NME Awards - History

Dickie Valentine
Dickie Valentine, Photo: PA


Held on Valentine's Day, there were two Poll Winners concerts, which both sold out quickly. Actor Nigel Patrick presented the awards to the largely jazz based musos.

Of the night we wrote: "Show business history was made," we wrote "for never before, to our knowledge, had an all star bill been presented to a wildly enthusiatic crowd."

Cleo Lane looked "most cuddlesome", whilst the ever present Dickie Valentine who "got the afternoon's first overwhelming ovation."

NME Pollwinners 1955

Outstanding American Feminine Singer: Doris Day

The World's Outstanding Musical Personality: Bill Haley

Top Male Singer: Dickie Valentine

Outstanding American Male Singer: Frank Sinatra

Outstanding British Musical Personality: Dickie Valentine

World's Outstanding Singer: Frank Sinatra

Outstanding British Feminine Singer: Alma Cogan

Outstanding British Male Singer: Dickie Valentine

World's Outstanding Vocal Group: Four Aces

Large Band Section: Ted Heath And His Music

Favourite Disc Jockey: Jack Jackson

Small Bands: The Kirchins

British Vocal Group: Stargazers

NME Pollwinners 1955

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