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    Biggest Rock 'n' Roll Show of 1956 Jumbo Concert Poster w/Bill Haley & His Comets, The Platters and Bo Diddley. A large, original cardboard window card from the dawn of rock 'n' roll advertising the talents of Bill Haley and His Comets, Roy Hamilton, the Platters, LaVern Baker, Bo Diddley, the Drifters, Big Joe Turner, the 5 Keys, Shirley & Lee and the Turbans, with backing by Red Prysock's Rock 'n' Roll Orchestra. No fewer than six members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were part of this touring revue.

    A very attractive and catchy, if somewhat worse for the wear, vintage concert poster that's full of important, seminal musicians, their photos and sometimes key songs. Great to have an early rock poster that lists Haley's world-changing "Rock Around the Clock," as well as the Platters' doo-wop classics "The Great Pretender" and "Only You (And You Alone)," both Top 5 pop hits.

    Measures 22" x 28" and in Very Good Minus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    More Information: Roy Hamilton didn't impact the nation's pop charts, but on the R&B side, his "You'll Never Walk Alone," featured nicely on the poster, was #1 for two months in 1954.

    "11 Fabulous Rhythm & Blues Attractions – All in Person," it proclaims across the very top, and Haley would seem to be an exception to that. But nope – he had three Top 10 R&B hits the previous year. But then "Biggest Rock 'n Roll Show of '56" was also put in a banner. The two genres commingled effortlessly in the mid-50's.

    Haley would soon decline with the rise of Elvis, however... his last big hit, "See You Later, Alligator," was released just a few days before this show, and serve as his last hurrah, at least with the charts.

    The show took place at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, February 5, 1956. Interesting how the ticket details are given in such small print up in the venue box.

    This is the first known concert poster to say "A Super Attractions Production," way down at the bottom. That signaled the emergence of the "Biggest Show of Stars" national tour promoter, which started conducting those tours, and printing those highly popular concert posters, the very next year (1957).

    A fun, highly symmetrical design done by the Murray Poster Printing Company of New York. If you take out the Washington D.C. venue-box information, which was printed in later, each half of the poster pretty much mirrors the other half. Even the photos of Haley and Hamilton have them both looking inward toward the center.

    Very rare; this is the only known specimen of this particular tour-blank concert poster anyone has ever seen, from any city on the tour. It's get this one now, or forever hold your peace.

    Condition details: Significant brown staining at the very top and lower right area, to a lesser degree in upper right and lower left margin areas, some foxing (age spotting) over the yellow color only. Strong general toning. Remnant of a long vertical crease starting in "Fabulous" at the very top and extending diagonally down to the musician's photograph in extreme lower right, getting less visible as it goes along. Small tape lifts in the three lower left musicians' photos. Three of the four corners repaired.

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    April, 2020
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
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