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    Duane Eddy / Gene Vincent / The Shirelles Vintage U.K. Concert Handbill (1963).
    An original paper advertising flyer, complete with unmarked booking form, for a 1963 British tour of American rock legends and hit-makers, all three of whom wound up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This show took place just five days after President Kennedy was assassinated back home on U.S. soil: Wednesday, November 27, 1963 in Leeds, England, at an Odeon movie theater.

    Duane Eddy headlined the tour, the "King of the Twang Guitar" who was greatly admired by restless and emerging British rock guitarists. Eddy was celebrating his brand new album Twangin' Up a Storm!, and you can be sure he did just that for British audiences.

    The Shirelles were pop goddesses with six big American hits to their credit, but the English didn't know what they were missing. Astoundingly, only one of those broke through to the Brits: "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (of course), which hit #4 over there. But at least one little group from Liverpool had a clue; the Beatles covered not one but two Shirelles tunes on their debut LP Please Please Me: "Baby It's You" and "Boys." Thank you for singing those, John and Ringo!

    We have to jump to Gene Vincent next, especially in the context of the Fab Four, because Gene was a founding rock & roll father of sorts with his all-important "Be-Bop-A-Lula" in 1958, which you just know turned the Quarry Men on their ear. Vincent would never equal that success, but he moved to England this very year (1963) and was a European touring machine throughout the 1960's.

    Then we switch to the English acts on the bill, led by Carter Lewis & the Southerners. Is it possible that Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin was on stage with them this night? There had to be a chance, because he was a Southerner briefly in '63, and the group released two singles this year and Page played on both of them. So you tell us!

    Further trivia: Carter & Lewis sang background vocals on The Who's first single "I Can't Explain," and John Carter sang the lead vocal on the mid-60's hit "Winchester Cathedral" by the New Vaudeville Band.

    The bill is rounded out by super-producer Mickie Most (Animals, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Jeff Beck) when he was still trying to make it as a recording artist; comedian Ray Cameron; and the Flintstones and Roof-Raisers, whom we'll let you do your own research on. :-)

    Measures 9" x 5.75". In Near Mint condition, with slight evidence of handling at edges and very small specks of residue at upper left hand edge, but basically in beautiful shape, and totally printed in the fall of 1963. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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