AUTHENTIC GROUP AUTOGRAPHS

ITEM#: AA156
PRICE: $65,000


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  DESCRIPTION
GAUMONT CINEMA, 2 St. George's Parade, Wolverhampton, ENGLAND.
COMPLETE LEATHER BOUND PERFORMERS GUEST LOG 14" x 9" AUTOGRAPH BOOK, SIGNATURES DATE FROM 1948 THROUGH OCTOBER 1971,
including the beatles, two autographed pages of
BOTH DATES OF THE GROUP'S APPEARANCES FROM MARCH 14, 1963 AND NOVEMBER 19, 1963.

Situated on Snow Hill, 'The Agricultural Hall'  was built in 1863 and presented concerts, recitals, minstrel shows and later films from 1910. The Hall was demolished in 1931 and a new Gaumont Theatre called the Gaumont Palace was built on the site. The Gaumont Palace opened on September 5, 1932 with the film "A Night Like This".

The Theatre was built on two levels, stalls and one circle, with an elaborate proscenium with molded plasterwork and concealed lighting behind. Equipped with a 23 foot deep stage and eight dressing rooms. the Theatre was able to put on live shows as well as film, and was also equipped with an Organ on a lift which could rise out of the orchestra pit.

The Theatre was renamed the Gaumont Cinema in 1937 and was home to film and then in the late 1950's and 60s many pop concerts although the last live show at the Theatre was on October 11, 1973 when Cliff Richard played there. The final film showing was on the November 10, 1973 with Mario Lanza in '"he Great Caruso'" and Gene Kelly in "Singing in the Rain". The Theatre was demolished in March 1974 and an Allied Carpet store was constructed on the site.

FAB 4 COLLECTIBLES IS MOST PROUD TO OFFER THIS ASTOUNDING 14" x 9" COMPLETE LEATHER BOUND PERFORMERS GUEST LOG AUTOGRAPH BOOK, WITH SIGNATURES THAT DATE FROM 1948 THROUGH OCTOBER 1971, REPRESENTING NEARLY EVERY SINGLE ACT AND PERFORMER THAT CAME THROUGH THE GAUMONT CINEMA WOLVERHAMPTON - FROM THE EARLY BOOKINGS OF ACTORS, RADIO AND TELEVISION CELEBRITIES and crooners IN THE LATE 1940'S - then transforming INTO A Rock and Roll Time Capsule.

           

all the British tour PACKAGES PLAYED THE GAUMONT before they hit the USA - making THIS TRULY a magnificent History book of Rock AUTOGRAPHS from a famous English Venue with so many of the greatest performers of all time - including of course - the beatles, who played the gaumont wolverhampton twice in 1963. EACH PAGE IS HAND-NUMBERED IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER, AND IN SOME CASES HAS AN ACTUAL DATE WRITTEN IN LIGHT PENCIL OF THOSE SIGNED PAGES.

EACH OF THESE LARGE 174 AUTOGRAPHED PAGES is a TREMENDOUS HISTORICAL COMPILATION - HUNDREDS OF ACTS AND THEIR autographs ALL in one place AND MOSTLY in chronological order. EVERY PAGE IS WELL PRESERVED AND THE MAJORITY of the signatures are ball point AND APPEAR AS THOUGH THEY were signed yesterday. It's so very hard to fathom all These EARLY STARS AND THEN Rock luminaries who all stood in the same place signing the same book, playing the same stage, for 23 years.

The CRINKLY ALLIGATOR SKIN LEATHER Book HAS THE SCENT OF ANTIQUITY FROM A vintage BRITISH theater. It is QUITE an impressive thing to behold. THE LEATHER COVER IS A BIT TATTERED BUT REMAINING STURDY DESPITE ITS AGE. MANY PAGES REMAIN INTACT WITHIN THE BINDING, AND SEVERAL PAGES ARE SEPARATED FROM THE BINDING. YET, ALL OF THE PAGES ARE THERE, AND AGAIN, EVERY AUTOGRAPH WITHIN THE LOG BOOK REMAIN BOLD AND BRILLIANT.


SOME OF OF THE MOST NOTABLE AUTOGRAPHS from the hundreds of signatures INCLUDE
:

THE BEATLES - BOTH DATES OF THE GROUP'S APPEARANCES FROM MARCH 14, 1963 (PAGE 73)  AND NOVEMBER 19, 1963 (PAGE 89).
                                             
MARCH 14TH: PAUL WRITES "ALL THE BEST!, FROM THE BEATLES"
                                              NOVEMBER 19TH: JOHN WRITES "BEATLES  THANKS" :

  


PICTURED BELOW
:

BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS - MARCH 7, 1958 (PAGE 30)
CLIFF RICHARD & THE SEARCHERS - SIGNATURES FROM FIVE DATES (PAGE 55)
THE EVERLY BROTHERS (PHIL & DON) - OCTOBER 10, 1963 (PAGE 55)

   


THE DRIFTERS - MAY 13, 1959
ALAN FREEMAN - LEGENDARY DISC JOCKEY FROM RADIO LUXEMBOURG
GENE VINCENT - SIGNATURES FROM TWO OF HIS DATES
CHUBBY CHECKER - SEPTEMBER 4, 1962


PICTURED BELOW
:

LITTLE RICHARD - OCTOBER 10, 1963 (PAGE 120)
CHUCK BERRY - JANUARY 28, 1965 (PAGE 122)
THE MOODY BLUES WITH DENNY LAINE - JANUARY 28, 1965 (PAGE 122)

  


BOBBY RYDELL - NOVEMBER 19, 1963
CHRIS MONTEZ AND TOMMY ROE- WHILE TOURING WITH THE BEATLES
HELEN SHAPIRO - WHILE TOURING WITH THE BEATLES
MANFRED MANN - FEBRUARY 25, 1964


PICTURED BELOW
:

THE ROLLING STONES - MARCH 6, 1964 - MICK JAGGER (PAGE 104)
THE ROLLING STONES - MARCH 6, 1964 - MICK JAGGER AND THE STONES WITHOUT BRIAN JONES (PAGE 105)



PICTURED BELOW
:

THE ROLLING STONES - OCTOBER 5, 1964 - BRIAN JONES AND BILL WYMAN. ALSO THE MOJO'S (PAGE 112)
THE ROLLING STONES - OCTOBER 5, 1964 - MICK JAGGER, KEITH RICHARDS, DON SPENCER (PAGE 113)


THE KINKS WITH RAY DAVIES - APRIL 29, 1964
THE HOLLIES WITH GRAHAM NASH - APRIL 29, 1964
LULU - SIGNATURES FROM THREE OF HER DATES
DEL SHANNON - MARCH 2, 1965
STEVIE WONDER - APRIL 10, 1965 (MOTOWN-TAMLA REVUE)
THE VANDELLAS - APRIL10, 1965 (MOTOWN-TAMLA REVUE)
THE SUPREMES - APRIL10, 1965 (MOTOWN-TAMLA REVUE)
HERMAN'S HERMITS - NOVEMBER 3, 1965
GENE PITNEY - NOVEMBER 17, 1965
CAT STEVENS - APRIL 13, 1967
ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK - APRIL 13, 1967


PICTURED BELOW
:

ROY ORBISON - SIGNATURES FROM THREE OF HIS DATES. THIS ONE BELOW IS FROM MARCH 16, 1965. HE WRITES THE DATE AS WELL. (PAGE 131)
MARIANNE FAITHFUL - MARCH 16, 1965 (PAGE 131)
JIMI HENDRIX & NOEL REDDING (RENOWNED BASSIST FOR HENDRIX EXPERIENCE) - APRIL 13, 1967 (PAGE 169)

   

THE GAUMONT CINEMA AUTOGRAPH LOG BOOK IS ACCOMPANIED BY 174 INDIVIDUAL LETTERS OF AUTHENTICITY FROM RENOWNED BEATLES AND ROCK AND ROLL AUTOGRAPH EXPERT PAUL WANE, OF TRACKS, U.K. . EACH LETTER CORRELATES CONCISELY WITH THE SIGNATURES ON EACH PAGE OF THE BOOK, AND BOUND IN A THREE-RING 14" X 10" NOTEBOOK. PICTURED BELOW ARE LETTERS FOR PAGE EIGHTY-EIGHT AND EIGHTY-NINE (LEFT SIDE) AND NINETY AND NINETY-ONE (RIGHT SIDE):

THE AUTOGRAPH LOG BOOK IS ALSO ACCOMPANIED BY A TYPED NINE-PAGE "GO TO" LIST, THAT HAS EACH PAGE NUMBER OF THE LOG BOOK, AND THE NAMES OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHOSE SIGNATURES APPEAR ON THAT SPECIFIC PAGE:

ALSO INCLUDED IS AN ORIGINAL (NOT A COPY) NEWSPAPER CLIPPING FROM THE NOVEMBER 29, 1963 EDITION OF THE WOLVERHAMPTON CHRONICLE AND THE LARGE ARTICLE OF "THE INSIDE STORY OF THE BEATLES' VISIT TO WOLVERHAMPTON". IT COVERS THE STORY OF THEIR PERFORMANCE FROM NOVEMBER 19TH, AND "ALL THE LADS WANT TO DO IS PLEASE YOU":

ALSO INCLUDED IS A TYPED 8" x 6" LETTER DATED 21ST NOVEMBER 1963, FROM THE RANK ORGANISATION THEATRE DIVISION, REGIONAL CONTROLLER'S OFFICE, GAUMONT CINEMA IN BIRMINGHAM. IT IS FROM THE CONTROLLER, WRITTEN TO THE MANAGER OF THE WOLVERHAMPTON GAUMONT, JOSEPH ALEXANDER, AND SENDING APPRECIATION IN WHICH "THE BEATLES SHOW" WAS HANDLED ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH:

 

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