THE COOPER ALLEN MUSIC ARCHIVE

 

The Music of Portsmouth in 1954

January 1st 1954 - Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
January 4th 1954 - Carol Levis is looking for talent this week at the Theatre Royal. Gerry Brown's Dixeylanders and Roy Richards and his Mayfair Music play at the Savoy.
January 8th Sid Phillips and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
January 11th 1954 - Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
January 13th 1954 - Secretary Frank Hurlock states that the Portsmouth Jazz Club had disbanded after five and a half years of existence.
 
January 14th 1954 - Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
 
January 15th 1954 - Johnny Dankworth and his 20 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
January 17th 1954 - Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier. At the Theatre Royal, the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra with Peter Katkin pianoforte, perform.
 
January 18th 1954 - Ted Ambrose and his Jazzband, from Brighton, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
January 21st 1954 - Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier for three nights.
 
January 24th 1954 - 'Hutch' appears at the Theatre Royal.
 
January 25th 1954 - The Eric Dudley Quintet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
January 29th 1954 - Ambrose and his 17 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
January 30th 1954 - Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
 
February 1st 1954 - Jeremy French and his Jazz Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
February 3rd 1954 - The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society present Handel's Messiah at the Wesley Central Hall.
 
February 5th 1954 - Ronnie Scott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
February 6th 1954 - Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and his Collegians at South Parade Pier.
 
February 8th 1954 - Donald Peers at the Theatre Royal. Len Beadle and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
February 9th 1954 - Jazz dancing to the Modernaires at Twyford Avenue Community Centre. Roy Richards and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
February 11th 1954 - The Musick Makers Dance Orchestra play at the Co-op Victory Hall, Fratton Road.
 
February 12th 1954 - Carl Barriteau and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. The Court Ballroom celebrate their first year birthday.
 
February 13th 1954 - The Portsmouth Music Club celebrates it's 12th Anniversary at the Lecture Hall of the Central Library with music from Annekate Friedlander pianoforte, and the St Cecelia singers, director Reginald Wassell. Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
 
February 14th 1954 - Larry Adler join the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kings Theatre.
 
February 15th 1954 - The Nitwits and Diana Decker appear at the Theatre Royal. The 'Crackerjacks' Variety show entertain patients and staff at St James Hospital, Portsmouth.
 
February 18th 1954 - Ted Heath and his Music with Dickie valentine, Lita Rosa and Denis Lotis appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
February 19th 1954 - Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and his Collegians at South Parade Pier.
 
February 20th 1954 - At the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road, a concert by the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army. Irene Keen's Trio play at the RAFA Club Cosham. Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and his Collegians at South Parade Pier.
 
February 22nd 1954 - Dorothy Squires appears at ther Theatre Royal. The Top Five and their music, from London, play at the Savoy Ballroom. The Southsea Silver band and the Portsmouth police Choir give a concert of the Northern Grammar School.
 
February 23rd 1954 - Terry Nabarro and his Music play for dancing at the Twyford Avenue Community Centre.
 
February 26th 1954 - Teddy Foster and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Members of St George's Portsea 'Rover Crew' present a variety show entitled 'Our Gang Show' at the Rotary Youth Club, Portsea.
 
February 27th 1954 - Saturday, Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
 
February 29th 1954 - Lee Lawrence and the Malcolm Mitchell trio play at the Theatre Royal.
 
March 1st 1954 - Johnny Hawkins and his Quintet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
March 2nd 1954 - Trevor Nabarro and his Music play at the Twyford Avenue Community Centre.
 
March 5th 1954 - Ken Mackintosh and his Orchetsra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
March 6th 1954 - Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and his Collegians at South Parade Pier.
 
March 9th 1954 - Elise Granados, seen and hear at the Festival bar Southsea, broadcasts on the BBC Light Programme today. The Terry Flynn Group play at the Twyford Community Centre.
 
March 10th 1954 - Alf Hallman and his Band play at the Empress Ballroom. The Cosham Rhythm Club hold a be-bop session at the Victory Hall, Fratton Road.
 
March 11th 1954 - Portsmouth newly re-built Guildhall is to have an 8,000 Electric Organ.
 
March 12th 1954 - Humphrey Lyttleton and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom. The Johnny Lyne Quintet play at the Hildsea Lido.
 
March 13th 1954 - Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
 
March 15th 1954 - Gracie Cole and her All Girls Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
March 16th 1954 - Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
March 17th 1954 - At the St Francis Youth Centre Party at Hilsea, D Whitfield's Jazz Trio provided music for dancing. The Portchester Singers, conducted by Mrs. Doris Matthews, entertained guests at the Portsmouth Music Club meeting at the Central Library Lecture Hall.
 
March 19th 1954 - Geraldo and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom, 7.30 to 12.30pm, 4/-d.
 
March 20th 1954 - The Portsmouth Philharmonic Society hold a Choral and Orchestra Concert at the Wesley Central Hall. Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and his Collegians at South Parade Pier. Mr. William John Pugsley, manager and founder of the Southsea Silver Band, dies on his 57th birthday at his home 81, Havant Road, North End. At a Co-operative Catering Staff Party at the Victory Hall, Fratton, entertainment was provided by 'The Co-op Teennies'.
 
March 22nd 1954 - Syd Seymour and his New Band play at the Theatre Royal. Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
March 24th 1954 - The Music Society of the Southern Grammar School for Boys give a concert at the Wesley Central Hall.
 
March 25th 1954 - A British Railways Dance at the South Parade pier, with the De Reske Old Time Orchestra and Reg Bannistra and his Music. Tony Emerson and his band play at the Hilsea Lido.
 
March 26th 1954 - Ronnie Scott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
March 27th 1954 - Rawicz and Landauer appear at the Wesley Central Hall. Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier. The Southsea Silver band play at the Wesley Central Hall for the Portsmouth Blind.
 
March 28th 1954 - The last Municipal concert of the season features Monique Haas (pianoforte) with the Southern Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kings Theatre.
 
March 29th 1954 - Johnny Hawkins and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
March 31st 1954 - The Press Ball at the Savoy Ballroom, has Nat Temple and his Orchestra with singer Benny Lee.
 
April 2nd 1954 - Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom. Johnny Scott and his 10 piece band play at Cosham Civic Centre.
 
April 3rd 1954 - Johnny Lyne and his Music join Wally Fry and his Collegians at South Parade Pier.
 
April 5th 1954 - Max Bygraves appears at the Theatre Royal. Johnny Hawkins and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
April 6th 1954 - Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Festival Bar organist, Elise Granados broadcasts on BBC Light programme.
 
April 7th 1954 - Irene Keen's Orchestra play on South Parade Pier. Tony Emmerson and his New 9 piece Band play at Hilsea Lido.
 
April 9th 1954 - Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Irene Keen's Old Time Trio play at the RAFA Club Cosham.
 
April 10th 1954 - Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra join Wally Fry and his Collegians at the South Parade Pier.
 
April 11th 1954 - The Portsmouth Choral Union perform Handel's Messiah at the Kings Theatre. Ted Ambrose and his Jazz Band from Brighton, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
April 13th 1954 - Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
April 15th 1954 - Johnny Gray and his band of the Day play at the Savoy Ballroom. Johnny Scott and his Band play at the RAFA Club Cosham.
 
April 16th 1954 - The George Mitchell Glee Club appear at South Parade Pier. The Portsmouth Glee Club perform Handel's Messiah at the London Road Baptist Church. Among the singers was Reginald Wassell, the organist was Stanley Matthews.
 
April 19th 1954 - The Five Smith Brothers appear at the Theatre Royal. Oklahoma is performed at thr Kings Theatre. Reg Bannistra and his Music join Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra at Kimbells Ballroom. Reggie Goff and his Sextet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
April 23rd 1954 - Ambrose and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
April 26th 1954 - Terry Thomas and Alma Cogan appear at the Theatre Royal. Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
April 27th 1954 - The Broadway Quartet play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
 
April 30th 1954 - Teddy Foster and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
May 3rd 1954 - Billy Cotton and his Band appear at the Theatre Royal. The Aldershot Dixeylanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
May 4th 1954 - Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
May 7th 1954 - Johnny Dankworth and his 21-piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Irene Keen's Old Time Trio play at the RAFA Club Cosham.
 
May 10th 1954 - A musical comedy, Veronique, at the South Parade Pier. Petula Clark and Benny Hill plus Wilson Kepple and Betty, appear at the Theatre Royal. Two quartets from the City of Portsmouth Fire Brigade Band gain 1st and 3rd place in a contest held in Reading. The High Curley Stompers play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
May 14th 1954 - Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Johnny Scott and his Band play at Cosham Civic Centre.
 
May 15th 1954 - Irene Keen's Old Time Trio play at the RAFA Club Cosham.
 
May 17th 1954 - Lita Rosa breaks away from the Ted Heath band to go solo and appears with Arthur Haynes at the Theatre Royal. 'The Top Five and their Music' play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
May 18th 1954 - Festival Bar organist, Elise Granados broadcasts on BBC Light programme. Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
May 21st 1954 - Ray Ellington and his Quartet play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
May 22nd 1954 - The Ace Dance band play at Angerstein Hall, North End.
 
May 23rd 1954 - The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Eileen Joyce (pianoforte) appear at the Kings Theatre. Younkman and his Orchestra play on the newly re-built deck of the South Parade Pier
 
May 24th 1954 - Two Ton Tessie O'Shea appears at the Theatre Royal. Joe Brickell and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
May 27 1954 - Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
May 28th 1954 - Carl Barriteau and his Orchestra play the Savoy Ballroom.
 
May 31st 1954 - Singers, Eve Boswell and Gary Miller appear at the Theatre Royal.
 
June 1st 1954 - Ad in the Evening News;- Musick Makers Dance Orchestra for hire, Mr. Stillwell, 17 Moneyfield Ave, Copnor.
 
June 3rd 1954 - Cyril Fletcher and Betty Anstell host the South Parade Pier Summer Show 'Masquerade'.
 
June 4th 1954 - Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
June 6th 1954 - The Squadronaries appear at the South Parade Pier.
 
June 7th 1954 - Portsmouth's own Audrey Jeans appears with Joan St Paul at the Theatre Royal with Tommy Cooper and singer David Hughes.
 
June 10th 1954 - Johnnie Scott and his Band play at the Forester's Hall, Fratton Road.
 
June 11th 1954 - Mick Mulligan and his Magnolia Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
June 14th 1954 - Gerry Brown and his Dixielanders pay at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
June 17th 1954 - Johnnie Scott and his Band play at the Forester's Hall Fratton Road.
 
June 18th 1954 - Ted Heath and his Music, with Dennis Lotis, Kathy Lloyd and Bobby Britton, play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
June 21st 1954 - Portsmouth bandleader Johnny Hawkins and his 10 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom for the first time. Irish singer Josef Locke appears at the Theatre Royal.
 
June 22nd 1954 - Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Kimbells Tea Dances are suspended for the season.
 
June 25th 1954 - Nat Temple and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Johnnie Scott and his 10 piece Band play at the Cosham Civic Centre.
 
June 28th 1954 - Sadler's Wells Opera Company appear at the Kings Theatre. Benny Lee and Robin Richmond appear at the Empire Theatre. Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
June 29th 1954 - Roy Richards and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
July 2nd 1954 - Freddy Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom. Mr. G.B. Turner, manager of the Savoy Ballroom is re-elected to the management committee of the National Ballroom Association. His son David has obtained a Board of Ballroom Dancing Scrutineer's Certificate. Johnnie Scott and his 12 piece Band play at the Cosham Civic Centre.
 
July 5th 1954 - The High Curley Stompers appear at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
July 7th 1954 - Roy Richards and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
July 9th 1954 - Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Irene keen's Trio play at All Saints Hall, Portsmouth.
 
July 12th 1954 - Musical Marie attempts 133 hours non-stop piano playing at the Somerset Hall, The Strand, Portsmouth. The Evening News did not report her success or failure. Franz Schubert's 'Lilac Time' is performed at the Kings Theatre. Dr, Crock and his Crackpots appear at the Theatre Royal. Ted Ambrose and his Jazz band and Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
July 14th 1954 - To the year ending March 31st 1954, the South Parade Pier lost 2,756.
 
July 16th 1954 - Johnny Gray and his Band of the Day play at the Savoy Ballroom. Johnnie Scott and his 12 piece Band play at the Cosham Civic Centre.
 
July 19th 1954 - Al Martino appears at the Theatre Royal. The Aldershot Dixielanders play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
July 23rd 1954 - Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
July 26th 1954 - The Beverley Sisters appear at the Theatre Royal. The Harbour Lights Juvenile Concert Party entertain patients at Ward B10 of St Mary's Hospital.
 
July 27th 1954 - The Top Five and their Music appear at the Savoy Ballroom with Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra.
 
July 29th 1954 - Jive dancing only at Kimbells tonight. The South Parade Pier is evacuated after repairs to the under-deck and a possible Oxy-acetylene stray spark caused alarm.
 
July 30th 1954 - Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Portsmouth Trades Club in Fratton Road are running a talent contest.
 
August 2nd 1954 - Paint Your Wagon is performed at the Kings Theatre.
 
August 5th 1954 - Johnny Lyne and his Music play at Kimbells along with Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra.
 
August 6th 1954 - Ambrose and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
August 10th 1954 - The BBC "Good old summertime" broadcast from the Savoy Ballroom.
 
August 13th 1954 - The Ace Dance Band play at the Forester's Hall Fratton Road. Ronnie Scott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
August 15th 1954 - Sid Phillips and his band play on South Parade Pier.
 
August 16th 1954 - Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr appear at the Theatre Royal with Tommy Reilly and Dickie Henderson. Joe Brickell and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
August 20th 1954 - Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom. The Ace Dance Band play at the Forester's Hall Fratton Road.
 
August 23rd 1954 - The Empress Ballroom closes for two weeks for the laying of a complete new floor.
 
August 26th 1954 - Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
August 27th 1954 - Harry Bence and his 14 piece Orchestra play at the Savoy ballroom.
 
August 30th 1954 - South Pacific is performed at the Kings Theatre.
 
September 1st 1954 - The Ruby Restall Trio play at St Mary's Mission, Somers Road North.
 
September 3rd 1954 - Ray Ellington and his Quartet play at the Savoy Ballroom. The Ace Dance Band play at the Forester's Hall Fratton Road.
 
September 4th 1954 - The ace Dance band play at the Angerstein hall, North End.
 
September 5th 1954 - The Gosport Municipal Concert Orchestra with Coloratura Soprano Gwen Catley and accordionist Tollefsen perform on South Parade Pier.
 
September 6th 1954 - The Empress re-opens with a new floor and Dave Shand and his Broadcasting Orchestra and Gene Mayo and his Orchestra. The Portchester Singers, with solos from Ivy Pryor and Gladys Sherrington, and pianist Irene Colwell, conducted by Mrs Doris Matthews sing to the Portsmouth North Branch of the Old Age Pensioners Association. Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom together with Roy Richards and his Mayfair Orchestra. Monday's Old Time Dance club at the Liberal Club in Lake Road is transferred to the Crystal Palace Club room on Fratton Bridge.
 
September 10th 1954 - Stanley Black and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Organist Gordon Banner plays for more than 200 Paulsgrove Women's Conservatives.
 
September 13th 1954 - The Cy Laurie Jazz Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
September 15th 1954 - A Compton pipe organ costing 15,750 is to be installed in the re-built Portsmouth Guildhall.
 
September 17th 1954 - Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom. The Ace Dance Band play at the Foresters Hall Fratton Road.
 
September 19th 1954 - Farewell concert by Younkman and his Orchestra on South Parade Pier.
 
September 20th 1954 - Johnny Hawkins and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
September 24th 1954 - The Broadway Orchestra and the Anita Academy of Dance perform at the Oddfellows Hall. Teddy Foster and his Orchestra play the Savoy Ballroom. The Ace Dance Band play at the Forester's Hall Fratton Road. Small ad in the Evening News, The Embassy Ballroom available as a store and freehold for sale with Percy Collett and Son.
 
September 27th 1954 - The Deep River Boys appear at the Theatre Royal. Trevor Williams and his Jazzband play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
September 29th 1954 - A Jazz Jamboree Band Contest is staged at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
October 1st 1954 - Harry Gold and his Piece of Eight play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
October 3rd 1954 - Gustave and his Trio play at the Bastion Road House, Hilsea.
 
October 7th 1954 - At the South Parade Pier, the DeReske Orchestra and Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play for the British Railways Staff dance.
 
October 8th 1954 - Ken Mackintosh and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Organist Gordon Banner is to return to the South Parade Pier next summer and also for performances at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
 
October 9th 1954 - Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians. The Milton Glee Club sing at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road.
 
October 15th 1954 - Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
October 16th 1954 - Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
 
October 18th 1954 - At the Kings Theatre, The Portsmouth Grand Opera Company present, The Bartered Bride and Madame Butterfly, all week. The Top Five and their Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
October 19th 1954 - The Broadway Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
 
October 22nd 1954 - Ambrose and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
October 23rd 1954 - Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
 
October 24th 1954 - Audrey Jeans appears on Radio with Ted Ray.
 
October 25th 1954 - At the Empire Theatre, Memories of Jolson. Portsmouth's own Ron Male Jazz Band play at the Savoy ballroom.
 
October 27th 1954 - BBC Radio organist Sandy Macpherson plays 'The Great Organ' and the St Cecelia Singers perform at the Dickens Fair.
 
October 29tth 1954 - Ronnie Scott and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
November 3rd 1954 - Gordon Banner plays 'the wonder organ' on South Parade Pier.
 
November 5th 1954 - Dancing to Ted Lockier and his Music at the Cosham Civic Centre. Vic Lewis and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
November 6th 1954 - The Portsmouth Glee club present a Grand Operatic Concert at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road. Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
 
November 8th 1954 - Anne Shelton plus the Five Skyliners appear at the Theatre Royal. Chris Allen and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
November 10th 1954 - The Portsmouth Music Club are entertained by the Paulsgrove Ladies Choir led by Laura Hall, and accompanied by Mrs Pound.
 
November 12th 1954 - Feddy Randall and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom. The Southern Counties Orchestra play for dancing at the Oddfellows Hall Portsmouth. Dancing to Ted Lockier and his Music at the Cosham Civic Centre.
 
November 13th 1954 - Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
 
November 15th 1954 - The immaculate intimate musical Twinkle with Olive Fox and Clarkson Rose is performed at the Kings Theatre. Harry Worth and trumpeter Kenny Baker appear at the Theatre Royal. The Regal Five play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
November 16th 1954 - The Broadway Orchestra play at Hilsea Lido.
 
November 19th 1954 - Eric Winstone and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom supported by Johnny Lyne and his Music. Cyril Rice's band play at St Joseph's Church Hall Copnor.
 
November 20th 1954 - Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
 
November 22nd 1954 - At the Theatre Royal, Tony Brent, Max Geldrey and Portsmouth's own Bobby Collins entertain. Joe Bickell and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
November 23rd 1954 - The Broadway Orchestra play at the Hilsea Lido.
 
November 26th 1954 - Johnny Gray and his Band of the Day play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
November 27th 1954 - Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
 
November 29th 1954 - John Hanson appears in The Desert Song at the Kings Theatre. Ad in the Evening News; Gordon Banner and the Atomic Band with his 3,600 Ballroom Organ seeking work from 14, Grove Road Southsea. Johnny Lyne and his Music play with Benny Freedman's band at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
December 1st 1954 - The Portsmouth Music Lovers Club hear a recital by the St Cecelia Singers including Reginald and Dorothy Wassell.
 
December 2nd 1954 - The British Rail Staff Dance at the South Parade Pier had the De Reske Orchestra and Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra playing for dancing.
 
December 3rd 1954 - Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra play at the the Savoy Ballroom.
 
December 4th 1954 - the Modernaires play at the Portsmouth Community Centre. Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
 
December 6th 1954 - Nat Gonella plays at the Empire Theatre all week.
 
December 10th 1954 - Ted Heath and his Music play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
December 11th 1954 - The Portsmouth Glee Club present a Christmas concert with Max Jaffa, Gwen Catley, Reginald Kilbey and Jack Byfield at the Wesley Central Hall, Fratton Road. Reg Bannistra and his Orchestra play on South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
 
December 13th 1954 - Ted Ambrose and his Jazzmen play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
December 14th 1954 - John Courtney and his Melody Quintette play at the Co-operative Hall, Fratton Road.
 
December 17th 1954 - Ken Mackintoch and his Orchestra play at the Savoy Ballroom. Ad in the Evening News;- Sunday evening is 'melody evening' at the Eastney Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney.
 
December 18th 1954 - Johnny Lyne and his Music play at the South Parade Pier with Wally Fry and his Collegians.
 
December 24th 1954 - Norman Burns and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom with resident Benny Freedman Orchestra.
 
December 26th 1954 - Dave Shand and his Band play at the Savoy Ballroom.
 
December 28th 1954 - The Broadway Orchestra play at the Rock Gardens Pavilion.
 
December 31st 1954 - The High Curley Stompers join Benny Freedman and his Orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom. Lani Kris and his Hawaiian Whispering Strings play at the Bastion Road House Hilsea.

NOTE: This is an edited version of Mick Cooper's research. The full version can be found at Mick Cooper's website