NME Awards History

Lita Roza
Lita Roza, Photo: PA


Held on April 25th at the Royal Albert Hall, the awards were presented by Nat 'King' Cole.

Winners were presented hand drawn portraits painted by David Kemp and, according to our report the following week, "often touch(ed) the highest peaks of ecstasy." Wow.

NME Pollwinners 1954

Band You Would Most Like To See At The NME Pollwinners' Concert : Johnny Dankworth's Orchestra

Outstanding Drummer
Jack Parnell

Outstanding Clarinet Player
Carl Barriteau

Oustanding Tenor Sax Player
Ronnie Scott

Outstanding Trombone Player
Don Lusher

Outstanding Alto Sax Player
Johnny Dankworth

Outstanding Guitar Player
Ivor Mairants

Outstanding Piano Player
Bill McGuffie

Outstanding Trumpet Player
Kenny Baker

Outstanding Bass Player
Johnny Hawksworth

Outstanding Arranger
Reg Owen

Outstanding Large Band
Ted Heath And His Music

Musician Of The Year
Ronnie Scott

Male Vocalist
Dickie Valentine

Female Vocalist
Lita Roza

Small Band
Ronnie Scott's Band

NME Pollwinners 1954
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