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CLASSIC ROCK & ROLL: STARS OF THE EARLY YEARSReprint of a long article from Record World magazine, signed by many stars (most on or near their pictures). Signers include Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, Fabian, Frankie Avalon and Little Anthony, and individual members of groups like The Supremes, The Shirelles and The Coasters.

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CLASSIC ROCK & ROLL: STARS OF THE EARLY YEARSReprint of a long article from Record World magazine, signed by many stars (most on or near their pictures). Signers include Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, Fabian, Frankie Avalon and Little Anthony, and individual members of groups like The Supremes, The Shirelles and The Coasters. Over twenty signatures! Article signed (and inscribed by a few): "To/Colleen/Mary Wilson", "Karen/Jackson", "To my namesake/From Colleen Alexander", Love from/The Crystal/Deedee", "5/28/83/Jimmy Rodgers", "Bobby Day", "Rufus/Thomas", "Jr/Walker/and the/All/Stars/7/14/83", "Jo Terry Jr.", "Best Wishes/&/love/Shirley/Alston", "Bo Diddly", "Fats/Domino", "Randy Jones" (twice), "Boffy/Boler" (twice), "Fabian", "Chubby/Checker", "Frankie Avalon", "Peace/Little/Anthony", "The Dovells Mark Stevens", "Bill Wilson" and 3 unidentified signers, 20 pages 8½x11. Booklet titled on front cover "1950's Rock & Roll Revival."Article titled "Rock & Roll: The Evolution of a Revolution in Music", reprinted from Record World magazine. Many captioned photos of stars, with their biggest hits listed. Includes illustrated ads for recordings and a music store. MARY WILSON,co-founders of the Motown group, The Supremes (with Diana Ross and Flo Ballard), is the only member of the group to have stayed with it from its beginning in 1961. Wilson represented The Supremes when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 for a career whic, which included 12 No. 1 hits, including "Where Did Our Love Go?", "Baby Love", "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Someday We'll Be Together". Wilson has continued to tour, released solo singles and albums, and written two best-selling autobiographies, including Dreamgirl (which inspired the hit musical and film). She has also acted on the stage, film and television. KAREN JACKSON toured with Mary Wilson shortly after the breakup of the Supremes (1977), and has provided background vocals for many artists, including Lionel Ritchie. Dolores "DEE DEE" KENNIEBREW was a member of the popular Motown female quartet The Crystals, whose early 1960s hits included "He's a Rebel" and "Da Doo Ron Ron." JIMMIE RODGERS, no relation to the country music star of the same name, had his two biggest hits in 1957: "Honeycomb" and "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine." BOBBY DAY, one of the original doo wop stars, had two big 1958 hits, "Rockin' Robbin" and "Over and Over." He was also the first to record "Little Bitty Pretty One," although a cover version beat him onto the charts. Comedian, deejay and blues musician RUFUS THOMAS was one of the few to peak as a pop star in middle age. A great live entertainer, he had few hits of his own ("Do the Funky Chicken"), but influenced other artists, including his daughter Carla Thomas. JUNIOR WALKER was a tenor sax player whose raspy voice complemented his instrument. As leader of Junior Walker and the All Stars, he recorded R&B dance hits like "Shotgun" and "How Sweet It Is". He was in demand again in the disco era. SHIRLEY (OWENS) ALSTON and the Shirelles were the first girl group to reach #1 on the pop charts in the rock era, with "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." Other well remembered Shirelles hits include "Dedicated to the One I Love" and "Soldier Boy." BO DIDDLEY didn't sell as many records as some of his contemporaries, but his rhythms and guitar style greatly influenced other artists, and some of his singles, including "Diddy Wah Diddy" and "Who Do You Love," belong on any short list of early rock classics. Some say New Orleans R&B artist FATS DOMINO cut the first rock & roll song ("The Fat Man", 1949). He was the biggest selling black rocker of the 1950s, with a string of hits including "Ain't That a Shame", "Blueberry Hill" and "I Hear You Knockin'". The Coasters were one of the most popular R&B to rock crossover groups of the late 1950s, singing with humor as well as style on hits like "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown" and "Poison Ivy." By the early 1960s, however, the Coasters' name had become the subject of bitter dispute, with rival groups claiming to be the authentic group. RANDY JONES a veteran from The Flairs and The Penguins, was part of several Coasters revival groups from 1966 until his death in 2002. BOFFY BOLES is another Coasters claimant. Ernest Evans, who recorded as CHUBBY CHECKER will always be identified with the dance craze he started, The Twist" (1960). His songs promoted other dances, like the Pony and the Limbo, but the Twist swept the country, even winning the artist two starring roles in two films. FABIAN (Fabian Forte) peaked as a "teen idol" in 1959, with hits which included "Tiger" and "Turn Me Loose." He made some movie appearances too, not all of them limited to teen audiences (The Longest Day). He was hurt by the "payola" scandal, but his continued singing, including a recent pairing with Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell as The Golden Boys. FRANKIE AVALON, another "teen idol," had several pop hits in the late 1950s, including "Venus" and "Bobby Sox to Stockings." He was paired with Annette Funicello in a string of "beach party" movies, and had some other acting roles (The Alamo). A new generation discovered him when he was featured as Teen Angel in the film version of Grease (1978). Anthony Gourdine headed a popular quartet, recast as LITTLE ANTHONY and the Imperials by rock deejay/impresario Alan Freed, had a string of his in the early and mid-1960s, including "Going Out of My Head" and "Tears on My Pillow." The group broke up - with Anthony pursuing a career in gospel music - but reunited and continued performing with their original lineup in the early 2000s. MARK STEVENS was a founding member of The Dovells, which had some dance hits, especially "The Bristol Stomp," in the early 1960s. The Dovells, including Stevens, performed at President Clinton's inaugural balls in 1992 and 1996. And there are other names here waiting to be discovered by a lover of classic rock. Cover split at fold crease 8" up from bottom edge. Cover lightly soiled on front and verso. Corners creased and edges lightly worn. Pages toned slightly. Otherwise, fine condition.

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