Out of them all, and in the lot were two Frank Sinatra programmes along with Abbott & Costello (I didn’t even know they visited here!) and Bob Hope, this was the prize – the first ever fully fledged Rock and Roll show featuring none other than ole kiss curl himself, Bill Haley. History was in the making when Haley toured Australia for the first time on many levels. His tour influenced a lot of local musicians to stop playing jazz and start playing rock and roll, his tour was the first full blown Australian tour by a major American act. Haley, riding on the crest of a wave caused by the amazing success of Rock Around The Clock and it’s use in the movie The Blackboard Jungle, was somewhat of a pudgy, balding and aging star, closer to people’s fathers age than the teenagers that would come screaming to his show was a definite coup. The tour went around the country and Haley played to around 300,000 people in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne. So successful was the tour that promoter, Lee Gordon, offered Haley an extra $100,000 to remain in the country another week. Also on the tour were The Platters, Big Joe Turner, LaVern Baker and Freddie Bell and the Bellboys.
The only pages I haven't scanned yet are the two centre pages - a centrespread - but I'll scan that soon enough.
See Ya Later, Alligator!