Take a trip through time to bring to light rarely documented concerts, recordings, and anecdotes from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Biggest In Person Show of 1956
package was booked as a 40-date tour and although Bill Haley was once again the
headliner, Frankie Lymon was the hot group at the time of the tour.Although not as tense as the spring tour,
Haley is banned from several shows by local ordinances or orders.The
Vic Lewis Orchestra is a British set of musicians who join the tour for part of
its run backing most of the acts. The Buddy Johnson Orchestra later joins when
the British musicians return home.
Bill Haley & Comets, The Platters, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Lymon &
Teenagers, The Clovers, Ella Johnson, Chuck Berry, Shirley & Lee, Shirley
Gunter, The Flairs, Buddy Johnson Orchestra, Vic Lewis Orchestra
I have only a partial itinerary for this tour, so any additions would be welcomed.
14, 1956 The Mosque, Richmond, VA
17, 1956 City Auditorium, Winston-Salem, NC
18, 1956 Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, WVA
20, 1956 Olympia Theater, Detroit, MI
21, 1956 Sports Arena, Toledo, OH
A single show booked at 8:30 p.m.
22, 1956 Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA
sell-out shows tonight with plenty of police presence to keep the crowd under
control.Bill Haley and the
Comets were banished from the show by police order.
23, 1956 Arena, Cleveland, OH
performance scheduled tonight.
24, 1956 Gardens, Cincinnati, OH
total of 8,000 fans fill the Gardens for tonight's show.The local Enquirer newspaper sent their theatre critic to review the
show.His review was kindly but he left
long before the headline acts performed due to deadlines.
25, 1956 Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, OH
Two shows booked at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
26, 1956War Memorial Auditorium,
Two shows booked at 7 and 10 p.m.
27, 1956 Onondaga County War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, NY
shows scheduled tonight.
October 29, 1956 Auditorium, Ottawa, Canada
October 30, 1956 Auditorium, Kitchener, Canada
2, 1956 Indiana Theater, Indianapolis, IN
3, 1956 Missouri Theatre, St. Louis, MO
4, 1956 Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MO
8, 1956 Ice Arena, Albuquerque, NM
Two shows are scheduled at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
9, 1956 Liberty Hall, El Paso, TX
13, 1956 City Auditorium, Galveston, TX
14, 1956 Heart of Texas Coliseum, Waco, TX
15, 1956 Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TX
16, 1956 Sportatorium, Dallas, TX
24, 1956 Opera House, Chicago, IL
shows scheduled tonight at 7 and 10 p.m.
25, 1956 War Memorial Auditorium, Ft. Wayne, IN