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1958 Jerry Lee Lewis Overseas Concert Poster - Canceled Performance Due to His Marriage Scandal
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $592.50
Rare window card heralding the appearance of Jerry Lee Lewis, The Treniers, and The Hedley Ward Trio at the Gaumont Palace Theater in Doncaster, England, on Tuesday, June 17, 1958. The window card features a portrait image of "The Killer," and notes his three recent hits: "A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On," "Great Balls of Fire," and "Breathless." What is perhaps most interesting about this piece is that Lewis never played at the Gaumont on that date, and that this fact relates to his legend and career. Lewis was at the peak of his career when he signed on for his first overseas tour in the spring of 1958. Touring with the Treniers and The Hedley Ward Trio, Lewis was to appear in thirty-four different cities, in both Scotland and England, between May 27 and June 29. Unfortunately, just as he arrived overseas to start the tour, information leaked out to the press that Lewis (who was twenty-two years old at the time) had recently married his thirteen-year-old cousin. As news of the scandal spread, Lewis was forced to cut short the tour after only four concerts. He was replaced on the tour by Chas Mcdevitt and Terry Wayne. The scandal effectively ruined Lewis' career, as record stations refused to play his songs anymore. It wasn't until the late 1960s that he was able to finally resurface, when he resurrected himself with a number of country hits before once again returning to rock and roll in the 1970s. The window card (10 x 15 inches), printed on thin cardboard stock, displays tack holes in each corner, as well as at the center of the top border. An ink notation along the bottom left border appears to have later been covered with Wite-Out, with a portion of the Wite-Out subsequently having flaked off. It should be noted that all of those minor flaws are relegated to the border areas and can easily be matted out. The remainder of the poster is Near Mint condition and displays beautifully. This is the first example of this rare Jerry Lee Lewis overseas concert poster we have ever seen, let alone handled. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $592.50
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