I. F. Ball featuring Buddy Rich and Skitch Henderson Bands, Friday, Nov. 7, 1947, Grace Hall [Lehigh University] from 10-2.Bethlehem, PA: 1947 Stock Code: 141245
NotesSuperb, scarce poster from the very outset of Rich's solo career. A musical prodigy on Broadway at two years old with his parents' act Wilson and Rich, he found fame under the sobriquet "Baby Traps the Drum Wonder". Rich was with Tommy Dorsey either side of brief military service, before forming this first band with financial assistance from Frank Sinatra. The band lasted just a couple of years before Rich returned to his role as one of the most in demand, and most demanding, sidemen in the Big Band world.
For this Interfraternity gig at Lehigh, Buddy's Band was paired with Skitch Henderson's outfit. Henderson was best known as a skilful accompanist, able to "re-sketch" a song in any key for a vocalist. He worked with Bing Crosby, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, was MD for Frank Sinatra's Light-up Time in the early 50s, he founded the highly successful New York Pops orchestra in 1983 and conducted it until his death in 2005.
Original concert poster (420 x 280 mm) printed in purple and black on cardstock.
Halftone portraits of Rich and Henderson.
A little toned, pin-holes to the top corners, slight creasing top right, oddly letterheads of a selection of 5 East Coast businesses mounted verso, including the Waldorf-Astoria, NY, The American College Dictionary,and Lehigh University Flying Club, very good.
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