Concerts & Package Tours : 1956  (January - March)

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Bradford (Alhambra)

Frankie Vaughan
Dawn White & Her Glamazons
George Doonan & Anne
Keefe Brothers & Annette
Francois & Zandra
Lester Sharpe & Iris
Dunn & Grant
Bruce Forsyth

Outside the period but . . .

January 2nd 1956

Nottingham (Empire)

Frankie Vaughan
Hollywood Puppets
Bill Maynard (TV's "Great Scott It's Maynard")
Bill Wareham & Barbara (A page from Trasure Island)
Tony Fayne & David Evans (Sporting impressionists)
The Kenways (Aerialists)
Bruce Forsyth (The incredible character)
Shane & Lamar (Dance time)

Promoter - Bernard Delfont

Full copy of programme

January 15th 1956

Bradford (St George's Hall)

London based band that was formed in 1952.
Ivor Kirchin was the leader and his son Basil was the drummer. They recorded a number of "rock" records for Parlophone in 1956 and 1957 that were produced by George Martin.

The Basil & Ivor Kirchin Band

Promoter - Gerald Cohen

"The British Band That Rocks"

1952 line-up


Basil later found fame as a composer for film and tv plus some experimental works. He died in June 2005 aged 77

January 29th 1956

London (Royal Albert Hall)


NME 1956 Poll-Winners Concert

Artists appearing (in alphabetical order)

Rose Brennan
Dickie Valentine
Eddie Calvert
Johnny Dankworth & His Orchestra
Eric Delaney & His Band
Ted Heath & His Music with Bobbie Britton
The Kirchin's Orchestra
Ruby Murray
The Stargazers

Full copy of programme

January 29th 1956

Leeds (Town Hall)

Chris Barber's Jazz Band
Ottile Patterson
Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group

"The Chris Barber Band Show"

Promoter - Jazzshows Ltd

Full copy of programme  

February 26th 1956

Bradford (St George's Hall)

Chris Barber's Jazz Band
with Lonnie Donegan, Monty Sunshine and Ottilie Patterson
Ken Colyer's Jazzmen with the Skiffle Group


February 1956

28 - Glasgow (Empire) - week

Matrch 1956

05 - London (Palladium) - two weeks (see below)
19 - Birmingham (Hippodrome) - week
26 - Newcastle (Empire) - week

April 1956

08 - Croydon (Davis Theatre)
09 - Bristol (Colston Hall)
10 - Sheffield (City Hall) (2 nights)
12 - Bradford (St. George's Hall)
13 - Blackburn (King George's Hall)
15 - Hull (City Hall)

Slim Whitman

Arthur Worsley with Charlie Brown
Ghezzi Brothers (Fall guys)
Patachou (The famous parisienne)
The Three Monarchs (Haywire harmonica virtuosos)
Page & Bray (Continental dance stylists)
Bob Hammond (with his feathered friends)
The Flying De Pauls (Whirlwind tumblers)
The George Carden Singers
London Palladium Orchestra (Eric Rogers)
Tommy Trinder (compere)

Rey & Ronjy
Harry Bailey
Cynthia & Gladys
Tommy Lockry
Lizzey & Eddie

Shane & Lamar
Vic Gordon & Peter Colville
Aloee Sisters
Lizzet & Eddie
Alan Kemble & Christine
Hal Garner
Kazan & Kaus

Full copy of Palladium programme


March 15th 1956

Sheffield (City Hall)

"Rhythm With The Stars"

Artists appearing (in alphabetical order)

Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Paterson
Eddie Calvert
Gerry Brereton
Hedley Ward Trio
Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group
Marie Benson
Ronnie Scott & His New Orchestra
George Melly (compere)

March 19th 1956

London (Palladium) - two weeks


Petula Clark
Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson
David Whitfield (Musical direction - Reg Warburton)
Alma Cogan (At the piano Stan Foster)
Winifred Atwell (Trinidad's queen of the keyboard)
Malcolm Vaughan (By permission of Kenneth Earlr)
The Stargazers (Vocal group)
Kenny Baker (Europe's top trumpet star)
George & Bert Bernard (Assisted by George Pierce)
Ravic & Babs (Whirlwind skaters)
Trio Rayros (Trampolinists)
The George Carden Singers
The London Palladium Orchestra (Eric Rogers)
Tommy Trinder (compere)

Full copy of programme

March 21st 1956


Rock Around The Clock (USA release date)

Bill Haley & His Comets

The Platters

Freddie Bell & The Bellboys


Bill Haley : Rock Around The Clock, Razzle Dazzle, Rock A Beating Boogie, ABC Boogie, Rudy's Rock, Happy Baby, Mambo Rock, R-O-C-K, See You Later Alligator.

Freddie Bell : We're Gonna Teach You To Rock, Giddy Up Ding Dong

Platters : Only You, The Great Pretender

March 26th 1956

London (Stoll Theatre)

Artists appearing in alphabetical order

Chris Barber's Jazzband
The Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group
Merseysippi Jazz Band
Neva Raphaello
Otille Patterson
Sandy Brown's Jazz band

"The Stoll Festival of Jazz"

Promoter - Jazzshows Limited

Full copy of programme

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