NME Awards - History

Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Photo: PA


Held at Wembley's Empire Pool, the awards were presented by Connie Francis (who also took home the World Female Singer trophy). She handed out awards to a shiny suited Shadows, rumoured love interest Adam Faith (who had to dash away immediately to appear on BBC's What's My Line? and Alma Cogan (who was suffering a bad cough).

World Female Singer: Connie Francis

World Musical Personality: Elvis Presley

World Male Singer: Elvis Presley

World Vocal Group: Everly Brothers

British Vocal Personality: Adam Faith

British Vocal Group: The Springfields

Instrumental Personality: Bert Weedon

British Small Group: Shadows

British Large Band or Orchestra: Ted Heath

Best British Disc of the Year: John Leyton's 'Johnny Remember Me'

British Male Singer: Cliff Richard

Artist For Poll Concert: Billy Fury

Trad Jazz Band: Acker Bilk

British Female Singer: Helen Shapiro

New Disc or TV Singer: John Leyton

Disc Jockey: David Jacobs

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