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    AN INNOCENT GEM FROM ROCK'S EARLY DAYS

    Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis 1958 Hawaii Concert Poster. An original and charmingly unique concert poster for none other than Buddy Holly & The Crickets and Jerry Lee Lewis, two of rock 'n' roll's bona fide founding fathers, playing at the Post Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii on Thursday night, February 6, 1958. Paul Anka, a huge star in his own right, shared the bill, which was rounded out by minor Top-20 hitmaker Jodie Sands. And what a double-take: Admission was just 90 cents!

    The eye appeal of this piece of 1950's rock 'n' roll advertising is totally "Happy Days" and completely cool. Why bother with pictures of the pop stars when you can show a rocking teenager, in a Hawaiian shirt of course, balancing on a stack of platters that look a lot like 78's?

    The three colors of red, pink and black work beautifully together on this terribly rare piece that might be the only one that still exists. Certainly the only specimen anyone at Heritage has ever laid eyes on.

    Although he's somewhat bottom-billed on the poster, in February of 1958, Buddy & the Crickets had released three earth-rattling Top 10 pop hits on Brunswick/Coral: "That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue" and "Oh! Boy." And yet first-listed Paul Anka had had only one hit so far, but it was also earth-shaking: "Diana," which topped the national charts in both pop and R&B.

    Jerry Lee Lewis had changed the world twice in the second half of 1957 with "Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On" and "Great Balls of Fire," both Top 5 hits. The Killer's brand new single this very month was "Breathless," which went Top 10 within weeks. As for Jodie Sands, misspelled on the poster? The Philadelphia pop songstress hit #15 with "With All My Heart" the previous year, but that was all she wrote.

    All of this big-hit success only underscores the fact that rock 'n' roll was just a silly teenage phenomenon at the time, not to be taken the least bit seriously. This poster has as much naïve innocence as any vintage rock 'n' roll advertising poster we've ever seen. Compare it to the seriousness of, say, the Alan Freed "Big Beat" caravan poster from the same year, which also had Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis on it. That was a serious design job and buttoned-down tour. This piece... just screams "high school sock hop." And we absolutely love it.

    Printed on thick pink paper, almost cardstock in quality, this poster measures 16 1/4" x 25 1/2" and grades to Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    Condition details: Poster was once folded in half horizontally, leaving a crease across the center but not breaking any of the black color it touches. Some nicks of paper loss on the edges to the left of the performer's knee and over to the right of "Starring and over from the showtime and date. Medium surface creasing up in the artist info but all in the pink. About a three-inch crease along the edge to the right. of "Roll." There was once a small torn piece in the lower left corner area, to the left of the bottom black star, which has been mended. It consisted of 1 ¼" and ½" tears. Poster also had some small holes or bug chews, especially above the words "Star" and "Roll," as well as a once-inch tear under the ampersand before The Crickets, which have been expertly mended and blended. All corners bumped, soft or lightly creased. A bit of general surface grime and handling over the ages.


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    July, 2021
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