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    CHUCK BERRY, EVERLY BROS., THE CRICKETS, FATS DOMINO

    Biggest Show of Stars Three-Date S.F. Bay Area Flyer w/Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry & Fats Domino. A highly unconventional, but totally authentic, paper handbill for the BSOS Fall 1957 edition that probably featured a stronger talent line-up than any Biggest Show of Stars grouping in the series' decade-long history.

    The Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers are just everywhere on here... Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, Frankie Lymon, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, the Everly Bros., the Drifters and Eddie Cochran. That's NINE, wow!

    There was a "tour blank" available for this tour, which we've sold before in both poster and handbill form. But the trouble is, the one Bay Area promoter sponsoring all three of these shows couldn't fit the three dates into the little space at the bottom of that flyer. And yet printing three separate flyers would've been financially impractical (not to mention distributing them). And finally, the three cities are all within reasonable driving distance of each other in the Bay Area, just 30 to 40 minutes apart, and we're sure he wanted to give potential patrons a choice as to which one of the concerts to attend.

    So the solution? We're guessing the promoter got this B&W artwork from the national tour promoter, produced this 8 ½" x 11" handbill, and gave himself plenty of room at the top to explain all three of the shows people in the Bay Area could possibly attend. Voila! A handout covering two shows in San Jose, two in San Francisco and one in Oakland.

    It's also so cool to see the classic 50's songs given on here. You've got "Goody Goody" by Frankie Lymon (after leaving the Teenagers), "School Days" by Chuck Berry ("Hail! Hail! Rock and roll / deliver me from the days of old..."), "Bye Bye Love" by the Everly Brothers (their very first hit, #2 for a month), "Long Lonely Nights" by Clyde McPhatter (a #1 R&B hit this summer), "Diana" by Paul Anka (all of 16 years old) and some would say the best for last, "That'll Be the Day" by the Crickets (their first hit, and not even singling out Buddy Holly by name yet - and not worthy of a photo yet).

    Measures 8 ½" x 11", was printed on very thin paper, and grades to Very Good Plus with a good bit of surface creasing and handling in the upper two corner areas, including a tiny nick-tear on the margin next to the Oakland information. A charming, very different kind of piece. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    Auction Dates
    April, 2020
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
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