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    Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Buddy Knox, LaVern Baker, Bo Diddley, Etta James, and B. B. King: Signed Press Releases and Flyer from Kansas City Promoter David H. Booker. Three items total, as follows.
    (1) A one page mimeographed document of 8.5" x 11" titled "Press Release #3" for the "Biggest Show of Stars for '57." The name "David H. Booker" is written at the top in red and several names are either crossed out or underlined in red. Several of the major acts have signed in ink on various locations on the page: Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Buddy Knox, Paul Anka, LaVern Baker, and Paul Williams. See an extended description about the tour at HA.com.
    (2) An 8.5" x 11" one page mimeographed press release document titled "Bo Diddley's 'Tops'" regarding the "Big 1958 Rhythm & Blues Cavalcade." Signed by both Bo Diddley and Etta James. Light wear, Fine.
    (3) A 7.5" x 10.5" concert promo flyer on heavy orange paper. "David H. Booker Presents... The Big Kansas City Blues Festival" held at the World War II Memorial Building, starring B. B. King, Slim Harpo, Albert Collins, and others. Signed by three: B. B. King, Frankie Lee, and Leroy Harris. Circa 1960. Fine. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    This particular performance at Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium drew thousands of excited teens as well as a future basketball star, Wilt Chamberlain, who was attending the University of Kansas at the time. A newspaper writer reviewed the concert in the Kansas City Times under the headline: "Rock 'n' Roll a Delight, Crowd Shouts, Stomps Through Performance." He goes on, in part: "Man, Daddyo, they really broke it up in the Arena of the Municipal Auditorium last night. When Eddie Cochran wiggled and shouted through "You Say You Love Me but You Can't Come In," he wasn't far from the truth. There were [thousands of] cats there and you couldn't have gotten many more out on the floor... [W]hen Chuck Berry bounded onto the stage with "School Days," that crowd suddenly looked as if it must have taken its Asian flu shots with juke box needles... Squealing for all their teenage worth, the crowd greeted Fats Domino in his shiny maroon tux. Even the upper deck spectators went into the aisles when Fats broke out with "My Blue Heaven." Almost everybody who is anybody in rock 'n' roll was there. Harold Cromer, the emcee, introduced LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Lymon, The Crickets, The Diamonds, Paul Anka, and Paul Willams... [I]t was a real smash." (Excerpted from Three Steps to Heaven: The Eddie Cochran Story by Bobby Cochran, pages 99-100). Light toning and wear, overall Fine.

     



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