Top Music Stories and Press Cuttings From 50 Years Ago this Month (to be updated first week of December)




 November 1958 was the month when, in NME's words, "The New Prince of British Rock'n'Roll met The King". It was also the month when Cliff made his variety debut and Tommy & The Steelmen made their variety exit - as you can see from the reviews.  Of more interest to many rock'n'roll fans was the fact that that Eddie Cochran and Conway Twitty made their UK chart debuts this month. I thought you might also like to see the NME review of the new Ricky Nelson ('Lonesome Town'/'My Babe') and Buddy Holly ('Heartbeat') singles, and an advert for the latest technology - the Stereophonic record player - which was launched that Christmas.












  Pat Boone was among the youthful acts selected for the Royal Variety Show at the London Coliseum. Alongside him were Britain's own King Brothers, Mudlarks, Bernard Bresslaw and Roy Castle, The BIG NEWS through was the possible inclusion of surprise star ELVIS!
Below: After manager Larry Parnes and TV producer Jack Good fell out, Larry took Marty to the opposition. When they patched things up he returned to Good's group of acts. Also note 15 year old Scottish lad Jackie Dennis being likened to Ricky Nelson by Perry Como.





As it says, "newcomer Cliff Richard & The Drifters" will support the Kalin Twins, and Elvis Presley will appear on 6-5 Special (it wasn't exactly true - but they did talk about him!).