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    Chuck Berry, Fats Domino 1957 Colorful Tour-Blank Globe Concert Poster. An original jumbo cardboard window card 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 on top (date, city, venue, ticket prices). The half-dozen HOF members are Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, Chuck Berry, the Moonglows and Charles Brown. One of the most attractive posters of the early rock 'n' roll era. Measures 22" x 28" and grades to restored Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    More Information: Super Attractions and Globe Posters really knocked it out of the park for their first Biggest Show of Stars poster, with an amazingly attractive presentation of pink, yellow, robin's-egg blue, 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 poster 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 Globe 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 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 window card. 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 poster's bill was rounded out by the 5 Keys, Ann Cole, the Schoolboys and Eddie Cooley and the Dimples.

    Condition details: Poster was found in recent years with just the color portion intact... the white borders had been trimmed off on all sides. Those four white borders, including the blank venue box up top and "Globe Poster – Baltimore" at the bottom have been lovingly re-created by Chameleon Restoration. The original artwork portion has about half-a-dozen pairs of staple holes, all around "Bill," "Doggett" and "Crying." Several surface creases are also evident, but they usually don't break color. The original center portion was once folded down the middle, so there's vertical creasing from the "S" in "Stars" down to the "And" in the bottom black strip. The upper right musician in the 5 Keys photo has damage to his face from a crease. There's a repaired crease between "Eddie" and "Cooley." And in the lower left quadrant, there's some creasing in the green to the direct left of "Satins." These things are all fairly minor, as the poster presents really well as soon as you step back from it.


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