A collection of documents relating to Jerry Lee Lewis’ (1935- ) performances at Colston Hall, Bristol, UK on Tuesday 8 May 1962. Jerry Lee Lewis played 2 shows at Colston Hall on this date, one at 6:30pm and one at 8:45pm.
The collection includes correspondence between promoter Don Arden (1926-2007) and F. K. Cowley, the entertainments manager at Colston Hall.
In the earliest letter, dated 24 January 1962, Arden asks Cowley to remind him if Cowley has reserved May 8th or May 11th for him.
In a letter dated 16th February 1962, Cowley states that he has included “the usual form of agreement in respect of the Jerry Lee Lewis show on the 8th May”.
In a letter dated 1st March 1962, Arden informs Cowley that he is returning the “agreement in respect of the Jerry Lee Lewis Show on May 8th together with a cheque for £19.13.9d as a deposit”.
Arden asks Cowley to add Jess Conrad as co-star to Brenda Lee in a concert on April 13 in a letter dated 9th March 1962.
In a letter dated 9th April 1962 and typed on Colston Hall headed paper, Cowley tells Arden that he thinks that “Gene Vincent may attract some business if you put him in the Jerry Lee Lewis Bill”.
On 10th April 1962 Arden replies informing Cowley that he has definitely decided to put Gene Vincent on the Jerry Lee Lewis bill.
An undated compliments slip from Cowley to Arden reads “A request for payment of balance due has been forwarded to the City Treasurer”.
The collection also features a 12½” x 8” Performance Statement which gives details of expenditure and income and 2 Performance Return forms which give details of how many tickets were sold for each performance. These forms are all signed by Cowley.
Also included is a flyer (5¾” x 9”) advertising the concert with a booking form attached, as well as a publicity copy of a letter from Arden to Hastings Printing Co. stating quantities of promotional materials needed. A note on the page says “This is a specimen sheet only the details are not correct”.
Don Arden, father of Ozzy Osbourne’s wife Sharon, worked as a music manager and agent and famously managed Small Faces, Electric Light Orchestra and Black Sabbath.
A fantastic collection of memorabilia from the early career of the famous music mogul, relating to one of the most popular rock and roll stars of all time.