|These girls never backed Ray. The Cookies after Margie Hendricks left. From left to right: Beulah Robertson, Ethel Darlene McCrea, Dorothy Jones, c. 1957.|
|Billboard, Jan. 26, 1957.|
19 January 1957
28 January 1957
12 - 13 February 1957
Palace Auditorium, Knoxville, TN.
17 February 1957
8:30 - 12:30 dance gig at Muncie Armory, Muncie, Ind.
4 March 1957
"There was nothing blithe in Blythedale [...] when 1,500 screaming and frenzied, table-top dancing rock 'n' roll fans of blues singer Ray Charles roched the Off-Shore Club like a boat in a squall, thus making the action truly off-shore." When management couldn't restore order, "Joe Mitchell, co-manager of the spot, climbed upon a table and started to shoot blanks into the ceiling in an attempt to gain attention and control the mob. After that, doors were made where there had been none before." (Source: Pittsburgh Courier, Mar. 9).
6 March 1957
Club Hi Fi, Baltimore.
|Ad in Baltimore Sun, 6 March 1957.|
Dance engagement from 9 to 1 at K. of C. Hall, Indianapolis ("has been aptly called the most sensational piano-playing vocalist of the new half century", "has been drawing capacity houses all over the country with their unique swing styling and blues singing"; cf. this).
21 March 1957
26 April 1957
With Ruth Brown at Uptown, Philadelphia.
9 May 1957
Article in Los Angeles Sentinel of this day: manager Jeff Brown and 'driver Shakleford' taking flying lessons.
18 May 1957
19 May 1957
Arch Tavern, Monessen.
|From Billboard, May 20.|
30 May 1957
|Ad in Baltimore Afro-American.|
2 June 1957
8 June 1957
Town Club, Virginia Beach.
12 June 1957
Magnolia Ballroom, Atlanta.
|Ad from Billboard, May 27.|
Tour brochure of the Fantabulous Rock & Roll And Blues Show of '57.
|Billboard, Nov. 25, 1957.|
Fantabulous Rock & Roll And Blues Show of '57 in Fayetteville.
After this, the group was slated to also show in Bluefield, Raleigh, Chattanooga, Louisville, Birmingham, Houston, Dallas and Oklahoma City.
10 October 1957
Fantabulous Rock & Roll And Blues Show of '57 at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh.
15 October 1957
With Micky & Sylvia, The Del Vikings, The Moonglows, Big Joe Turner, Roy Brown, Bo Diddley a.o. in the Fantabulous Rock & Roll And Blues Show of '57 at Bell Auditorium in Augusta (cf. this).
|Ad from Augusta Chronicle.|
17 October 1957
With the Fantabulous Rock & Roll And Blues Show of '57 at the New Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem.
20 October 1957
Two runs of the Fantabulous Rock & Roll And Blues Show of '57 with Mary Ann Fisher and "his concert and dance orchestra" at Auburn Ave. Casino in Atlanta; with Mickey & Sylvia, Larry Williams, Big Joe Turner, Roy Brown, Bo Diddley, The Del Vikings, Tiny Topsy, The Moon Glows, Nappy Brown, The Velours, Vikki Nelson, Annie Laurie.
|Ad in Atlanta Daily World, Oct. 20.|
28 October 1957
31 October 1957
Fantabulous Halloween Rock 'n' Roll Blues Show and Dance at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio.
|Ad from San Antonio Register, Oct. 25.|
10 November 1957
Fantabulous Rock & Roll And Blues Show of '57 at Main Arena, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City.
Fantabulous Rock & Roll And Blues Show of '57 at Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis; with Mickey and Sylvia, Larry 'The Short Fat Fannie' Williams and his orchestra, Big Joe Turner, Bo Diddley and his Trio, Ray Charles "and his dance orchestra [...] of nine men who were also the house-band", Mary Ann Fisher, Roy Brown, The Del Vikings, Nappy Brown, Vikki Nelson, Annie Laurie; cf. this).
|Ad from New York Amsterdam News.|
|Most or all of the photos in this collage were taken in '57.|
On the 29th also two concerts at benefit for the
The show is aired on Voice Of America. (The tape still exists, but the audio has never been released; see this).
End of 1957
|B.B. King and Ray Charles, Memphis, 1957. Probably taken at the yearly WDIA goodwill revue, and if so probably in early December. Photo by Ernest Withers.|