The 1950’s was a great era for Yorkshire popular musicians before the American and Liverpudlian invasion of the 1960’s. Post war music was finding its own brand and style of entertainment that had moved on from big band and Jazz.
I have chosen 4 Yorkshire born figures to highlight the spectrum of new entertainment as we moved from 78’s to 45’s and radio to television as a medium for appreciating Pop music although we hadn’t started to call it that.
David Whitfield 2 February 1925 — 16 January 1980
Ronnie Hilton 26 January 1926 – 21 February 2001
Don Lang 19 January 1925 – 3 August 1992
Marion Ryan 4 February 1931 – 15 January 1999
Yorkshire did its bit for entertainment in the 1950’s contributing the music of these artists to radio shows like Two Way Family Favourites. Then along came TV and shows like Six Five Special, Oh Boy, Dig, and Juke Box Jury the theme tune for which was written and performed by another Yorkshireman, John Barry.
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Read more about Yorkshire’s 1960s Music and Club Scene