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    Chuck Berry, Fats Domino 1957 "Biggest Show of Stars" Concert Handbill. An original paper handout flyer advertising six future members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other hit-makers on tour in the spring of 1957. This was a "tour blank" in which different stops on the tour would have specific details printed into the white box at the bottom (date, city, venue, ticket prices). This specimen was for a pair of shows at Bushnell Memorial Hall in Hartford, Connecticut on Sunday, April 14, 1957. The half-dozen HOF members are Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, Chuck Berry, the Moonglows and Charles Brown.

    One of the most attractive designs of the early rock 'n' roll era. Super Attractions really knocked it out of the park for their first Biggest Show of Stars advertising, with an amazingly attractive presentation of dark pink, yellow, green, black and white. That's five colors in all, and they're arranged in nothing short of spectacular fashion.

    The line-up of rock 'n' rollers and R&B stars on this tour was highly impressive, led by the aforementioned six R&R HOF'ers. So why is Bill Doggett co-headlining? Because his seminal instrumental "Honky Tonk Pts. 1 & 2" was #1 R&B for three months the previous year. Even the gentleman at the very bottom of the poster with no picture, Paul Williams, had a #1 R&B hit for 14 weeks in 1949, "The Huckle-Buck." These guys knew how to make hits.

    The Martin Scorcese hit motion picture The Irishman w/DeNiro, Pacino & Pesci included both sides of Doggett's "Honky Tonk" single in the soundtrack. And "In the Still of the Night" by the 5 Satins (lower left of this poster) both opened and closed the movie. There's no better evidence that this music is still timeless and relevant.

    The arrangement of type fonts and the color scheme on this handbill 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 fliers and posters never got interviewed in the national press to tell the story of how these got made.

    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 as well: "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 (Blueberry/Monday/Walkin') spent a combined total of 25 weeks at #1.

    From the mid-50's to the mid-60's, few concert posters/handbills 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 piece. A lot of people collect them, but they're so rare that nobody has ever been able to collect them all, even the most well-heeled and determined collectors.

    The tour's line-up was rounded out by the 5 Keys, Ann Cole, the Schoolboys and Eddie Cooley and the Dimples.

    Measures 6 ½" x 8 ¾" and grades to Very Good condition with creasing to the top and bottom edges, another crease in the venue box, light toning on the left side and adhesive residue on the verso. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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