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    MAIDEN VOYAGE FOR "THE BIGGEST SHOW OF STARS"

    Biggest Show of Stars 1957 Concert Poster w/Fats Domino, Chuck Berry & Many Others (AOR-1.17) An original Globe Posters cardboard advertising window card for "The Biggest Show of Stars for '57" concert tour stop in Spokane, Washington on Sunday, March 3, 1957, featuring six future members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    From the mid-50's to the mid-60's, few concert posters elicit the excitement among collectors as the colorful, exciting, hit-laden "Biggest Show of Stars" multi-act posters that national promoter Super Attractions produced. Always colorful, always dynamic, full of hitmakers, stacked with photos and song titles, you just can't beat the visual and musical appeal of a vintage BSOS original window card.

    There were 20 BSOS tours conducted over slightly more than a decade. And yet, the posters are so rare that no collector on earth has a full set of them, try as they might. And they're so rare that Heritage has only been able to offer three BSOS posters, ever (but never this spring '57 one before). And only two of them were complete - the third was blank white at the top. How's that for scarce?

    So it's with great pleasure that we're able to offer in this auction the very first Biggest Show of Stars poster ever produced, from what's commonly referred to as the "spring '57" trek... although the tour actually started in February, and this poster's from early March. But this tour did extend all the way into early May.

    Super Attractions and Globe Posters really knocked it out of the park for their first BSOS poster, with an amazingly attractive presentation of pink, yellow, robin's-egg blue, black, white and dark blue in the venue box. That's six colors in all, and they're arranged in nothing short of spectacular fashion. Even the "Globe Posters - Baltimore" credit down in the bottom white margin was printed in pink. Man, oh man.

    The doo-wop vocals of Rhythm & Blues and the pounding pianos and new electric guitars in Rock 'N Roll were intertwined and inseparable in the 1950's, as baby boomers witnessed in the American Graffiti movie a generation later. And few 1950's concert posters illustrate this fact better than this beauty. As we mentioned, a half-dozen future members of the Rock Hall are present... Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, Chuck Berry, the Moonglows and Charles Brown. They dominate the all-black line-up that also included co-headliner Bill Doggett (calling him a slouch? His seminal instrumental "Honky Tonk" was #1 R&B for three months the previous year). The bill was rounded out by the 5 Keys, the 5 Satins, Ann Cole, the Schoolboys and Eddie Cooley and the Dimples. The legendary Paul Williams and his Big Orchestra provided the backing. Here he is at the bottom of the poster, and all Wiliams did was have a #1 R&B hit for 14 weeks in 1949, "The Huckle-Buck."

    The arrangement of type fonts and the color scheme on this poster is awe-inspiring. Just look at Chuck Berry... great pair of fonts, different for his first and last name; killer song title, "Roll Over Beethoven"; amazing smiling head shot, and placed inside a star. It's just a crying shame that the person who designed these 1950's Globe Posters never got interviewed in the national press to tell the story of how they did these.

    We've always been curious as to why Fats Domino didn't get a song title or two up there. It certainly wasn't for lack of material... his last two hits had been "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday," both Top 5 national pop crossover hits. And his next three sides, all in this spring of 1957, would be national pop top-tenners: "I'm Walkin'," "It's You I Love" and "Valley of Tears." Talk about a prolific hit-maker! If we cited you the R&B charts instead, just the first three discs named above spent a combined total of 25 weeks at #1. Get outta town!

    This historic window card measures 17 x 22 3/4" and is graded a solid Very Good for many tiny staple holes that often don't appear until you hold it up to the light: four across the top, four across the middle including LaVern Baker's waist and Clyde McPhatter's face, and four across the bottom. There are also little punch-outs (but no material missing) to the left of Domino's head and at the top of the "5" in "The 5 Satins." Also a normal amount of surface scuffing, dirt and overall toning. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.30 (illus.).


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2019
    16th-17th Saturday-Sunday
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