1960

Complete

Confirmed gigs and events are indicated by a
Events are only confirmed if printed evidence is available, i.e.. Magazine, Advert, Ticket, Poster etc. or if verified by two independent sources. Internet sourced dates are not classed as evidence due to errors being copied from site to site.
All groups are listed exactly as they appeared in the advert.
It will be noted that in the early years, some of the more famous bands had differing names and may have been lower on the bill. This usually means that they were, as yet, relatively unknown.
Additional information and corrections to this list are more than welcomed.

All the gigs and events at the California Ballroom during 1960

DateValidEventComments
Mar12 Grand Opening of the California Ballroom
19Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Edwina Green
Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Aristocrats
Admission 5/6
24Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Edwina Green
Admission 3/6
25Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Rod Price Big Beat Combo
Admission 3/6
29Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Edwina Green
Admission 3/6
30Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Ricky Wayne & the Offbeaters
Admission 3/6
31Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Edwina Green
Admission 5/6
Apr1Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
The Midnighters
Admission 3/6
2Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Edwina Green
Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
6Wrestling
8Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
The Midnighters
Admission 3/6
9Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Edwina Green
Aristocrats
Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Admission 5/6
14Craig Douglas
Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Bret Conway and the Teen-Beats
Admission 6/6
16Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Edwina Green
Aristocrats
Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Admission 5/6
18Ray Ellington Quartet
Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Admission 6/6
20Wrestling
Prices 10/-, 7/6, 5/-, 3/6
21Michael Eve and his BBC sextet + vocalists
Admission 2/6 girls free
22Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Rock-a-cha-cha Night Admission 3/6
23Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Aristocrats
28Michael Eve and his BBC sextet + vocalists
Admission 2/6 girls free
29Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Rock-a-cha-cha Night Admission 3/6
30Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Aristocrats
May4Wrestling
6Bedfordshire Special Constabulary present their First Annual Ball for everyone to celebrate the Royal Wedding
Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Edwina Green
John Chapman at the organ
Admission 7/6 (15/- including buffet)
7Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Aristocrats
Admission 6/6
12Michael Eve and his BBC sextet + vocalists
Admission 3/6
13Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
The Jukes
Dave Baxter
Admission 3/6
14Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Aristocrats
Admission 6/6
18Wrestling starring Francis Sullivan vs. Big Bill Verna
Mick McManus vs. Dick Conlan, Black Kwango vs. Dennis Dean, Johnny Czeslaw vs. Arthur Beamont
20Adam Faith
Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Billy Woods and his Big Beat Combo
Adm 8/6
Jun3Outdoor pool open for swimming
Adults 2/- Children 1/-
3Solid Jive night with
Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
The Jukes
Dave Baxter
Admission 4/6
4Kenny Bell and his orchestra
Edwina Green
Josephine Star
Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Aristocrats
Admission 6/6
6Humphrey Lyttleton
Geoff Stokes & his Orchestra
Edwina Green
Gerry Dean and the Delkings
Admission 5/6
8California Fiesta - Wrestling
9California Fiesta - Grand Professional Boxing Show starring Henry Cooper official British and Empire Champion. No. 1 Contender for world heavyweight title.
Tickets 5/- to 2.2.0
10California Fiesta - Panorama of Fashion. A mannequin parade with a difference.
 
Fiesta Ball with Geoff Stokes and his band
Admission 2/6 or 5/- including afternoon tea. Admission 10/6
11Fiesta Darts Tournament


Mammoth Bingo, Fun Fair, Sideshows, Stalls and Swimming

Come Fiesta Dancing - two top bands
1st prize 50 Guineas, 2nd prize 25 Guineas. Teams of 8. 1001-up. Best of 3 games. Entry 1 per team. Adm by programme 6d
Admission 6/6
13Opening of the Continental Jazz Cellar
Admission 1/6 Free refreshments
14Teenage Record Party Night
Admission 1/-
15Olde Tyme Dancing
Admission 2/6
16Top Twenty Record Night
Admission 1/-
17Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
The Jukes
Dave Baxter
Admission 3/6
18Kenny Bell and his orchestra
Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Aristocrats
Admission 6/6
27Jazz Cellar with Cy Laurie
The Wayfarers and The Leaside Seven
Admission 1/6
28Social
Admission 1/-
29Old-Time Dancing with the Jimmy Harrison Orchestra
Admission 2/6
30"Top-Twenty" Record Night
Admission 1/-
Jul1Paul Hanford
TheSearchers
TheJukes
DaveBaxter
Admission 3/6
2Kenny Bell and his orchestra
Josephine Star
The Searchers
Paul Hanford
Admission 6/6
4Jazz Cellar with Eric Johnson's Junction Jazz Band and Apex Californian Jazz Band
Admission 1/6
13Wrestling - Ray Hunter vs. Big Bill Verna, Jackie Pallo vs. Tony Lawrence, Mick McManus vs. Peter Szakacs, Don Levy vs. Spencer Churchill
Admission 10/-, 7/6, 5/-, 3/6
15Paul Hanford
Rhythm Seekers
TerryHammond & Fiesta Four
Admission 3/6
16Geoff Stokes & his Orchestra
Paul Hanford
Rhythm Seekers
Admission 6/6
18Eric Johnson's Junction Jazz Band
Admission 2/6
18 Grand Opening of the Outdoor Roller Skating Rink
22California Jazz Band 
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
Admission 3/6
23The Debonaires Orchestra
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
Admission 6/6
25Steve Mason Dixielanders
Admission 2/6
Aug5Rock-a-Teers
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
Admission 3/6
6Tommy Thompson's Orchestra
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
Admission 6/6
8Wayfarers Jazz Band
Admission 2/6
9Old Time Dance
Admission 3/6
10Wrestling
12John Chapman at the organ
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
Baron Anthony with the stupendous Baron Knights
Admission 3/6 Dunstable Town Councillors were invited to attend so that they could see for themselves what the ballroom was really like. Only one turned up.
13Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
Admission 6/6
15Leaside Seven
Admission 2/6
17Old Time Dance
Jimmy Harrison's Band
MCs Mr. & Mrs. J West
Admission 3/6
19Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
Ronny Rowe
Rock-a-Teers
Admission 3/6
20Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
Edwina Green
Admission 6/6
22Wayfarers Jazz Band
Admission 2/6
24Old Time Dance
Jimmy Harrison's Band
MCs Mr. & Mrs. J West
Admission 3/6
26 E.W. Green offered to sell the California Pool, the ballroom, restaurant, skating rink and sports stadium to Dunstable Borough Council.
31 Wrestling
Sept2Bell Tones
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
John Chapman at the organ
Admission 3/6
3Tommy Thompson's Orchestra
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
Admission 6/6
5The Cardinal Jazz Band
Admission 2/6
7Old Time Dance
Jimmy Harrison's Band
MCs Mr. & Mrs. J West
Admission 3/6
9The Electrons
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
Admission 3/6
10Dave Carlton Orchestra
Bell Tones
Big Beat Rock
Admission 6/6
12Wayfarers Jazz Band
Admission 2/6
14Old Time Dance with Peter Eames
Admission 3/6
15Wrestling - Zebra Kid vs. Ray Hunter
16Mike Preston
Rory Wilde and his Wild Cats
Phil Storm
Rocking Rudy Mason
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
Admission 3/6
17Geoff Stokes & his Orchestra
John Chapman at the organ
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
Admission 6/6
19Steve Mason Dixielanders
Admission 2/6
23Bill & Brett Landis
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
Dave Clark and his Rocker Tunes
Admission 3/6
24Ray Miller & His Orchestra
Terry Hammond & Fiesta Four
John Chapman at the organ
Admission 6/6
26Cy Laurie's resident Jazz Band
Norman Day and his Jazzmen
Admission 2/6
28Old Time Dance with Peter Eames
Admission 2/6
Oct7Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Al Saxon
The Fiesta Four with Terry Hammond
Admission 3/6
8Tommy Thompson's Orchestra
Terry Hammond with The Fiesta Four
Admission 6/6
12John Chapman
The Fleereckers with Gary Mills
Admission 2/6
14The Dreamers
Terry Hammond with The Fiesta Four
Admission 3/6
16Geoff Stokes & his Orchestra
Terry Hammond & the Fiesta Four
Admission 6/6
19Old Time DanceAdmission 3/6
21Bert Weedon
Dave Clark Five
Eddie & the Basement Boys
Admission 3/6
22Ray Miller and his Orchestra
Peter Rivers
Terry Hammond & the Fiesta Four
Admission 6/6
28Ray Cousins
Denny Holland
Terry Hammond & the Fiesta Four
Admission 3/6
29Ray Miller & his Orchestra
Terry Hammond & the Fiesta Four
Admission 6/6
Nov1 Grand opening of the Indoor Swimming Pool
Opened half an hour late due to a thunder storm and power cut. Admission was free.
4Pat Reader
Rory Wilde and the Wildcats
Terry Hammond and the Fiesta Four
Admission 3/6
5Russ Sainty & the Nu-Notes
Tommy Thompson's Orchestra
Admission 6/6
11Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
Jeanna Day
Ricky Logan with the Tornados
Admission 3/6
12Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
Geoff Stokes & his Orchestra
Admission 6/6
18Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
Dave Clark Five
Admission 3/6
19Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
Apex Group
Don Arnold
Ray Miller
Admission 6/6
25Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
Tony and the Arrows
Admission 3/6
26Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
Ray Miller and his Orchestra
Admission 6/6
Dec2Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
Franky Allen with the Rod Price Combo
Admission 3/6
3Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
Ray Miller and his Orchestra
Admission 6/6
9Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
The Blue Tones
Wayfarers Jazz Band
Admission 3/6
10Geoff Stokes & his Orchestra
Dave Clark Five
Admission 6/6
16Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
Dave Kenny Group
Admission 3/6
17Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
Ray Miller and his Orchestra
Admission 6/6
23Geoff Stokes & his Orchestra
Dave Clark Five
Dunstable Kart Club 
Dance Buffet 6/6d
Admission 3/6
24Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
Tommy Thompson's Orchestra
The Vernon Sisters
Terry Hammond and the Fiesta Four
John Chapman at the Organ
Admission 10/6
26Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
Tommy Thompson's Orchestra
Terry Hammond and the Fiesta Four
John Chapman at the Organ
Grand Boxing Day Party
Free present for all
Admission 5/6
30Dave Clark Five
The Apex Group
Admission 3/6
31Russ Sainty with the Rhett Stoller Group
Fiesta Four
Ray Miller's Orchestra
John Chapman at the Organ
Grand New Year's Eve Party
Admission 10/6