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98/77/7 Concert program, 'Lee Gordon Presents the Big Show Rock 'n' Roll with Little Richard', paper, printed by Publicity Press Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1957. Click to enlarge.

Little Richard concert program

Made by Publicity Press Pty Ltd in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1957.

This concert program has significance as a record of Little Richard’s Australian tour of October 1957. The tour was eventful because it was the first time Johnny O’Keefe performed at one of Lee Gordon’s ‘Big Shows’ and because of Little Richard’s dramatic decision to quit rock ‘n’ roll.

The tour featured Little Richard (with his band that included crack sax player Nat Douglas), along with three other American acts — Gene Vincent and his band the Blue Caps, Eddie Cochran and Alis Lesley (dubbed...


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Object Statement

Concert program, 'Lee Gordon Presents the Big Show Rock 'n' Roll with Little Richard', paper, printed by Publicity Press Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1957

Physical Description

Paper booklet, staple bound, 12 pages, single colour printed cover, monochrome printed text and photographs. Cover in red, which a black and white photograph of Little Richard (American rock 'n' roll star) appearing to burst through the cover, opposite a black and white image of 2 separate performers. Text in white with black shadow, 'Lee Gordon presents The Big Show, Rock 'n' roll with Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Alis Lesley, 1st Australian tour 1957'. Frontispiece contains a black and white image of Little Richard. Contains articles about the performers and various advertisements. Within are various handwritten song titles and comments written at the top of separate pages. Punched holes in booklet for storage in a ring binder.


Printer on back cover at base, monochrome print 'Printed by Publicity Press (1938) Pty. Ltd., 71-75 Regent Street, Sydney.'
Song titles on page 3 at upper edge, handwritten text in blue biro 'Rip It Up - Ready Teddy - Tutti Frutti - Long Tall Sally', on page four above the story on Gene Vincent 'Lotta' Loving - Wear My Ring'.



272 mm


423 mm



Concert program printed by Publicity Press Pty Ltd, 71-75 Regent Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, in 1957.

The Little Richard Australian tour took place in October 1957.



Purchased by the donor Maureen Goddard at the Little Richard performance she attended at Sydney Stadium on 4, 5 or 12 October 1957. Maureen collected concert programs and photographs as souvenirs of the performances she attended at the Stadium. She was involved in rock stars' fan clubs and this helped her to gain access to the stars to obtain their autographs. She was also a member of an organisation called Fan Club of Australia, a club for fans of rock 'n' roll in general, and appeared on ABC-TV's 'Six O'Clock Rock' to promote the organisation. She attended lunch hour shows hosted by the 2SM disc jockey Allan Lappin and it was there she met Fabian. She also attended Bob Rogers' regular Saturday morning 2UE broadcasts from a studio at Anthony Hordern's department store, where she met Crash Craddock and obtained his autograph.


Credit Line

Gift of Maureen Goddard, 1998

Acquisition Date

26 May 1998

Cite this Object


Little Richard concert program 2015, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 May 2019, <>


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