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    Shorty Long / Motown "Here Comes the Judge" 1968 Jumbo Globe Concert Poster.
    Large cardboard window card for the R&B song stylist, composer, producer and performer who had a Top 10 mainstream pop hit in the country this very week - July 7, 1968. Shorty Long wrote "Here Comes the Judge" based on comedian Pigmeat Markham's routine which became a recurring gag line on the new smash TV show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. It went #4 R&B and #8 pop in Billboard. Shorty even released an album this year called, naturally, Here Comes the Judge.

    Long also had a mild regional hit with "Function at the Junction" two years prior, in 1966. He was the first signing to the Motown Records imprint Soul Records, which Berry Gordy Jr. started up to nurture talent in more of a blues vein. Shorty also co-wrote and recorded "Devil with a Blue Dress On," which he didn't chart but which Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels took into the national Top 5 in 1966.

    According to Wikipedia, which cites other sources, Long was the only Motown musician other than Smokey Robinson whom Gordy allowed to produce their own recordings in the 1960's. Marvin Gaye told biographer David Ritz that Shorty was "this beautiful cat who had two hits, and then got ignored by Motown." Stevie Wonder played harmonica at Long's funeral, and then placed the harp on his casket afterwards. Sadly, Shorty had died at the early age of 29, in a boating accident in 1969.

    Carr's Beach in Annapolis, Maryland was feeling generous for this show and charging only 99 cents admission, and they sure trumpeted that on the poster. The concert was opened by Chet "Poison" Ivey and his Fabulous Avengers. Ivey released singles from 1959 through 1976, but never charted one. "Sadie, Sadie, Sadie" had come out in 1967, and "Peter Rabbit" in '68.

    This jumbo Globe Posters cardboard window card measures 22" x 31". In Very Good Minus condition with a 1.5" hole in the upper left corner, a 1" hole in the center right side, staple holes in the bottom corners, wear to the edges and toning throughout. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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