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All About Gig Package Tours
All About Gig Package Tours
The package tour was the only option for bands wanting to hit the road in the 1950s, and this is how it worked....
All About The Impresarios
All About The Impresarios
Larry Parnes was the impresario of early British rock'n'roll, its svengali, as he was termed. He was the man who helped to turn it from fad to big money....
American Rock Stars in The UK
American Rock Stars in The UK
American rockers didn't visit Britain in the pre-Beatles era, but three in particular are remembered - Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis...
Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard is such a showbiz icon these days that it's easy to forget he was once a moody rock'n'roll singer....
Early British Rockers
Early British Rockers
As rock'n'roll hit Britain, it was inevitable that bands would try their hands at the music. The 1950s produced a number of home grown stars. This is how they reached…...
Lonnie Donegan
Lonnie Donegan
Lonnie Donegan was Britain's first star of the rock era and a towering, vital figure in the history of British music....
Rock 'n' Roll on TV
Rock 'n' Roll on TV
Perhaps surprisingly, rock'n'roll was very well served by television in the 1950s, thanks to the vision of one man - Jack Good....
Skiffle, Music of the Fifties
Skiffle, Music of the Fifties
Before rock'n'roll really hit British shores, the new music of teenage rebellion was skiffle - and it's hugely important in the history of British music....
The First British Rock Record
The First British Rock Record
The first British rock single might not have rocked as hard as Elvis, but the influence of Rock Island Line on a generation was incalculable....
The Soho Scene & British Rock
The Soho Scene & British Rock
Soho was the epicentre of not only skiffle, but British rock'n'roll, and if one place was the foundation, it was the 2I's coffee bar....
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