Concerts & Package Tours : 1957  (January to February)

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January 6th 1957

Bradford (St George's Hall)

Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson
Johnny Duncan Skiffle Group or
Dick Bishop's Skiffle Group


Programme from a few weeks ;later

January 1957

06 - London (Seymour Hall)
17 - London (East Ham Baths)
29 - Purley (Orchid Ballroom)

Geoff Taylor's Rock 'n' Rollers  
January 14th 1957

Doncaster (Gaumont)

Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
Rita Martell (Youthful juggler)
Ray Allen & Steve (Two thoughts with a single voice)
Flying Rosinas
Clifford Stanton (Personalities on Parade)
Curzon Trio (Cyclomaniacs)
Lester Sharpe & Iris (Dexterous deceiver)
Kay & Valerie Glynn (Dancing to delight)

 

 

January 17th 1957

London (Astoria)

 

"Don't Knock The Rock"


Review is from The Times

The review in full [Flickr]

Film poster [Flickr]

Film Trailer [YouTube]

"Don't Knock The Rock" @ 78rpm [YouTube]

 

 

 

January 21st 1957

Chiswick (Empire) - week

Tony Crombie & His Rockets
Des O'Connor (Variety's new comedian)
Mundy & Earle (A boy, a girl & a record)
Don Fox (The new dynamic vocalist)
Penny Nicholls (A penny for a song)
Billie Wyner (Personality plus a piano)
Jerry Harris (Bringing the stars to you)
The Dancing McKennas (Rhythmic dancers)
The Empire Orchestra - Charles Henry

Promoter - Bernard Delfont

Full copy of programme

January 21st 1957

London (Cafe de Paris)

Tommy Steele & The Steelmen

Film of rehearsals (no sound)

SETLIST
Giddy Up a Ding Dong
Long Tall Sally
Don't Be Cruel
Singin The Blues
Green Door
Rock With The Caveman
Hound Dog
January 25th 1957

London (Conway Hall)

Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group

January 27th 1957

Isle of Wight (Commodore Club)

Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group  
January 1957

28 - Norwich (Hippodrome)

February 1957

04 - Northampton (New Theatre)
11 - Birmingham (Aston Hippodrome)
18 - Southampton (Grand)
25 - London (Metropolitan)

March 1957

04 - Plymouth (Palace)
11 - Blackpool (Queens)
25 - Portsmouth (Kings Theatre)

April 1957

01 - Swansea (Grand)
08 - Manchester (Hulme Hippodrome)
15 - Middlesbrough (Empire)
22 - Hull (Palace)
29 - Birmingham (Hulme Hippodrome)

May 1957

06 - Leicester (Palace)
13 - Bradford (Alhambra)
27 - Hanley (Theatre Royal)

June 1957

03 - Leeds (Empire)
10 - Liverpool (Pavilion)
17 - Huddersfield (Palace)
24 - London (Chiswick Empire)

July 1957

01 - Nottingham Empire
08 - Sunderland (Empire)
15 - Sheffield (Empire)
22 - Manchester (Hippodrome)
29 - Derby (Hippodrome)

 

"Disc Doubles"

Promoter - Leonard Urry

HEY, YOU CATS AND DISC FANS

The world's top disc artistes impersonated by young stars.

"Not a mime show - records are not used"

Full copy of Nottingham programme

August 1957

05 - Edinburgh (Empire)
12 - Newcastle (Empire)
19 - Bolton (Grand)

September 1957

02 - Bradford (Alhambra)
09 - London (Metropolitan)
23 - Morecambe (Winter Gardens)

October 1957

07 - Bournemouth (Pavilion)
28 - Ayr (Gaiety)




November 1957

04 - Glasgow (Empress)
11 - Newcastle (Palace)
25 - Liverpool (Pavilion)

December 1957

02 - Cardiff (New Theatre)
09 - Nottingham (Empire)
16 - Sunderland (Empire)
30 - Burnley (Palace Hippodrome)

February 3rd 1957

Leicester (De Montfort Hall)

Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
Ken Mackintosh & His Orchestra

Promoter - Arthur Kimbrell

 

Full copy of programme

February 3rd 1957

Chatham (Gaumont)

Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group  
February 4th 1957

London (Prince of Wales) - two weeks

Yana (TV's glamorous sing star)
Wally Whyton & The Vipers (Kings of Skiffle)
Bob Cort & His Skiffle Group
Gary Miller (Popular recoding vocalist)
Jimmy Wheeler (Ay, ay, that's yer lot)
Bob Hammond & his Feathered Friends
Des O'Connor (TV's new comedian)
Brian Andro (Dancing on a wire)
Malta & Fernando (Comedian dogs)
Les Marthys (Continental acrobats)
Theatre Orchestra (Harold Collins)
Dickie Henderson (compere)

Full copy of programme

February 1957

04 - Brighton (Hippodrome)
~~
18 - Chiswick (Empire)

The City Ramblers
Suzi Miller
Little Abner (Harlem's King of Rock 'n' Roll)
Dickie Dawson

"(S)Cool For Cats"

 
February 4th 1957

Norwich (Hippodrome) - week

Art Baxter & His Rock 'n' Roll Sinners
Bobby Dennis (Singing comedian from the Windmill Theatre)
Sydney Shaw (Harmonica rock)
Betty Miller (TV's rhythm & blues singer)
Jackie Allen (Rock crazy)
Daly & Wayne (Young & foolish)
The Haley Sisters (Rocking & rolling)
Bernard Landry (compere)

The Rock 'n' Roll Sinners
Phil Phillips (piano) - Ray Dempsey (guitar)
Norman May (tenor sax) - Martin Aston (drums)
Pete Elderfield (bass)

Full copy of programme

February 4th 1957

Doncaster (Gaumont) - week

Jimmy Young  
February 1957

04 - London (Chiswick Empire)
11 - Peterborough (Embassy)
18 - Newcastle (Empire)

Tommy Steele with the Steelmen
Mike & Bernie Winters (TV's crazy comedians)
Reg Thompson (Unknown to millions)

CHISWICK
Josephine Anne (TheCrazy-Gang's girl friend)
Johnny Laycock (Blow man blow)
Ballet Montmartre (Tap versus ballet)
Paul & Peta Page (With their puppets)
The Empire Orchestra - Charles Henry

PETERBOROUGH
Camilleri
Paul & Peta Page
Johnny Laycock
Three Quavers

NEWCASTLE
Three Quarters
Betty Miller
Johnny Laycock
Warren
Devine & Sparks

Full copy of Chiswick programme

February 1957

06 - London (Dominion) - 4 nights
10 - Coventry (Gaumont)
11 - Nottingham (Odeon)
12 - Birmingham (Odeon)
13 - Manchester (Odeon)
14 - Leeds (Odeon)
15 - Sunderland (Odeon)
16 - Newcastle (Odeon)
17 - Bradford (Gaumont)
18 - Glasgow (Odeon) - 2 nights
20 - Liverpool (Odeon)
21 - Cardiff (Capitol)
22 - Plymouth (Odeon)
23 - Southampton (Gaumont)
24 - Kilburn (Gaumont State) - 3 nights

March 1957

01 - Belfast (Hippodrome) - 2 nights
03 - Edmonton (Regal)
04 - Croydon (Davis) - 2 nights
06 - Norwich (Carlton)
07 - Doncaster (Gaumont)
08 - Wolverhampton (Gaumont)
09 - Cheltenham (Gaumont)
10 - London (Dominion) - see below for special programme



 

Bill Haley & His Comets
The Vic Lewis Orchestra
Kenneth Earle & Malcolm Vaughan
Desmond Lane (tin whistle!)

Promoters:  Lew & Leslie Grade

Final three songs were Shake Rattle 'n' Roll, See You Later Alligator and Rock Around The Clock.

The b&w photograph is from one of his first shows at the Dominion Theatre, London.

Bill Haley had two records in the top 20 when he appeared in Bradford -  Don't Knock The Rock was at 10 and Rock The Joint was at 18. At number 1 was Garden Of Eden by Frankie Vaughan

His most famous song Rock Around The Clock was featured in the film Blackboard Jungle


Bill Haley was born in 1925 and died in 1981.

Bill Haley & His Comets

The drummer for the Vic Lewis Orchestra was Andy White who later (as a session musician) played drums on the released version of  "Love Me Do"


Programme

Bill Haley


Full copy of programme

February 1957

11 - Bristol (Colston Hall)
12 - London (Royal Albert Hall)
13 - Sheffield (City Hall)
14 - Newcastle (City Hall)
17 - Croydon (Davis Theatre)
18 - Walthamstow (Granada)


 

Guy Mitchell
Jack Parnell & His Orchestra
featuring Irene Miller and Gene Williams

Promoter - Harold Fielding

Full copy of programme

February 11th 1957

Chiswick (Empire)

Anne Shelton  
February 16th 1957

TV

"Six-Five Special" - Jack Good - BBC

Introduced by Pete Murray and Josephine Douglas.

First programme featured Kenny Baker & His Jazzmen, Michael Holliday, Bobbie & Rudy and the King Brothers.

Was originally scheduled to run for 6 weeks


 

The stills appear to be from the film and not the TV show

Last show 22nd November 1958








Opening credits

 

 

February 18th 1957

Norwich (Royal Theatre) - week

Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group  
February 18th 1957

London (Prince of Wales) - 2 weeks

Followed by a series of one nighters in March & April

Mitchell Torok
Shirley Eaton & Her Boy Friends
Dickie Henderson
Lauri Lupino Lane & George Truzzi
Digby Wolfe
Ganjou Brothers & Juanita
Norman Vaughan
Maurice & May
Flying de Pauls
Balladinis
 

"The Stage" review - part one

"The Stage" review - part two

February 25th 1957

Sheffield (Empire)

Jimmy Young
Elites
Margo Henderson & Sam Kemp
Zodias
Fran Dowie & Candy Kane
Donald B. Stuart
Juggling Brauns
Marcies
 
February 1957

25 - London (Chiswick Empire)

March 1957

04 - Liverpool (Empire)
11 - Glasgow (Empire)
18 - Edinburgh (Empire)
25 - Sheffield (Empire)

April 1957

01 - London (Finsbury Park Empire)
08 - Manchester (Hippodrome)
15 - Newcastle (Empire)

Scheduled but probably cancelled

22 - Southport (Garrick)
29 - Birmingham (Hippodrome)

 

"The Stage" review - Chiswick Empire

"The Stage" review - Finsbury Park Empire
 

Tex Ritter

CHISWICK
Albert & Les Ward
Jimmy Neil
Raf & Julian Jover
Gold & Cordell
Richards & Yolanda

LIVERPOOL
Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang
Ray & Ronjy
Ladringlos
Alan Clive
Len Young
Walthon & Dorraine

GLASGOW & EDINBURGH
Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang
Gillian & June
Alan Clive
Ladringlos
Len Young
Maurice French

SHEFFIELD
Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang
Gillian & June
Hill Billy Polecats
Len Young
Johnny & Suma Lamonte
Ron Parry
Patsy Silva

FINSBURY PARK EMPIRE
Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang
Gillian & June
Len Young
Ladringlos
Alan Clive
Brazilianos

 

MANCHESTER
Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang
Alan Clive
Len Young
Los Brazilianos
Ladringlos
Ann & Val Shelley

NEWCASTLE
Hillbilly Polecats
Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang
Len Young (The singing fool)
Alan Clive (TV's tall comedy host)
John & Suma Lamonte (Juggling & aero novelties)
Ladringlos (Looping the loop)
Val & Laurie Aubrey (Dance team)

 

February 25th 1957

Nottingham (Empire)

Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
Gillian & June
Joe Baker & Jack Douglas
Curzon Trio
Elizabeth & Collins
Terry Sisters
Lou Campara
Des O'Connor
 

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