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    Hitsville U.S.A. 1964 Motown Christmas Program Signed by Marvin Gaye. A fun 12-page original program for Motown Records' 1964 Christmas Party, a totally 'insider affair' to which we now get a peek, decades later. According to the schedule, cocktails were at 7:00, dinner at 8:00, the awards presentation at 10:00, and the live music at 11:00. Who wouldn't give anything to go back in time and witness that?!

    And this specimen was nicely signed, "To Lillian, Best Wishes, Marvin Gaye," with perhaps an "X" or something below that.

    Smokey Robinson wrote the "Company Song" (copyright 1961 by Jobete Music) that everyone sang at the end of the awards presentation. Sample lyric: "Oh, we have a very swinging company / Working hard from day to day / Nowhere will you find more unity / Than at Hitsville, U.S.A."

    And another verse: "Our employees must be neat and clean / And really have something on the ball / Honesty is our only policy / We're all for one and one for all."

    Measures 5 ½" x 8 ½" and in Very Good Minus condition from once getting wet, on all pages, and then drying out. So the paper's ruffled but no ink 'ran' anywhere, other than the tip ends of Marvin Gaye's signature. There's also a one-inch tear at the bottom of the light-green back cover. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    April, 2020
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
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