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    Chuck Berry, Fats Domino 1957 "Biggest Show of Stars" Concert Handbill. The small paper version of the previous lot's "Biggest Show of Stars for '57" poster. Has the same tremendously colorful and dynamic design the poster uses, only with venue and ticket information at the bottom instead of the top. This specimen is from the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, N.Y. on Tuesday, February 19, 1957. Interesting to note that while the Shrine poster used less than 10 words in its venue box, the Buffalo promoter used almost 75 to get people scrambling for tickets.

    In the bright-colored image area, there are actually five small differences between the poster and the handbill. Can you spot all five?

    The presence of George "Hound Dog" Lopez is a nice sweetener on this piece, for he was an early champion of R&B and doo-wop (and therefore, rock 'n' roll) on Buffalo's radio waves from the very beginning. More than a dozen states along the Eastern Seaboard tuned into his show "The Sound of the Hound" in the 1950's, played over 50,000-watt WKBW in Buffalo. No less than Little Richard once credited Hound Dog with being one of the first white deejays to carry Black music all over the United States.

    Almost anything from the 50's like this is rare, and this handbill is so scarce that we've only had one for sale, ever. That specimen (from three weeks later in Oregon) pulled in $3,125 in 2018. Measures 6 ¼" x 8 ¾" and grades to Very Good Plus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    More Information: The five differences between the poster (previous lot) and flyer/handbill:

    1. Where the poster has pink coloring, the flyer has red.
    2. The handbill has two green stars at the top center which the poster lacks.
    3. The 5 Keys' song title adds "The" on the flyer only.
    4. The 5 Keys' photo overlaps the green oval on the handbill.
    5. The Moon Glows' name is in a bigger font on the poster, and smaller on the flyer.

    Condition details: Main issue is two horizontal creases at the 1/3 points, luckily neither one breaking color at all. Item was printed on robust matte stock which easily weathered the folds, almost always the result of fliers like this being folded down to small standard envelope size and sent through the mail. You would not be incorrect to call it simply a side effect of the promoter's original marketing, as opposed to ‘damage.' The only other imperfection is the slightest possible ding on the bottom edge under "George Hound," which correlates to a rust mark on the verso left by a paper clip.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2020
    8th-9th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 19
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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