Saturday, April 28, 2018

Biggest Show of Stars of 1958 - Fall Edition

Irving Feld books Buddy Holly and the Crickets to headline his Fall edition of the Biggest Show of Stars in 1958.   A modest 17-date tour was outlined for the Eastern U.S. and Canada. The tour rehearsed on October 2 in New York City before heading for Worcester to open the tour the following day.   Buddy and the Crickets sign for $9,900 for the tour. Tragically, four months later Buddy Holly would be killed in a plane crash with Richie Valens and The Big Bopper while on another package tour.

Talent: Buddy Holly & Crickets, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, The Coasters, The Elegants, The Olympics, Dion & Belmonts, Bobby Freeman, The Danleers, Jimmy Clanton, Jack Scott, Little Anthony & Imperials, Sil Austin Orchestra

October 3, 1958 Auditorium, Worcester, MA
October 4, 1958 Arcadia Ballroom, Providence, RI

A show at the State Theater, Hartford, CT is cancelled and the Providence date replaced it.

October 4, 1958 State Theater, Hartford, CT
October 5, 1958 Forum, Montreal, Canada
October 6, 1958 Memorial Centre, Petersborough, Canada
October 7, 1958 Memorial Auditorium, Kitchener, Canada
October 8, 1958 Sports Arena, Toledo, OH

One show at 8:00 p.m.
October 9, 1958 Indiana Theater, Indianapolis, IN
October 10, 1958 State Fair Coliseum, Louisville, KY

One show at 8:30 p.m.

October 11, 1958 Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, OH
October 12, 1958 Stanbaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, OH
October 13, 1958 Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA

Two shows at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.

October 14, 1958 Akron Armory, Akron, OH

Two shows at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.

October 15, 1958 War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, NY
The show draws only 2,500 fans leading the staff of the venue to cut bookings for rock and roll shows in the future.

October 16, 1958 Catholic Youth Center, Scranton, PA
October 17, 1958 Municipal Auditorium, Norfolk, VA
October 18, 1958 Park Center, Charlotte, NC
October 19, 1958 The Mosque, Richmond, VA