny Freedman and his Orchestra.
August 30th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom with Benny Freedman and his Orchestra.
August 31st A 'Conduct the band contest' is held at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 2nd Chris Barber and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 5th Cy Laurie and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Deep River Boys, Bernard Miles and Harry Worth appear at the Theatre Royal.
September 9th Carl Barriteau and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 12th Gerry Brown and his Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 16th Freddie Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Jack Leon and his Orchestra play their last performance of the season on South Parade Pier.
September 19th Veck's Band play at Moose Hall St Ronan's Road.
Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr appear at the Theatre Royal.
David Darville, age 18, of 19 Esslemont Road, Southsea is Southern Area Accordion Champion for the second year running.
The Top Five, from London, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 20th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 21st Chris Barber and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom in a Jazz Jamboree.
Stan Matthews and his Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
At the Savoy Ballroom, The Melody Maker vocalist of the Year contest.
September 23rd The Kirchin Band (Basil and Ivor) play at the Savoy Ballroom.

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17th September 1955

September 24th Saturday, The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
September 26th Elsie & Doris Waters and the Maple Leaf Four appear at the Theatre Royal.
September 27th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 28th The Broadway Trio play at Lee Tower.
September 30th Frank Weir and his 17 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 1st Saturday, The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School dance, Fareham assisted by MC's Mr and Mrs Scott.
October 3rd The Portsmouth Players present 'Showboat' at the Kings Theatre.
David Hughes and Audrey Jeans appear at the Theatre Royal.
The Regal Five play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Billy Burkett and his Band play alongside Mick Mitchell and his Music at the Empress Ballroom.
October 5th The Broadway Trio play at the Victory Hall Fratton Road.
October 7th Ronnie Scott and his 20 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 8th Saturday, An Autumn Concert by the Milton Glee Club at the Wesley Central Hall, features BBC guest artist John Hanson.
Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School dance, Fareham assisted by MC's Mr and Mrs Scott.
October 9th The Municipal Concerts at the Kings Theatre restart with a concert by the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra and Myra Hess at the pianoforte.
October 10th The Carl Rosa Opera company perform a variety of operas at the Kings Theatre.
Billy Burkett and his Band play alongside Mick Mitchell and his Music at the Empress Ballroom.
Billy Testini and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 11th The Broadway Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
October 14th Dancing to the Modernaires Orchestra at the Flying Angle Hall Fareham.
Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 15th Saturday, Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
October 21st Eric Winstone and his Radio Band play at the Savoy Ballroom on a newly laid maple sprung floor.
At the Empress Ballroom, two band night with Mick Mitchell and his Music plus Billy Burkett and his Band.
October 22nd Saturday, The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society present the music of Tchaikovsky at the Wesley Central Hall, soloists include Reginald Wassell.
Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
October 24th At the Theatre Royal, a talent contest Portsmouth v Southampton.
American evangelist Billy Graham appears on film at the Troxy Cinema.
The Milenburg Jazzband appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
At the Empress Ballroom, two band night with Mick Mitchell and his Music plus Billy Burkett and his Band.
October 28th Malcolm Mitchell and his 18 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 29th Saturday, Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
October 31st Barry McCarthy and his Dixielands plus Benny Freedman and his Orchestra play at Kimbells as the Savoy Ballroom is privately booked.
Harry Lester's Comedians and Hayseeds appear at the Theatre Royal.
At the Empress Ballroom, two band night with Mick Mitchell and his Music plus Billy Burkett and his Band.
November 1st the Portsmouth Music Club meeting at the Lecture Hall in the Central Public Library heard from several local singers and performers including Ernest Barr violin and Stanley Matthews piano.
November 2nd Nearly 100 members of NALGO attend a dance at St Faith's Church Hall Havant with music provided by The Rhythm Ensemble with Mr L H Hayward as MC.
Patients at Netley Hospital were entertained by Southsea concert party The Astralites.
November 3rd British Rail Staff Dance at South Parade Pier with Southern Counties Orchestra and Reg Bannistra and his Music.
The Broadway Trio play at the Victory Hall, Fratton Road.
November 4th Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 5th Saturday, the Portsmouth Choral Union perform Mendelsshon's Elijah at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School dance, Fareham.
At the Empress Ballroom, two band night with Mick Mitchell and his Music plus Billy Burkett and his Band.
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November 6th At the Empress Ballroom, two band night with Mick Mitchell and his Music plus Billy Burkett and his Band.
November 7th Bill Maynard Terry Scott and Shirley Eaton appear at the Theatre Royal.
At the Empress Ballroom, two band night with Mick Mitchell and his Music plus Billy Burkett and his Band.
Joe Brickell's Jazzband play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
November 8th Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
November 9th Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
November 10th Portsmouth's Aeolian Choral Society celebrates it's tenth anniversary.
November 11th st John's College school pavilion fund concert at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road features soloists Bruce Trent and Helen Dyer.
Tommy Whittle and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 12th Saturday, Billy Birkett and his Band play at the Connaught Ballroom, Fareham.
The Portsmouth Glee Club celebrates it's silver jubilee.
Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
November 14th Chris Allen and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 16th Sydney Thompson and his Old Tyme Broadcasting Orchestra play on South Parade Pier.
November 18th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Ad in the Evening News states that;- Almost 35,000 members have learned dancing at the Court Ballroom.
November 19th Saturday, Reginald Wassell is a soloist in Handel's Oratorio 'Samson' at Drayton Methodist Church.
Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
November 21st Nat Gonella appears with Max Miller at the Theatre Royal.
The Phyllis Dixey Show plays at thue Empire Theatre.
The Ace Dance Band play at the Unity hall Arundel Street.
November 23rd Invitation talent contest, plus Eric Copsey at the Wonder Organ in the Palm Court on South Parade Pier.
Graham Leslie and his Music play at Kimbells.
November 24th Graham Leslie and his Music play at Kimbells.
November 25th Eric Delaney and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 26th Saturday, Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
Eric Delaney and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 27th World famous guitarist Segovia performs at the Kings Theatre with the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra.
November 28th Barry McCarthy and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.

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30th November 1955

November 30th The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society give a concert at Cathedral House Portsmouth with a violincello solos by Ernest Zeffert.
The site of the former Hippodrome Theatre in commercial Road is sold after five years of negotiations.
Portsmouth Licensing Justices rule that the juke box at Brad's Cafe 13 Greetham Street must not be played on Sundays.
December 2nd Ronnie Scott and his 20 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 3rd Saturday, Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
December 5th Billy Testini and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 6th Graham Leslie and his Music play at Kimbells.
December 9th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 10th Saturday, Max Jaffa, Reginald Kilbey and Jack Byfield appear with the Portsmouth Glee Club in a Christmas Concert at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall Havant.
Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
December 12th Portsmouth girl, 21 year old June Harvey of 2 Longs Road win the area finals of the "Vocalist of the year" contest at Brighton and will now take part in the UK finals at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Gerry Brown and his Dixielands play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 13th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 14th the Portsmouth Bach Society give a choral music concert at St Mary's Church.
December 15th Gosport's Harmonica Club meet Thursdays at the Rechabite Hall, Freemantle Road.
December 16th Malcolm Mitchelll and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 17th Saturday, Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
December 19th The Regal Five play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 20th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 23rd Joe Loss and his Orchestra play at thre Savoy ballroom.
Portsmouth born band leader and multi-instrumentalist Johnny Hawkins from Cosham, educated at St John's College, is now resident in Paris.
December 24th Saturday, Benny Freedman and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom with Graham Leslie and his Orchestra. The Graham Leslie Orchestra are advertised as also appearing at Kimbells the same night Mick Mitchell and his Music are joined at the Empress Ballroom by Barry McCarthy and his Jazzmen.
Two bands at the South Parade Pier, Wally Fry and his Collegians, plus Reg Bannistra with Johnny Lyne.
December 26th Red riding Hood is the panto at the Empire Theatre.
Panto Humpty Dumpty on Ice at the Kings Theatre.
Benny Freedman and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom with Graham Leslie and his Orchestra. The Graham Leslie Orchestra are advertised as also appearing at Kimbells the same night At The Theatre Royal Issy Bonn, Cardew Robinson and Mike & Bernie Winters appear.
December 29th Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 30th Teddy Foster and his Radio band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 31st Saturday, The Jimmy James Band play at Wallisdean School dance, Fareham.
At Kimbells, Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra are joined by The Lani Kris Hawaiian Quartet.
At the Savoy ballroom, Benny Freedman and his Orchestra are joined by The Lani Kris Hawaiian Quartet.

Strange bookings over the Christmas and New Year, did the Savoy and Kimbells bands really double up?
Good to see the Jimmy James Band continuing despite the death of Jimmy several years back.


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28th April 1955

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28th April 1955

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27th August 1955


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