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