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    Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins "Top Record Stars of '56" Early Rock 'n' Roll Concert Poster. An excitingly early cardboard window card advertising 11 hit-makers from the earliest phase of rock 'n' roll, R&B and doo-wop playing a tour stop in Scranton, PA on Monday, July 9, 1956. The stars were led by future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins and Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers.

    This is a rare poster that we've never been able to offer before. The biggest strength of this poster, besides its cool 1950's design with musicians depicted in "floating heads" fashion, is all the great song titles. Check them out: Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven," Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" and Lymon's "Why Do Fools Fall in Love." Frankie was only 13 years old! Then you throw in Al Hibbler's "Unchained Melody" - a huge song that's become an untouchable evergreen - and you have a poster with extreme musical gravitas.

    And it doesn't stop there - Cathy Carr's "Ivory Tower" was a #2 pop hit. Shirley & Lee's "Feel So Good" was #2 R&B, plus their "Let the Good Times Roll" was released this month, on its way to #1 R&B. Songwriter Bobby Charles' own "See You Later, Alligator" had been a Top 10 hit for Bill Haley & His Comets earlier this year. Della Reese would move on to a major TV and film career. Both the Cleftones' and Spaniels' songs on the poster were Top 10 R&B hits. Even bandleader Illinois Jacquet had logged a pair of Top 5 R&B hits. Zero clunkers on this poster!

    The venue was the C.Y.C. in Scranton, which can have a lot of meanings but in this case was the Catholic Youth Center. Tickets ranged from $1.75 to $3.00... incomprehensible today! Measures 14" x 22" and grades to repaired Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions; Repair Work by Chameleon Restoration.


    More Information: The top of this window card is a little bit wavy, not 100% flat. There's a crease through "C.Y.C." and toning in the venue box. All four corners have filled tack holes. Cathy Carr's chin has a visible blemish, and there's a soil mark above the "Y" in her name. Small crease going across Chuck Berry's hair, and another crease under the "P" in "Perkins." There's a two-inch repaired tear to the right of Lee's face (Shirley & Lee). A small white blemish above the last "E" in "Reese." Illinois Jacquet's name has had repair work which also touches on the red-letter "Big Rockin'" line below it. Some extra brown along the bottom edge from toning or soiling. On the board's verso, heavy reconstruction visible to the two upper corners.


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    Auction Dates
    July, 2021
    16th-18th Friday-Sunday
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