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    HOW CAN YOU GET MORE COLORFUL THAN THIS?

    Fats Domino, Bo Diddley Biggest Show of Stars 1961 Star-Studded Globe Concert Poster. A remarkably scarce, colorful and hit-laden Biggest Show of Stars caravan tour poster from the spring of 1961, produced by the famous Globe Poster company out of Baltimore, MD.

    The Day-Glo inks on this cardboard window card just scream out at you, surely among the brightest and most attention-grabbing concert posters that Globe ever produced. Its visual effect is just off the charts. This piece is a prime example why collectors fall all over themselves to obtain the very few surviving examples from the legendary Biggest Show of Stars tours of 1957-1965.

    Eight primary acts are featured on this poster, half of them members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You also have a Master of Ceremonies and bandleader, and don't forget that bottom-billed Paul Williams' "The Hucklebuck" was an R&B smash that spent 14 weeks at #1 (in 1949).

    Every musician gets a picture, most get song titles, all of them are presented in dynamic, action-packed fashion, and right in the middle a big starburst reminds passers-by these stars were "All in Person." The date for this tour stop was Wednesday, April 19, 1961 at the Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Tickets were only two bucks in advance, and $2.50 at the door. Even Fats Domino couldn't help but say, "What a price!"

    Speaking of whom, Fats has the pole position here with his usual smiling face and upper-left positioning. "What a Price" was his latest Top 10 R&B hit from just a few weeks before this show.

    Holding the front-row-center position are The Shirelles, monster hit-makers of the early 60's and a leader in the girl-group movement of the era. And who doesn't adore the Carole King-penned classic, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"? The Passaic, New Jersey quartet were right in the middle of a tremendous hit streak. "Tomorrow" had fallen off the charts by now, but they released three other Top 10 Pop hits in this year alone: "Dedicated to the One I Love," "Mama Said" and "Baby It's You." Whew!

    Everyone knows Chubby Checker for "The Twist," but "Pony Time" - given on the poster - was #1 for longer than either "Twist" appearance at the top of Billboard's pop chart, and was his only #1 R&B single ever. So it's great to have such an important Chubby song on there.

    Bo Diddley qualifies for best picture on this window card with his checkered sports jacket, bow tie and electric guitar. Ellas McDaniel's new album was titled Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger, and over in England, college student Brian Jones was certainly taking note.

    You couldn't ask for a better song under Ben E. King's name, with "Spanish Harlem," which had gone Top 10 pop earlier this year. But wait... within a week, Atco Records would release his next single, "Stand by Me," which immortalized Mr. King forever. Talk about perfect timing in his career!

    The Drifters were evergreens who seldom did wrong, and here they are decked out in tuxedos and singing their Top 10 R&B hit, "I Count the Tears." But hold on... who was the lead vocalist on that hit? Why, Mr. Ben E. King! Even more stellar timing for him!

    Chuck Jackson never broke through with a household name hit, unless you count the Elvis Presley-covered "Any Day Now." But this is Chuck's rookie concert poster, as his first charting single, "I Don't Want to Cry," had just appeared in Billboard's R&B Top 5. "Any Day Now" would come a year later.

    The Shells were just a passing thing, as their "Baby Oh Baby" was their only charting single, just squeaking into the Top 25 of the national pop charts. Then you've got Harold Cromer, M.C., and Paul Williams and his Show of Stars Orchestra.

    Just a remarkable vintage concert-advertising piece of the era, that rarely turns up. Heritage has had only one for sale before in our history, and in November 2017, we sold this poster from a week later on the tour, from Topeka, Kansas, for a robust $25,000.

    Measures 22" x 28" and in Very Good Minus condition. The top 50% of the blue & white venue box up top was initially missing, so it was painstakingly recreated to exactly match the rest of the poster, with no visual remnants of that cardboard which was once missing. Toning 'sunburn marks' on three of the four margins and into the color area. The toning starts on the left next to Fats Domino's head, goes down the side into Bo Diddley's picture, starts again to the right of Paul Williams the saxophone player, goes 2 1/2 inches up the right-hand white margin, disappears for a while, and then is present again next to Chubby Checker's name and photo and into the venue box. Also notice the tiniest bit of paper missing in the lower left corner. There was also a four-inch piece of cardboard through "Show of Stars" at the very bottom which was bent back and broke color, but has been carefully repaired with cello tape on the back.

    COA from Heritage Auctions.


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