Concerts & Package Tours : 1956  (October - December)

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January - March 1956 April - June 1956 July - September 1956 Charts & Memorabilia



01 - Birmingham (Hippodrome) - week
08 - Sheffield (Empire) - week
15 - Newcastle (Empire) - week
22 - Manchester (Palace) - week
29 - Leeds (Empire)


05 - Liverpool (Empire) - week
12 - Sunderland (Empire) - week
19 - Hanley (Royal) - week
26 - Bradford (Alhambra) - week 

Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
Des O'Connor (Comedy in the modern manner)
Mundy & Earle (A boy, a girl and a gramophone)
Mike McKenzie (Caribbean king of the keyboard)
Stan Stennett (Certified insanely funny)
Griff Kendall (Ventriloquist)
Curzon Trio (Comedy acro-cyclists)
Marie de Vere Dancers (Western rhythm)

Various other variety acts appeared

Full copy of Birmingham programme
Full copy of Newcastle programme
Full copy of Leeds programme

October 1956

15 - Sheffield (City Hall)
16 - Middlesbrough (Town Hall)
17 - Liverpool (Philharmonic)
18 - Halifax (Victoria Hall)
19 - Newcastle (City Hall)
20 - Manchester (Free Trade Hall)

"Rhythm With The Stars"

Artists appearing (in alphabetical order)

Eve Boswell
Dill Jones
Hedley Ward Trio
George Melly
Janie Marden
Keith Christie
Kenny Baker
The Kentones
The Kirchins
Mick Mulligan's Band
Ronnie Scott

Promoter - Daily Express

November 5th 1956

Sheffield (Empire) - week

Michael Holliday  
November 1956

05 - Sunderland Empire)
12 - Nottingham (Empire)
19 - Sheffield (Empire)
26 - Brighton (Hippodrome)

December 1956

03 - Finsbury Park (Empire)
10 - Birmingham (Empire)

Tommy Steele
Mike & Bernie Winters (TV's crazy comedians)
Josephine Anne (The Crazy Gangs' girlfriend)
Thunderclap Jones (Welsh wizard of the keyboard)
Johhny Laycock (Crazy music)
Reg Thomson (Unknown to millions)
Ballet Montmartre
Marie Devere Dancers

Full copy of Sheffield programme

Full copy of Birmingham programme

Full copy of Nottingham programme



November 26th 1956

Sheffield (Empire) - week

Eddie Calvert
Don Lang
December 1st 1956


Johnny Olenn - My Idea Of Love,
I Ain't Gonna Cry No More

Little Richard - The Girl Can't Help It,
Ready Teady, She's Got It

Teddy Randazzo & The Three Chuckles -
Cinnamon Sinner

Julie London - Cry Me A River

Ray Anthony Orchestra - Rock Around
The Rockpile

The Girl Can't Help It (USA release date)

Eddie Fontaine - Cool It Baby

Nino Tempo - Tempo's Tempo

Gene Vincent - Be Bop A Lula

The Platters - You'' Never, Never Know

Eddie Cochran - Twenty Flight Rock

The Treniers - Rocking Is Our Business

Fats Domino - Blue Monday

Jayne Mansfield - Every Time You Kiss Me


December 3rd 1956

London (Prince of Wales) - 3 weeks

Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
Anne Shelton (Johnnie Spence on piano)
Dickie Dawson (Canadian comedy impressionist)
Renald & Ruby (French equilibrists)
Paul & Peta Page (The puppeteers)
Freddie Sales (Sales talk)
Clifford Stanton (Personalities on parade)
Trio Ariston (Continental acrobats)
Elizabeth & Collins (Daring and unique)
Bonar Colleano (compere)

Promoters - Val Parnell and Bernard Delfont

Full copy of programme

December 9th 1956

London (Coliseum)

All-Star Concert in aid of the National Hungarian & Central European Relief Fund

Organised by Prince Littler

Artists appearing (alphabetical order)

Eve Boswell
Max Bygraves
Alma Cogan
Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
Geraldo & His Orchestra
Benny Hill
The Three King Brothers
Bob Monkhouse
Robert Morley
Janet Pavek
Kevin Scott
Ian Wallace
Shani Wallis
David Whitfield
Norman Wisdom

Full copy of programme

December 10th 1956

10 - Sheffield (Empire) - week
17 - Edinburgh (Empire) - week

Robert Earl  
December 14th 1956


Don't Knock The Rock (USA release date)


Bill Haley : Don't Knock The Rock, Rip It Up, Hook Line & Sinker, Hot Dog Buddy Buddy, Goofin' Around, Calling All Comets,

Treniers : Rocking On Saturday Night

Little Richard : Tutti Frutti, Long Tall Sally

Applejack, Country Dance - Dave Appell & The Applejacks



December 1956

26 - Tooting (Granada)
28 - Birmingham (Town Hall)
29 - Sheffield (City Hall)

January 1957

03 - Leicester (De Montfort Hall)
04 - Manchester (Free Trade Hall)
05 - Newcastle (City Hall)
06 - London (Kilburn Gaumont State)


Pat Boone
Alma Cogan (Kilburn)
Jack Parnell & His Orchestra

Promoter - Arthur Howes (Lew & Leslie Grade)

Full copy of programme
Full copy of Sheffield programme
Full copy of Kilburn Gaumont State programme

December 31st 1956


"Cool For Cats"

First UK pop music show that was originally presented by Ker Robertson

Kent Walton was also a Radio Luxemburg DJ and presented the Honey Hit Parade. He later became the "voice of wrestling" when working for World Of Sport

Last show was in February 1961

Kent Walton (1917-2003)




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