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    Buddy Holly & The Crickets 1958 Australian Tour Program w/Jerry Lee Lewis & Paul Anka An original 16-page concert program for a rock 'n' roll "Big Show" tour of Australia featuring Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Paul Anka, Jodie Sands and Johnny O'Keefe & the Dee Jays.

    The five-date, six-concert tour took place from January 30th to February 5th, 1958, and was Holly's only visit down under. A terrifically rare program with a cover that delightfully underscores the innocence of the era... why did they choose those cheesecake photos for the cover, anyway? But that's OK, it's only (early) rock 'n' roll!

    Holly and Lewis are two members of the original 'Big 6' founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, of course... them plus Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Fats Domino. And if you wanted to pick a month & year when Buddy and 'The Killer' were their most on fire, you'd be hard-pressed to pick a better time than January-February 1958.

    It's really pretty simple: Buddy Holly & The Crickets had charted three singles in their young career thus far: "That'll Be the Day" (#1 nationally on Billboard's charts), "Peggy Sue" (#3) and "Oh, Boy!" (#10). Holly would die a beloved legend one year later, but he never touched this hot streak of singles again.

    And Jerry Lee Lewis had smoked up the charts with only two charting singles so far on Sun Records, but an argument could be made that they're two of the 10 most important rock songs of the 1950's: "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" (#3) and "Great Balls of Fire" (#5). In retrospect, most of us would go back in time and get on that 12-hour plane ride down to Aussie just to see those five songs performed over about 12 minutes total!

    Oops - we forgot Paul Anka, just because he's not a founding father. Or maybe he is, of 50's pop? All he did was write, record and produce "Diana" as a young teenager in 1957, taking it all the way to #1 and becoming the youngest self-made millionaire in American history at the time. And he started off 1958 with another top-tenner, "You Are My Destiny."

    So this program may be a little worn, but perhaps that's partly because of the weight of the talent inside. Take a look at the two fun photo spreads we've also provided in our pictures.

    Measures 8 1/2 x 10 1/2" and grades to Very Good Minus condition with a crease mark down through the center, very evident on the cover. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    November, 2019
    16th-17th Saturday-Sunday
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