Portsmouth Music Scene


The Portsmouth Music Scene
1958



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1958 January 3rd Sid Phillips and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 4th Dancing to Ronnie Keene and his Orchestra and Dean Maddison Jazz Group at the South Parade Pier.
Members of the St Mary's Women's Co-operative Guild, otherwise known as the 'Crazy Gang' all old age pensioners dressed in jeans, gay shirts and comic hats play skiffle at John Pounds Church followed by tea and community singing.
January 6th Don Rendell top tenor sax man at the Sunshine Inn for the Farlington Modern Jazz Club He is a member of the Ted Heath Orchestra and toured the UK with Stan Kenton in 1956.
January 8th Skiffle contest finals with seven groups on South Parade Pier for a £10.0.0d prize is won by The Checkers Skiffle Group.
January 10th Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Havant's Civic Ball has cabaret from the Tony Allen Skiffle Group, and items from members of the Portsmouth Players.
January 11th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Parish Hall Fareham.
Dancing to Ronnie Keene and his Orchestra and Dean Maddison Jazz Group at the South Parade Pier.
January 13th 300 blind people were entertained by members of the Portsmouth Players, and Bill Cole at the piano.
Senorita Elise Granados return to the Festival Bar playing the £3,000 Hammond Organ.
January 14th The Chiz Bishop Trio play at the Chichester Jazz Club, Bull's Head, Fishbourne.
January 15th Chas McDevitt and his Skiffle group, with Shirley Jackson, appear at the savoy ballroom. In fact it was Shirley Douglas and not Shirley Jackson as stated in the Portsmouth Evening News
January 17th Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 18th Dancing to Ronnie Keene and his Orchestra and Dean Maddison Jazz Group at the South Parade Pier.
January 20th Mike Glover and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
January 23rhd British Railways Staff Dance with the De Reske Orchestra and the Ronnie Keene Orchestra at the South Parade Pier.
January 24th Dr. Crock and his Crackpots play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at St Faith's Church Hall, Havant.
January 25th The Bostons Trio play at All Saints Church Hall.
Dancing to Ronnie Keene and his Orchestra and Dean Maddison Jazz Group at the South Parade Pier.
January 27th 200 blind people attended a social at the Oddfellows Hall, with music from the Leopards Skiffle Group from Hambledon, also Portsmouth Players and Bill Cole.
January 30th The 5 Gees Jazz Club at the White Hart Gosport present Don Watts.
January 31st Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra with Cleo Laine, play at the Savoy ballroom.
February 1st Ronnie Keene's Orchestra spell at the South Parade Pier ends, plus the Modern Jazzmen in the minor hall.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
February 2nd Southsea born, former Portsmouth High School pupil, soloist Mary Valentine plays pianoforte with the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kings Theatre for the opening c9oncert of the spring season.
February 3rd Chas McDivett Skiffle Group, and the Four Jacks from HMS Albion, play at the Empire Theartre.
New band at the South Parade Pier, Billy Duncan and his Dance Music.
Tubby Hayes play at the Sunshine Inn, Farlington.
February 4th 350 young people dance to the music of the Mike Glover Skiffle Group and Vic Trois and his Boys, at St Marks Church Hall. North End.
February 5th Organ Recital at All Saints Church by Winchester Cathedral organist Alwyn Surplice.
February 7th Cy Laurie and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The 5 Gees Jazz Club at the White Hart Gosport present Don Watts and Jimmy Marshall.
February 8th The New Orpheans Band play at the RAFA Club Cosham.
At John Pound's Church, John Durrant and Dawn Holder at two pianos in concert.
The Portsmouth Teachers String Orchestra, conductor Reginald Wassell, give a concert at the Christ Church Hall Portsdown.
February 9th The Nomads Skiffle Group and singer Maxine Daniels appear at the Empire Theatre.
Chas McDivett Skiffle Group, and the Four Jacks from HMS Albion, play at the Empire Theartre.
February 10th "Disc Doubles" at the Empire Theatre include Elvis, Mario Lanza, Frankie Vaughn, Ruby Murray, Liberace and Johnnie Ray.
February 14th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
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The Bern Harris band play at Lee Tower.
At the "Miss Valentine of Leigh Park 1958" competition, entertainment from the Kingfishers Skiffle Group.
February 15th Brahms Requiem is perform by the Portsmouth Philharmonic Society, orchestra leader Ernest Barr, soloists Sheila McShee and Reginald Wassell, at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
February 16th "Disc Jockey Jamboree" with Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis is shown at the Savoy Cinema Portsmouth.
February 17th Phyllis Dixey appears at the Empire Theatre.
The Four Jacks from HMS Albion appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 18th At Chichester Jazz Club, The Chiz bishop Trio, Chiz on piano, nelson peters bass, Keith Watts drums, also vibist Bill Le Sage is accompanied by Ken Bishop tenor, Doug Wheeler trombone, Bob Quinton piano, Arthur Ward drums and Joe English bass.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 19th The "Broadway Trio Orchestra" play at the Deveral Hall, Purbrook.
February 21st Alex Welsh and his Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
February 22nd The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
February 24th Dorothy Squires appears at the Empire Theatre.
The Gordon Trevor Quintet play mainstream jazz at the Eastney Tavern, Cromwell Road every Monday.
The Four Jacks from HMS Albion appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
Harry Klein, baritone from the Stan Kenton Band, plays at the Sunshine Inn, Farlington.
February 28th Mick Mullingan and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 2nd Joan Hammond sings at the Kings Theatre.
March 6th British Railways Staff Dance at South Parade Pier with The Southern Counties Orchestra and Billy Duncan and his Dance Music.
March 7th Ray Ellington and his Quartet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Rock'n'roll to the Mick Glover Group at Caesars Dance Club, 134 London Road (rear of Wains).
March 8th Recital at John Pound's Church with Jeffery Taylor baritone, Ernest Barr violin, John Durrant piano.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
At the South Parade Pier, Billy Duncan and his Dance Music are joined by Dean Maddison's Jazz Group.
The Southsea Silver Band gain 3rd place Southern Counties Area Band Championships at St Pancras Town Hall, London.
March 9th "The Big Beat", with Fats Domino is shown at the Gaumont Portsmouth.
March 10th At the Empire Theatre the Portsmouth Grand Opera Company present die Fledermaus.
Joe Harriott plays at the Chichester Jazz Club, backed by Ken Bishop tenor, Doug Wheeler trombone, Bob Quinton piano, Arthur Ward drums and Joe English bass.
March 11th "Jailhouse Rock" is shown at the Essoldo Cosham and Southsea and the Savoy cinema Portsmouth.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 14th The Betty Smith Quintet and the Dill Jones Trio play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
March 15th Billy Duncan's and his Dance Band are joined by Dougie Wheeler's Band at the South Parade Pier.
March 16th "Sing boy sing" with Tommy Sands is shown at the Troxy, Fratton Road.
March 17th Farewell appearance of Mike Glover and his Skiffle Group at the Savoy Ballroom.
Tommy Whittle play at the Sunshine Inn Farlington backed by George Austin guitar, Chiz Bishop piano, Ray Lott bass, Alan Greer drums. Also playing was the Mike Treend trio with Sammy Seall bass, Mike Kaye drums.
March 21st Eric Delaney and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 22nd The Portsmouth Choral Union, with orchestra leader Ernest Barr and conductor Bertram Bradshaw, one of the soloists is Reginald Wassell, perform Handel's Messiah, it's 64th year of this work, at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
March 24th The Leopards Skiffle Group play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 26th Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
March 27th More than 300 attend a Jazz Band Ball in conjunction with the Downbeat Jazz Club, with Mike Treend's Jazzmen, Mike Treend, Denny Puttman, Sammy Seall bass, Doug Wheeler trombone, Brian Taylor alto/clarinet, Tony Hart drums and Ronnie Coe and the Coehorts, play at Lee Tower.
At the Sunshine Inn, the resident musicians now to be known as the Sunshine Jazzmen, personnel is Red Cresdee clarinet, Chiz Bishop piano and Mike Kay drums with Bill Burkett trumpet, Ray Lott bass and a trombonist standing in for Puttman, Seall and Wheeler who will be at Lee Tower.
March 28th Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Club Quintet play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
March 29th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at Trinity Church Hall, Fareham.
Dean Maddison's Jazz Group play all week with Billy Duncan and his Dance Music at the South Parade Pier.
March 30th The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra play at the Kings Theatre.
April 2nd Brian Wilson and his Jazz Quintet play at the Richmond Hotel Lake Road, every Wednesday.
April 3rd The Tia Juana Jazz Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Reg Bannistra, drummer and bandleader, is re-elected Chairman od the South east district council of the Muscianís Union.
April 4th Good Friday The Portsmouth Glee Club perform a concert at the Wesley Central Hall, with soloists Isobel Baillie soprano, Reginald Wassell baritone and Stanley Mathews organ.
At the South Parade Pier, concert by pianist Roy Stevens, singer Lucille Graham, Carl Rosa Opera baritone Evan Thomas with Donald Thorne at the Wonder Organ.
April 5th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
April 7th Edna Savage sings at the Kings Theatre with Marty Wilde and his Wild-Cats, plus Little Johnny and the Teenagers.
Roy Richards and His Mayfair Music play at the Edelweiss Restaurant, at the Solent Hotel, South Parade.
April 8th The Portsmouth Music Festival runs until April 19th at Kingston Modern School for Girls.
Heat winners at Ricky's are the Rolling Ramblers.
April 10th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Madame Lester's Moonbeams perform at St Peter's Hall.
The Chichester Jazz Band Ball had music The Crescent City Jazz band from Portsmouth provided some of the music.
April 11th Surprise guest last week at the Dolphin Botley was Nat Gonella.
Rock 'as you like it' to the "Live Five" at Caesars Dance Club rear of Wains North End.
April 12th Organist Bernard Glover plays in the LDB Cafeteria in Commercial Road.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
April 13th "The Duke wore jeans" starring Tommy Steele is shown at the Savoy cinema and the Essoldo Southsea and Cosham.
April 14th The Carl Rosa Opera perform at the Kings Theatre.
The Checkers Skiffle Group play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 15th Johnny Dankworth's trumpeter Dickie Hawdon plays at the Bull's Head, Fishbourne, with the Ken Bishop Quintet. Bob Quinton piano did not appear last week so was replace by bill Cole, who will again deputize this week.
The Melody Four, girls from Portsmouth, Joyce Dunphy 16, Bobbie Rogers 17, Maureen Rogers(not sisters) 16 and June Martin 16 appear in BBC auditions on South Parade Pier, also Wendy Mercer 19, from the Cathedral Choir and accordionist Adrian Slade.

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21st April 1958 at the Empire Theatre.

April 17th Ron Rendell's Sextette play at the Savoy Ballroom.
British Railways Staff dance at South Parade Pier with the De Reske Orchestra and Billy Duncan and his Dance Music.
April 18th The Rolling Ramblers play at Ricky's.
April 19th The Circle Club, at Kimbells Corner House, presents a 'Jazz Jamboree'.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Aprtil 21st Portsmouth's Methodist Eisteddfod opens at Copnor Methodist Church Hall with 460 entries.
April 23rd A celebrity concert at Kimbells, Osborne Road arranged by Florence Graves for the Portsmouth Musical competition Festival includes Margaret Moncrief piano.
Brian Wilson and his Jazz Quintet play at the Richmond Hotel. Lake Road.
The Portsdown Music Guild at Christ Church on Portsdown Hill, brought it's ninth season of concerts to a close.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 24th Eddie Earworth's Jazz Group play at the Richmond Hotel.
Organist Bernard Glover play in the LDB Cafeteria in Commercial Road.
April 25th Don Lang and his Frantic Five play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Southsea Silver Band in concert at the Globe Theatre, Royal Marine Barracks, Eastney.
The new four manual organ at the Guildhall will cost upward of £15,000.
April 26th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Dean Maddison's Jazz Group play all week with Billy Duncan and his Dance Music at the South Parade Pier.
April 27th Donald Thorne plays at the Wonder Organ on South Parade Pier.
April 29th Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
April 30th Pianist Bill McGuffie is joined by Richard Murdoch and TV Cookery expert Marguerite Patten.
At Fareham assembly Hall, Teenagers Party Night with the Stoke River Boys and Ray Worley.
May 1st Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 2nd The Liddell Triplets appear on BBC TV with Cyril Stapleton and his Show Band Parade.
The Gordon Trevor Quintet and the Leopards Skiffle Group play at the Boar's Head Boarhunt.
May 3rd The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Dean Maddison's Jazz Group play all week with Billy Duncan and his Dance Music at the South Parade Pier.
May 4th Don Watts and Jimmy Marshall play jazz at the White Swan Gosport.
The Film, "6.5 Special" is shown at the Gaumont Portsmouth and Southsea.
May 5th Modern Jazz starts at Ricky's with the Ken Bishop Quintet and the Pete Moreton Quintet.
Cleo Laine performs in the world premiere of the play "Flesh to a tiger" at the Kings Theatre.
May 6th In a concert of three weeks ago at Christ Church Institute, Gosport, the winners Penny Nutt and the Waltons are to go on TV.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 8th The film "Words and music" with Perry Como and Judy Garland is shown at the Classic, Commercial Road.
Nat Gonella plays at the Sunshine Inn, Farlington.
Arthur and the New Bandwagoners play at Lee Tower.
The South Downe Light Opera company present "The Street Singer" at Trinity Church Hall, Fareham.

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Farlington Tradtional Jazz Club closed last night (9th May 1958) on a high not and it was played by the almost legendary trumpet idol of the 1930's, Nat Gonella, writes Spinner.
Nat, Farlington's first traditional guest star, was playing at the club's last session before it finishes for the summer.
Accompanied by the Sunshine Jazz men, the regular group, he produced the power, attack and humour which made him one of Britain's greatest jazz names.
His trumpet still has the " Satchmo " influence and so does his gravel voice these were the two qualities which gained him the title of `Britain's Louis Armstrong' before World War II.
After the war Nat faded into obscurity but, recently a number of critics among them Humphrey Lyttieton have been praising his trumpet work and questioning his absence from the jazz scene.
In the past few weeks, however, Nat has made a comeback and It was obvious at Farlirigton last night that there is still a quart of jazz in the pint- sized trumpet player.
Accompanying hlm were Doug Wheeler (trombone), Denny Putman (trumpet), Red Cresdee (clarlnet). Chiz Bishop (piano), Mike Kaye (drums),and Sammy Seall (bass).

May 9th Nat Temple and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 10th The Southsea Jewish Club hold their first charity dance at Kimbells with cabaret from Mavis Freeman, and Bobby Collins.
May 12th "Simply Heavenly", an all negro musical is staged at the Kings Theatre.
Don Rendell and the Arthur Ward Quintet play at Ricky's Club.
Sid Harris presents a new jazz group, including George Austin guitar and Mike Treend piano, at the Richmond Hotel.
May 14th George Austin and his jazz men play at the Richmond Hotel every Wednesday.
May 15th The Teddy Daws Band play at the Civil Service Club, Gosport.
May 16th Stan Mathews and his Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion for the Dairy Maid of Portsmouth Ball.
Dr, Crock and the Crackpots play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The first of the Schools Festival Concerts is conducted by Reginald Wassell.
The Peter Madsen Band play at Hilsea Lido for B. O. Morris Social Club.
May 17th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
May 19th The Schools Music Festival takes place at the Wesley Central Hall for 5 days.
May 20th The Seahorse Bars at Clarence Pier are now open.
May 21st Jazz at the Richmond Hotel with George Austin electric guitar, Ken Williams vibraphone, Mike Treend piano, Ray Lott string bass and Tony Hart drums.
May 22nd Jailhouse Rock is shown at the Victoria Cinema Portsmouth.
Sinah Warren Hotel and Holiday Camp opens.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 23rd Eric Delaney and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 24th Davy Jones Orchestra and Organist Donald Thorne play on South Parade Pier.
Bernard Glover plays the organ at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
May 25th Sid Phillips and his Band play on South Parade Pier.
The Southsea Silver Band play in the open air on Southsea promenade, at Childrenís Corner and will every two weeks.
May 26th John Hanson appears in The Desert Song at the Kings Theatre.
The Portsmouth Players present "Bless the bride" at the South Parade Pier.
The Astralites Concert party entertain holiday makers at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
May 27th Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 30 Don Rendell and his Sextette play at the Savoy Ballroom.
May 31st The Checkers Skiffle Group play in the cafeteria of the LDB.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
June 1st Jazz at the Empire Theatre with the Jazz Couriers, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott and the Dill Jones Trio.
At the Odeon Cosham, North End and Southsea, the film "The girl can't help it" with Jayne Mansfield, Little Richard and others.
June 2nd "Out of the blue" summer show on South Parade Pier.
June 3rd The Broadway Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 5th The Caesars Club, Tony Porter and the Be Bops play.
June 6th at Hillside Youth Club, Tony Porter and the Be Bops play.
Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
At the Southampton Music Festival, the Gosport Ladies Choir win the Freemantle Girls Club Challenge Cup and the Pirelli Challenge Shied for the third year in succession.
June 7th The Southsea Silver Band conducted by Mr. R Morgan, is one of 16 competing in the Open Brass Band Festival at Brighton.
Live Five/Mick Glover and his Rock'n'rollers play at Caesars Club, North End every Saturday and and Monday.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
The Theatre Royal is facing a new threat of closure.
June 8th Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band play on South Parade Pier.
"The Golden Disc" film with Terry Dene is shown at the Savoy Cinema Portsmouth.
June 12th Tony Eddowe's Qunitet play at Hurdle's Lounge, Cumberland Tavern, Eastney Road.
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June 13th George Brown and his Musicale Calypso play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Fridays and Monday at Caesars Club North End, Five Live, on Saturdays Tony Porter's Be Bops.
June 14th A Chamber Music Concert is given by Jeffery Taylor baritone and John Durrant piano at John Pounds Church.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
June 17th The Empire Theatre has been sold, and may disappear altogether.
The Broadway Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
June 19th Tony Eddowe's Qunitet play at Hurdle's Lounge, Cumberland Tavern, Eastney Road.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 20th Tony Kinsey and his Quintette play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The "Young at Heart" Concert Party entertained members of the Portchester Red Cross Darby and Joan Club at the Parrish Hall.
June 21st The Five Live Rock'n'rollers play at the Circle Club, at the Rock Gardens Pavilion, with Daphne Ashdown, Brett Connors, Dirk Masters, Gary Hayman and his boogie piano and the Gordon Trevor Band. The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
June 22nd Terry Lightfoot and his jazzmen featuring Johnny Bennett, and Cy Laurie and his Band play on South Parade Pier.
June 23rd Billy Cotton and his Band with Alan Breeze, play on South Parade Pier.
June 26th Tony Eddowe's Qunitet play at Hurdle's Lounge, Cumberland Tavern, Eastney Road.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
June 27th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Arthur and the Bandwaggoners play at Lee Tower.
June 28th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
The South Parade Pier made a £768 loss in the year ending March 31st 1958 compared to a net profit of £7,992 in the previous year.
June 30th Audrey Jeans appears at the South Parade Pier with Ted Ray and Marion Ryan.
July 1st The Big Show with Tommy Trinder and Anne Shelton starts for the summer at the Kings Theatre.
July 2nd The George Austin Quintette play at the Richmond Hotel, Lake Road.
July 3rd Tony Eddowe's Qunitet play at Hurdle's Lounge, Cumberland Tavern, Eastney Road.
July 4th Bruce Turner and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 5th The Portsmouth City Fire Brigade Band play on Southsea Castle Fields for an 'International Co-operative Day'.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Pompey's singing sailor Ronnie Harris is about to tour Germany for three months.
July 6th Chris Barber and his Jazz Band play on South Parade Pier.
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July 7th Eddie Calvert appears this week at the South Parade Pier.
George Austin's Quintet play at the Richmond Hotel.
July 11th Record miming contest at Ricky's.
Dr. Crock and his Crackpots play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 12th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Trumpeter Eddie Calvert is involved in a motor accident at Cosham, he was unhurt but the car was badly damaged.
July 14th Petula Clark, Bernard Miles and Joe "Mr. Piano" Henderson appear on South Parade Pier.
July 17th The Southern Opera Club, formerly the Portsmouth Grand Opera company, perform 'Orpheus' by Gluck at the Portsmouth Training College, Milton for two nights.
July 18th Peter Madsen and his 12 piece band play at the Connaught Drill Hall Fareham.
The Jazz Couriers, featuring Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
July 19th The Hi Fi's play at Caesars Club.
July 21st Jimmy Edwards appears on South Parade Pier for the summer season.
The South Parade Pier celebrates it's Golden Jubilee.
July 22nd The Ken Bishop Quintet and the Phil Ship Trio play at Chichester Jazz Club with Tommy Whittle.
July 25th Sid Phillips and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
July 26th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
July 28th The Fratton Trades Club is running a Talent Contest.
July 29th The Broadway Orchestra play at the Rock Garden's Pavilion.
July 30th The Dave Watson Group play at the Buckland Congregational Church Hall.
July 31st Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 1st The Ray Ellington Quartet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Nat Gonella plays at the Beaulieu Jazz Festival.
August 2nd The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Reg Hanson plays the £3,000 Hammond Organ at the Festival Bar.
August 3rd Mick Mulligan and his Band with George Melly, and the Bob Cort Group play on South Parade Pier.
August 4th Gosport Carnival features a 'Jazz and Skiffle Jamboree'.
The Southsea Silver Prize Band play at a Fete on the Castle Field Southsea for the next three days.
August 6th A fire on South Parade Pier destroyed about £25,000 worth of property. The Jimmy Edwards show was hastily re-arranged and the dancing girls could not go on as their costumes had been destroyed. A new full wardrobe has been ordered for the girls and tomorrow's show will go on as planned. An audience of 1,600 watched the Miss Southsea Show on the Pier deck without knowing.
August 8th Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 9th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Trinity Church Hall, Fareham.
August 12th The Portsmouth Rose and Thistle Pipe Band play on South Parade Pier.
The BBC TV programme "Wish you were here" is broadcast from the South Parade Pier.
The Ken Bishop Quintet and the Phil Ship Trio play at Chichester Jazz Club with Bill Le Sage.
August 14th the resident band at the Sinah Warren Holiday Camp, led by Mr. Ted Forhead are dismissed after refusing to play with a non-union pianist. The Lew Harris band from Portsmouth have replaced them.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Tony Porter's Be Bops, the Five Live and the Hi Fi's play at Caesars Club North End.
August 15th Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 20th Tex Roberg, The Tony Porter Rock Group, The Ray Worley group and the Stoke River Boys appear at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
Wee Willie Harris appears at the Savoy Ballroom with Tony Crombie and his Rockets and the Most Brothers.
August 22nd Ted Heath and his music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
August 23rd At the Globe Theatre in the Marine Barracks at Eastney, Madame Lester's Moonbeams entertain.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
August 24th Chris Barber and his Jazz Band play on South Parade Pier.
Dancing to the Cha Cha Cha at Ricky's.
August 25th Ronnie Scott plays at the Sunshine Inn, Farlington.
The last week ever of the Empire Theatre, with "A Strip of Show Business".
August 29th Dr. Crock and his Crackpots play at the Savoy Ballroom.
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August 30th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
August 31st "The Duke wore jeans" with Tommy Steele is shown at the Gaiety cinema.
September 1st Tommy Steele appears for an week on the South Parade Pier with the Ken-Tones.
The Leopards Skiffle Group play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Last week of the Big Show with Tommy Trinder at the Kings Theatre.
September 2nd Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 5th Alex Welsh and his Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Tony Porter and the Colin Hart Rock Group play at Hillside Youth Club.
September 6th Eric Day and his Ballroom Orchestra plus Terry Scott with Music on the Dreamy Side play at the Connaught Hall, Fareham.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
September 7th Eric Delaney and his Band play on South Parade Pier.
September 8th Jimmy Young, Yana, Tommy Reilly and Chic Murray and Maidie appear at the South Parade Pier.
September 9th the 1958 Festival of Dance Music at the Savoy Ballroom has 13 bands playing.
September 11th Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 12th George Brown and his Musicale Calypso play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Jazz from John Urry's Tradmen at the Moose Hall, St Ronans Road.
Jimmy Reid and his Orchestra plus The Ray Worley Quartet play at the Connaught Hall Fareham.
September 13th George Brown and his Musicale Calypso play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
September 14th 'King Creole' is shown at the Odeon North End, Southsea and Cosham.
'Wonderful Things' with Frankie Vaughn is shown at the Essoldo Southsea and Cosham.
September 15th Laurie Monk plays at the Sunshine Inn, Farlington.
The Portsmouth Players perform The Gondoliers at the South Parade Pier.
September 16th Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 18th The Phil Douglas Orchestra play at Lee Tower.
September 19th The Betty Smith Quintet and the Dill Jones Trio play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At Caesars club, The Live Five, plus The Five Strangers and Three Stars from Southampton.
The Ace Dance Band play at the RAFA Club Cosham.
Jazz from John Urry's Tradmen, plus the Pat Nelson Group at the Moose Hall, St Ronanís Road.
September 20th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
September 21st The Portsmouth Ladies Choir conducted by Miss Florence Greaves sing on South Parade Pier. They number 53 and are winners two years running of the W T Sayer Cup in the Portsmouth Music festival.
September 22nd Sadler's Wells Opera appear at the Kings Theatre.
September 23rd Miss Florence Greaves has arranged a musical evening at Cathedral House Portsmouth with herself, John Durrant, Ernest Barr and others performing.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
September 24th At the Troxy cinema live on stage for one night only, Marty Wilde The John Barry Seven, Vince Eager and his Vagabonds and The Sophisticats.
The Alpha Jazzmen play at the Cobden Arms Arundel Street.
Auction of all effects at the Empire Theatre.
September 26th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Ace Dance Band play at the RAFA Club Cosham.
The Greyhound Pub at Leigh Park opens, later a venue for live music.
September 27th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
the first recital of the season was at John Pounds Church with performances by John Durrant, Ernest Barr and others.
September 29th Ronnie Ross (baritone sax) plays at the Sunshine Inn, Farlington.
For the next six days 'Musical Marie' the 17 stone Manchester housewife will play the piano nonstop for 132 hours.
Mick Mitchell and his Music play all week on South Parade Pier.
September 30th Harry Klein, Ken Bishop's Quintet, Phil Shipp Trio play at Chichester Jazz Club.
October 1st The Crescent City Jazzband play at the Cobden Arms Arundel Street.
The Portsmouth Music Club meet at the Lecture Room of the Central Library.
October 3rd The Peter Madsen nine piece Band play at Lee Tower.
Jazz from John Urry's Tradmen, plus the Pat Nelson Group at the Moose Hall, St Ronanís Road.
Tony Kinsey and his Quintet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 6th The Portsmouth Group Royal Marines Band play on South Parade Pier.
The Mike Treend Quartet play at the Sunshine Inn Farlington.
October 7th The Milton Glee club give a concert at the Eastney Central Hall.
October 9th Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 10th Eric Winstone's Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Arthur Ward Quintet with Peter Scutt play in the minor hall on South Parade Pier with Mick Mitchell and his Music in the main hall.
Jazz from John Urry's Tradmen, plus the Pat Nelson Group at the Moose Hall, St Ronanís Road.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
October 11th The Drayton Methodist Choral Society perform "Sampson" by Handel with soloists Joan Reynolds, Phillips Todd, May Clark and Reginald Wassell, at Drayton Methodist Church.
The Arthur Ward Quintette with Peter Scutt play in the minor hall on South Parade Pier with Mick Mitchell and his Music in the main hall.
October 12th A new season of Municipal concerts start at the Kings theatre with Denis Matthews at the piano, with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
October 13th The Mike Treend Quartet play at the Sunshine Inn Farlington.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 16th At the South Parade Pier, British Railways Staff dance with Doris Westaways Broadway Orchestra and Reg Bannistra and his Music.
October 17th The Ray Ellington Quartette play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Arthur Ward Quintette with Peter Scutt play in the minor hall on South Parade Pier with Mick Mitchell and his Music in the main hall.
The Crescent City Jazzmen play at Moose Hall, St Ronan's Road.
October 18th Choral and Orchestral concert at the Wesley Central Hall with leader Ernest Barr.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
October 20th Phil Fernando, Nixa recording star appears at the Savoy Ballroom.
October 21st The Tony Kinsey Quintette and the Ken Bishop Quintette play at the Chichester Jazz Club.
The Broadway Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
October 22nd The Crescent City Jazz Band and the Brian Wilson Group play at the Cobden Arms.
October 24th The Peter Madsen Band play at Hilsea Lido for B.O. Morris Social Club.
Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Jazz from John Urry's Tradmen at the Moose Hall, St Ronanís Road.
October 25th At the Connaught Hall Fareham, Tex Roberg(South Africa's Elvis), the Live Five and the Ray Worley Group play.
The Arthur Ward Quintette with Peter Scutt play in the minor hall on South Parade Pier with Mick Mitchell and his Music in the main hall.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
October 26th The Linden Singers appear at the Kings Theatre. One of them is Pauline Stevens, daughter of Langstone MP Geoffrey Stevens.
October 27th The Gosport Music festival is expected to cost £900.0.0d.
The Hi Fi's play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Tony Bailey vocalist/guitar, Johnny Cross lead guitar, Dave Meare vibes, Ron Monger guitar, Clive Warren bass, Tony Hart drums.
October 29th The Crescent City Jazzband and Vieux Carre Band play at the Cobden Arms.
October 30th Jazz from John Urry's Tradmen at the Moose Hall, St Ronan's Road.
October 31st Eric Delaney and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Tony Porter Rock group play at Hillside Youth Club.
November 1st A chamber concert is held at John Pounds Church with soloists John Durrant, Dawn Holder, Peter Bone and John Watkins.
November 5th The Celestial City Blue Blowers play for the Cobden Arms Jazz Band Ball.
November 7th Ronnie Aldrich and the Squadronaires play at the Savoy Ballroom.
Jazz from John Urry's Tradmen at the Moose Hall, St Ronan's Road plus the Vieux Carre Jazz Band.
November 8th The Portsmouth Choral Union, leader Ernest Barr, Conductor Bertram Bradshaw, perform "The Dream of Gerontius" at the Wesley Central Hall.
November 10th Ronnie Ross and the Mike Treend Quartet play at the Sunshine Inn Farlington.
Ad in the Evening News Southern Enterprises, 25, Keydell Ave, Horndean for Cabaret artistes, pianists and MC's.
November 12th The Crescent City Jazzband play at the Cobden Arms.
November 13th British Railways Staff Dance at South Parade Pier with the De Reske Orchestra and Mick Mitchell and his Music.
Ad in the Evening News, Book your Cabaret from Mr R D Carter, 111, Dover Road, Copnor.
November 14th Cy Laurie and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 15th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
November 19th The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Co-op hall Albert Road.
The Crescent City Jazzband and the Celestial City Blue Blowers play for the Cobden Arms.
November 20th The Portsmouth Players perform "Songs from the shows" at Petersfield Town Hall.
November 21st Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
At the Moose Hall, John Urry's Tradmen, "Hazy" Maise Rowe's Trio, and the Pat Nelson Group, entertain.
November 22nd Doris Westaway's Broadway Trio play at Wymering Church Hall, Cosham.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Conservative Club, Fratton Road.
November 25th Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Clanfield 'Jeanagers Club' has its own group called "The Clanfield Wonders" with Mike Doughty guitar, Roger Boxer guitar, Derek Giles bass, Fred Tong guitar and vocalist Dave Pope.
November 27th The Portsmouth Music Club have an orchestral recital by the Portsmouth Teachers String Orchestra conducted by Reginald Wassell.
November 28th Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
November 29th The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Conservative Club, Fratton Road.
December 1st The Mike Treend Quartet play at the Sunshine Inn Farlington.
Tony Porter and his Group play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Ken Bishop Quintet play at the J and D Jazz Club Gosport.
December 2nd Tubby Hayes joins Portsmouth band the Ken Bishop Quintet and the Chic Cheeseman Trio at the Chichester Jazz Club.
December 3rd The Alpha Jazzman and the Celestial City Blue Blowers play at the Cobden Arms.
Stan Bennett 58 Fratton Road advertises for the first time.
The Portsmouth Ladies Choir conducted by Miss Florence Greaves sing at the Wesley Central Hall in aide of the League of Friends at the Royal Portsmouth Hospital.
December 4th The South Downe Musical Comedy Society perform their second production, "Good Night Vienna" for the next three nights at the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
British Railways Staff dance at the South Parade Pier with Reg Bannistra and his Music and the Southern Counties Orchestra.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 5th The Portsmouth Players present "Christmas Pie" at the Wesley Central Hall.
Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 6th The Broadway Trio play at St Peter and Paul Church Hall, Cosham.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Conservative Club, Fratton Road.
December 8th At the Theatre Royal, R B Cooper presents the world premiere of "Teddy Boys Picnic" with Hector Ross, Allan Barnes and Joan Cooper.
The Rockin' Leopard Seven play at the Savoy Ballroom.
The Portsmouth Music Lovers Club meet and celebrate their 300th meeting.
Robin Cooper runs jazz nights at the Moose Hall on a Friday and now also on a Monday night in competition with the Farlington Modern Jazz Club. His resident Monday band are the Brian Wilson Quintet, with Brian on tenor, Tony Bliss trumpet, Chiz Bishop piano, Don Castle bass and John Urry drums.
December 10th The Crescent City Jazzband and the Celestial City Blue Blowers play for the Cobden Arms.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 11th Clarinetist Sandy Brown plays at the Sunshine Inn, Farlington.
December 12th The Jazz Couriers play at the Savoy Ballroom.
December 13th Mick Mitchell and his Music are joined by the Sid Heaton Band on South Parade Pier.
The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society give a Beethoven concert at the Wesley Central Hall.
The Southern Counties Orchestra play at the Conservative Club, Fratton Road.
December 17th The Crescent City Jazzband play for the Cobden Arms.
The Portsmouth Glee Club give a Christmas concert at the Wesley Central Hall with Max Jaffa violin, Reginald Kilbey cello, Jack Byfield piano, and the Glee Club Choir conducted by Harold Hall.
December 19th Rock-a-cha-cha with the fabulous Hi Fi's at the RAFA Club Cosham, admission 2/6d.
Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
John Urry's Tradmen and the Satellites Skiffle Group play at Moose Hall.
December 20th The Portsmouth Choral Union sing Carols and Christmas music at the Wesley Central Hall for the 19th year.
The Eric Bernard Orchestra play the Assembly Hall, Fareham.
December 22nd Clarinetist Vic Ash plays with the Mike Treend Quartet at the Sunshine Inn, Farlington.
The Milton Glee Club sing Carols and Christmas music at the Eastney Central Hall.
December 23rd Ronnie Scott, the Ken Bishop Quintet and the Chic Cheeseman Trio play at the Chichester Jazz Club.
December 24th Panto at the Kings, Babes in the Wood with Mike and Bernie Winters and Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang.
Four bands at the Cobden Arms, admission 3/6d. membership 1/-d.
Mick Mitchell and his Music, plus the Arthur Ward Quintette play on South Parade Pier.
December 26th The Wranglers play at Ricky's Club.
Mick Mitchell and his Music plus the Sid Heaton Band play on South Parade Pier.
December 29th The Liddell Sisters appear on "Three's Company" TV programme for two weeks.
December 30th The Club Bar at the Theatre Royal is flooded to a one foot depth after heavy rain.
Vic Abbott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.

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