It took place at London’s Royal Albert Hall and we summed it up by nicking a Johnny Mathis line, “wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.”

7000 fans “raised the roof” as actors Tony Wright and Roger Moore handed out the awards. Dickie Valentine was singled out for his performances and his apparently “hilarious” impressions of Nat “King” Cole and a “near riotous” caricature of Elvis Presley “complete with sideburns.”

Meanwhile Lonnie Donegan was greeted with a huge round of applause following a battle with the flu and Alma Cogan had the crowd “clapping like mad.”


Favourite US Female Singer
Connie Francis

World’s Outstanding Popular Singer
Elvis Presley

Favourite US Male Singer
Elvis Presley

World’s Outstanding Vocal Group
Everly Brothers

World’s Outstanding Musical Personality
Elvis Presley

Outstanding Vocal Personality
Frankie Vaughan

Favourite Male Singer
Frankie Vaughan

Small Group
Lonnie Donegan

Favourite Female Singer
Alma Cogan

Vocal Group

Outstanding Instrumental Personality
Eddie Calvert

Large Band
Ted Heath

Favourite New Singer (Under 21)
Cliff Richard

Favourite Disc Jockey
Pete Murray