Little Richard, Original Vintage 1957 Concert Poster, Thursday, August 8, , Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga [Tenn.], produced by Globe Posters of Baltimore with their imprint to the bottom margin. A striking, red and black boxing-style poster, 28.25 by 22”, (71.8 cm. by 55.9 cm.), about near fine, on the original card stock, with a touch of soiling and age toning, short closed tears to margins and bottom left corner, with archival tape repair to verso; the poster will be shipped flat.
Top billing for this all-star touring show belonged to Little Richard, who was riding high in 1957, with seven hit records on the charts, he had also starred in three movies, and in fact only Elvis Presley was enjoying similar success in these early days of rock ‘n’ roll. But this revue also included a formidable line-up of blues and r & b performers, many of whom were influential rock ‘n’ roll pioneers. The great soul singer Bobby Bland was enjoying his first #1 hit, Farther Up The Road, in 1957, accompanied by his constant touring partner, Junior Parker, whose Mystery Train had been a hit for Sun Records, and had been covered by Elvis in 1955 to even greater acclaim; similarly, Big Maybelle’s, Whole Lotta Shaking Goin’ On, which she first recorded in 1955, was currently a hit for Jerry Lee Lewis. The revue also included The Five Royales, featuring Lowman Pauling, whose combination of doo-wap, gospel and jump blues, would be instrumental in shaping the 50’s soul sound; and the great bluesman Jimmy Reed, a pioneer of electric blues whose vocal style, and harmonica and guitar playing were major influences on several generations of rock musicians. A very scarce and historically significant early rock poster in collectible condition. J1760