NME Awards History

Doris Day
Doris Day, Photo: PA


Early February saw 7000 fans pack out the Royal Albert Hall for the show.

They were presented by actor John Gregson who did a "grand job" and "managed to get into a clinch with Alma Cogan into the bargain." Our man wrote: "Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group- as far as these ears could determine- gained the biggest ovation of the show."

Favourite American Female Singer
Doris Day

World's Outstanding Popular Singer
Pat Boone

Favourite American Male Singer
Pat Boone

Favourite British Female Singer
Alma Cogan

World's Outstanding Vocal Group
The Platters

British Large Bands
Ted Heath

Favourite British Male Singer
Dickie Valentine

British Musical Personality
Tommy Steele

World's Outstanding Musical Personality
Elvis Presley

British Vocal Groups
King Brothers

British Disc Jockey
Jack Jackson

Small Groups (Skiffle)
Lonnie Donegan

Small Groups (Traditional)
Chris Barber

Small Groups (Modern Jazz)
Tony Kinsey

Doris Day
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