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    Buddy Holly - The Crickets Signed Contract for the Apollo Theatre Engagement (New York City, August, 1957). Buddy Holly, like Elvis Presley, crossed racial and music genre lines alike in his ascension to Rock icon status. He charted on Billboard's Hot 100, Top R&B Singles, and Top Country Singles lists simultaneously, with his unique blend of Rockabilly, Country, and R&B undertones. One of his triumphs came when the Crickets toured as the only white act in a national tour of black venues, including the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem. The group performed for a week there about the time their first hit "That'll Be The Day" was debuting on the radio. It took a few days, but Buddy and Co. won over the mostly black crowd that week in an impressive tour de force. Offered here is the signed contract for the historic engagement, with Buddy signing for the group. One thousand dollars for the week doesn't sound so bad, but that was for the entire group, which at that time consisted of four members. Also included are three receipts for services by "Reid the Tailor" during the week. Buddy had to look his best -- Rock history beckoned! Included is a letter attesting that this was from the personal collection of legendary Holly expert Bill Griggs and that this contract was pictured in his book Buddy Holly: Day by Day. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    December, 2012
    14th Friday
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