PEGGY LEE AND GEORGE SHEARING!<BR>Limited edition box set issued exclusively to attendees of 1959 Miami DJ Convention<BR>Includes signed photos, letters and LP!<BR>SOLD!

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Here's a very interesting lot. This is a very nice box set that was issued to attendees of the 1959 DJ Convention in Miami, FLA. Only 2,500 of these were produced and are were sent to the attendees of the convention, making this an exceptionally rare piece. At the convention was a perfomance by Peggy Lee and George Shearing, which was recorded and eventually released by Capitol as the LP, "Beauty and the Beat". The "slick" or paper album cover of this LP is pasted to the interior of the box. In the box is a copy of the LP in NM condition, two letters (one signed by Peggy Lee) and two photos. One photo is of Peggy Lee and signed by her, "Let's cut another one soon/ Love, Peggy" and the other is of George Shearing and has been signed "Couldn't have done it without you, George". The George Shearing photo apperas to have been signed by Peggy Lee, however (it is in her hand). Also, in the signed letter, both Peggy and George's names are signed, but again, both names appear to have been signed by Peggy Lee. Most forgeries suck of course, but this is an interesting case since the forgery of Shearing's signature is by Peggy Lee!

What's really interesting about this lot is the content of the letters. Apparently there were some major sound system problems at the show prompting Peggy to write in her letter, "We really want to say a special thanks to each of you who stuck through the inaudible opening portion of the session that Friday night long enough to hear the entire session" and closing with the humorous but self conscious statement, "We really hope you like the album. Take it home and listen to it. If you do like it, maybe you will program it. If you don't like it -- just don't tell anybody."

The second letter written anonymously from someone at Capitol is similarly apologetic and details the difficulties surrounding the making of this live record in a colorful way - complete with a cute Lili St. Cyr remark. Here's an excerpt:

"Starting at 4:00 PM on Friday from absloute zero, we had to build rooms, a stage, install and check out recording equipment, install lights and arrange the hundreds of other details required to serve 3,000 people. Not having had any previous access to the Grand Ballroom prior to 4:00 PM, we were working against odds that would make Vegas child's play by comparison. When the last electrical outlet was installed and the swithces were ready to throw for the first "test" - the room had 2,000 people in it - a distinct disadvantage.

"The events that followed were pretty much history. We went ahead with the stereo session - despite the "feedback" from the P.A. system. By the end of the first hour, you'd have thought from the number of people leaving from the rear of the Ballroom that Lili St. Cyr was was putting on a stage show next door. We are sorry that so many of you could not hear note one in the rear of the room. Surprisingly enough, slightly more than 1,000 people were crowded down front close enough to the stage so that they could hear Peggy and George without benefit of a P.A System."

The letter from the guy at Capitol is a nice two page letter on Capitol stationery with an "impressed" logo in the upper left corner.

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