London Coliseum, London March 1958 concert program
Original vintage concert program produced for the “Big Bill Broonzy Benefit Concert” staged at the London Coliseum in London [England] on Sunday, 9th March, 1958. Performing artists included Johnny Dankworth, Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys, Al Fairweather, The Dill Jones Trio, Humphrey Lyttelton, Chas. McDevitt, Mick Mulligan, Sandy Brown, Beryl Bryden, Cleo Laine, George Melly, Betty Smith, and Bruce Turner. Comperes for the evening were Alan Lomax, Rory McEwan, and Wilfrid Thomas. By the end of 1957, Broonzy was suffering from lung and throat cancer. One lung was removed and part of his vocal cords cut. To help pay for the hospital bills this benefit concert was organized by H. Croft & Associates Ltd. for the Bill Broonzy Benefit Fund Committee. He continued to peform until his death on 14th August, 1958, in Chicago. He is buried in the Lincoln Cemetery in Blue Island, Illinois. Broonzy was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1980.
In original red and black pictorial cream-colored uncoated wrappers, staple bound, 16.5 x 20.2 cm, 32 pp. The staples are a little rusty, else in excellent condition, tightly bound and clean. Additional images of the program available on request.