During the 50s, I spent most afternoon playing my grandmother pianolo. On occassions as I was able to play her 78s, Eartha Kitt, Sophie Tucker come to mind. My parents had a huge range of 78s and when I have time, I will list the titles of songs I recall, shedding a little teat to "Don't Make me go to Bed and I'll be Good" and dancing in my head to Tzena Tzena". My very first LPs were Col Joye and the Joy Boys and Buddy Holly .. However, I was thrilled as I was taken to the Stadium SHows at the coernewr of Neild Aven Rush (this is badly written and I will come back to it later. Lynne Komidar
The majorities of the shows I attribute to the dynamo that was Lee Gordon, a well know identity around the Cross. He opened the Sound Lounge in WIlliam Street (later Whisky A Fo Go)
All were backed by local big band led by Dennis Collinson. He remained Gordon’s musical director until his death in 1959. T 1959 Lee Gordon presents The Battle of the Big Beat' Lloyd Price, Conway Twitty, Kalin Twins. Linda (Ambrose) Laurie, Col Joye & the Joy Boys, Johnny Rebb & the Rebels, Johnny Devlin, Dig Richards, Johnny O'Keefe & the D.J's Interesting story
Programs printed by Concert program printed by Publicity Press Pty Ltd, 71-75 Regent Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, in 1957.
1954 Jul SYDNEY STADIUM Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, Artie Shaw and Jerry Colonna Ella Fitzgerald missed the 23 & 24 July Sydney shows. The 31 July shows were organised to compensate The venture resulted in a small loss
1954 Aug SYDNEY STADIUM Kenn Brodziak Aztec Services Gene Krupa & his Trio,Eddie Shu. Teddy Napoleon, and Edwin Duff, Nicki Martino, Bonnee Montgomery, Jack Allen & his Katzenjammers, Wally Norman's Swing Band
1954 Sept SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Johnnie Ray with Peggy Ryan, Ray McDonald, Dave Barry and Wally Norman's Swing Band
1954 SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Frank Sinatra with Stan Freberg, Red Norvo & his American Orchestra.
1954 Oct./Nov SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Louis Armstrong & his Concert Group All-Stars with Velma Middleton with Wally Norman's Swing Band
1954-12 SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Billy Daniels with Andrew Sisters, Dave Barry, The Spence Twins, with Wally Norman's Orchestra
1955 Jan SYDNEY TOWN HALL Bill McColl presents The Inkspots with Buddy De Franco, Rose Murphy, Champ Butler and Norman Erskine, Edwin Duff, Wally Norman's Band
1955 Jan SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Nat King Cole & the Nat King Cole Trio with June Christy, Rowan & Martin, Judy Kelly and Denis Collinson's Orchestra
1955 Jan SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon Frank Sinatra Australian Tour with Frank D'Amore, Lois Ray, Ann MacCormack, Denis Collinson's Orchestra
1955 Feb, May TIVOLI THEATRE, Sydney Winifred Atwell
1955 Feb SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Frankie Laine Leo de Lyon, The Clark Bros, Jerri Adams, with Denis Collinson's Orchestra
1955 Mar SYDNEY STADIUM Wilf Carter with Reg Lindsay, Heather McKean, Dick Carr, Herbie Marks & Don Richards 26 Mar Trocadero Ballroom
1956 Mar-Apr SYDNEY STADIUM Pacific Stars Presentation Spike Jones with the City Slickers Helen Grayco, George Rock, Dolores Gray, Billy Barty, Laverne Pearson, Freddy Morgan, Maxine Faye, Mousie Garner, Bernie Jones, Bill King, The Wayne Martin Trio.
1955 Mar SYDNEY TOWN HALL Aztec Services & Entertainment Enterprises presents Ted Heath & his music, Kathy Lloyd, Dennis Lotus, Bobbie Britton, Duncan Campbell Ronnie Verrell, John Hawksworth & Henry Mackenzie
1955 Mar SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon Johnnie Ray (2nd Australian Tour) with Danny Crystal, The Clark Brothers, Helen O'Connell Denis Collinson's Orchestra
1955 May SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Betty Hutton with Morey Amsterdam, Bobby Brandt, Clark Dennis, Jack Regas, Herb Lurie & Revue Denis Collinson’s Orchestra
1955 May, June SYDNEY STADIUM Lee Gordon presents Bob Hope with Clark Dennis, Roberta Linn, The Marenos and Australian Mannequin Parade
1955 June SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Abbott & Costello Anne McCormack, Bobby Barber, Eileen O’Dare, Tommy Turner, Norman Erskine, the Bridge Sisters, Fred James
1955 Oct-Nov TIVOLI THEATRE, Sydney Mel Torme & Irene Ryan
1956 Feb SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Nat 'King' Cole with Lillian Briggs, Marty Allen and Mitch DeWood, George Kirby
Mar 1956 SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon Johnny Ray (3rd Australian Tour) Leo De Lyon, The Holly Sisters, Peg Leg Bates, Lola Dee
1956 Apr SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Louis Armstrong with Velma Middleton, Peg Leg Bates, Gary Crosby, Rose Hardaway & Joe Martin Denis Collinson's Orchestra
1956 Oct SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Record Star Parade Don Cornell, Stan Freberg, Joe "Fingers" Carr, Buddy Rich, The Nilsson Twins, Joe Martin and the Tune Twisters - program courtesy Vince Spiteri
1956 SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Frank Sinatra Stan Freberg, Dave Agius
1956 Nov-Dec SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon Frankie Laine 2nd Australian Tour with Eileen Barton, Buddy Rich, Joe "Fingers" Carr, Stan Freberg, Joe Martin and the Tune Twisters, Don Cornell, The Nilsson Twins Denis Collinson's Orchestra
1957 Jan SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon in association with Benn F Reyes and Arthur Schurgin presents Bill Haley & Comets Freddie Bell & the Bellboys, LaVern Baker, Joe Turner for an interesting account
1957 Apr SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' 2nd Record Star Parade Lee Gordon presents Guy Mitchell with Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra, Stan Kenton & his Orchestra, Cathy Carr
1957 Sep SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon Johnny Ray 4th Australian Tour with Graeme Bell's Skiffle Gang, Vic Sabrino, Joe Martin, Patricia Smith
1957 Oct SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Big Show' Lee Gordon Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, Alis Lesley Johnny O'Keefe and the Dee Jays
1957 Nov SYDNEY STADIUM The 'Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Nat King Cole with Georgia Lee, Yolanda & Antonio Rodrigues, Joe Martin, The Gill Bros. & Joe Jenkins.
1958 Jan SYDNEY STADIUM the 'Big Show' Lee Gordon presents Paul Anka , Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Jodie Sands Johnny O'Keefe & Dee Jays
Aug 1958 or 59 SYDNEY STADIUM 'tonight with' Lee Gordon presents Harry Belafonte The Vocal Three, Bruce Baggett, Sherman Sneed & Billy Stewart.
1958 SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Most Show' Headliners present Johnny Mathis with The Frank Owens Quartet, The Diamonds, Miss Terri King, Arthur Duncan, Ray McGeary, Milton Mitchell and Lee Neilsen
1959 Jan SYDNEY STADIUM Duane Eddy, Crash Craddock Santo and Johnny, Johnny Restivo, Eddie Cochran, Diamonds
1959 Mar SYDNEY STADIUM 'Parade of Stars' Lee Gordon presents Tommy Sands with Rod Lauren, Johnny and the Hurricanes, Jimmy Clanton, Dick Caruso, Freddy Cannon, Marv Johnson, Mark Dinning, Jack Scott, Chan Romero, Johnny Preston and Johnny O'Keefe and the Dee Jays, The Delltones, Lonnie Lee
1959 Apr SYDNEY STADIUM Lee Gordon presents Sammy Davis Jnr., The Australian Jazz Quintet, Diana Trask
1959 SYDNEY STADIUM Headliners present Chuck Berry with George Hamilton IV, Bobby Darin, Jo-Ann Campbell, and Johnny O'Keefe & the Dee-Jays, Ray McGeary, Flying Warrens
1959 SYDNEY STADIUM 'The Battle of the Big Beat' Lee Gordon Conway Twitty, Lloyd Price, Kalin Twins. Linda (Ambrose) Laurie, Col Joye & the Joy Boys, Johnny Rebb & the Rebels, Johnny O'Keefe & the Dee Jays
Note: American singer, Lloyd Price collapsed on stage. His Top 40 number one song 'Personality' unsung, show was saved by Johnny O'Keefe quickly jumping on stage to finished the performance for Price. Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph carried picture next day of Lloyd Price's gratitude to JOK - a diamond studded bow tie.
1959 SYDNEY STADIUM Lee Gordon presents Sal Mineo, Everly Brothers, Tab Hunter Col Joye & the Joy Boys, Johnny Rebb & the Rebels, The Delltones, Johnny Devlin Johnny O'Keefe & the D.J's, Princess Rora
1959 Apr SYDNEY STADIUM Lee Gordon presents The Johnny Cash Show with Gene Vincent, The Playmates, The Tennessee Two, Robin Luke, Frankie Sardo Bobby Day Col Joye & the Joy Boys
1959 SYDNEY STADIUM Headliners Jimmie Rogers Australian Tour with Dodie Stevens, The Champs, Tommy Cole, Art Duncan, Ray McGeary, Margie Mill Frank Ifield
1959 Oct SYDNEY STADIUM Lee Gordon presents Fabian Col Joye and the Joy Boys, The Delltones, Johnny Rebb and the Rebels Johnny Devlin and the Devils, Johnny O'Keefe and the Dee Jays. The Crescents(Sydney) The Graduates(Sydney) Warren Williams(Sydney) Lonnie Lee(Sydney)
1959 SYDNEY STADIUM 'Meet the Stars' Headliners present Mouseketeers