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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