Buddy Holly Signed 1958 Tour Program

Sold For: $1,440

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2358

Item Year: 1960

Category: Americana

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Program from America's Greatest Teen-Age Recording Stars tour, signed on the interior by Buddy Holly and ten other performers. Holly has signed the program in blue ink (grading "9") atop his image on the the page featuring a photo of his band: Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Although the twenty-four page program is not dated, research indicates that Holly and Crickets performed on this tour from January 8th to January 27th in 1958. The ten additional signers, all of whom have autographed the program either on or next to their respective images, are Margie Rayburn, Joe Maudlin (Crickets), Danny Rapp (first name only; Danny and the Juniors), Joe Terranova (first name only; Danny and the Juniors), Frank Maffei (first name only; Danny and the Juniors), Phil Everly (The Everly Brothers), Curtis Williams (The Hollywood Flames), Clyde Tillis (first name only; The Hollywood Flames), Billy Brown, and Eddy Quinn (first name only; The Mello Kings). The signatures have all been scripted in blue ink and grade "8/9" on average. Buddy Holly's signature today is extremely rare due to his tragic and untimely death in 1959 at the age of twenty-two. Holly was at the top of the recording world at that time, having previously released a number of classic hits including "Peggy Sue" and "That'll Be The Day." After marrying in 1958, Holly eventually decided to leave the Crickets and pursue a solo career. It would be short lived. On February 3, 1959, Holly, Richie Valens and J. P. Richardson (aka The Big Bopper) all perished when their plane crashed during a snowstorm. The program (9 x 12 inches) displays moderate handling wear, with a few of the interior pages detached from the staples (the book is complete as issued). In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Full LOA from Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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