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Buddy Holly & The Crickets Signed Promo Photo Jerry Allison Joe Mauldin Niki Sullivan Norman Petty Autograph ITEM SOLD
This 8x10 promo photo of Buddy Holly & The Crickets has been signed in black ballpoint or biro pen by Buddy Holly, Joe Mauldin, Jerry Allison, Niki Sullivan and the group's producer/ manager Norman Petty. This had been displayed in a record store for many years, believed to be the Colony Records store on Broadway in midtown Manhattan. It is believed to have been signed in September 1957 when the group was staying at the Ambassador Hotel in New York. Other than some bends at the corners, the photo is in very good shape for it's age. I am not aware of any other photos of the group signed by Buddy and all three Crickets, as Niki Sullivan left the group soon after their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in December of 1957. Having manager Norman Petty's signature adds further to it's rarity. Other than some slight pen skipping in spots, these are very nice examples of their signatures, signed largely over the white areas of the photo. This promo photo had been used on the covers of some sheet music for some of their early songs, such as "That'll Be The Day". Oddly, Norman Petty was given a partial songwriting credit for that song, though he didn't actually contribute anything to the song. However, Niki Sullivan, who did backing vocals on the song and apparently did the vocal arrangements, was not given any writing credits at the time. Years later, that was changed and Niki was given credit and shared in the royalties from the song. Sadly, other than a small weekly pay when he was a member of the group, that was all he made from his days in this pioneering rock and roll group.