OUTSTANDING "BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS" 1955 BOXING STYLE CONCERT POSTER.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
14x22" thick cardboard poster advertising a "Sun. May 22" concert in "Himmelreich's Grove On Rt. 422 Near Womelsdorf, Penna." w/"Appearing In Person Bill Haley And His Comets." The groups tag line "The Shake Rattle And Roll Boys" and three songs "Dim Dim The Lights," "Mambo Rock" and "Happy Beat" are listed at bottom. Featured graphic is a classic promo image of Haley and his Comets w/additional text below "On Decca Records/ Get Their New Hits!" Two light horizontal creases barely affecting the top of the photo and the extreme lower edge of text "Haley" that are noticeable upon close inspection but otherwise detract minimally. Top corners have light creases contained to the margin and overall there is minor handling wear consistent w/limited use. Fine. Extremely clean w/fresh color and creamy white borders. Haley's most famous work "Rock Around Clock" had entered the charts only eight days before this show and on July 9, 1955 it became the first rock 'n roll song to top the Billboard Pop chart remaining there for eight weeks. The song was the first rock 'n roll tune ever preformed on the Ed Sullivan Show during the Aug. 7, 1955 broadcast and became the anthem of the 1950s youth culture ushering rock 'n roll into the mainstream. This is the only example of this historic poster known to us. A rare opportunity to obtain a truly historic artifact from the launching pad of rock 'n roll's popularity.
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