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    Count Basie Signed Window Display Card -- Also signed by James Rushing. Count Basie and his band redefined Swing in the 1930s and 1940s with a "laid back, behind the beat" style that many others tried, yet failed to emulate. When Basie arrived on the scene in New York, he and his group were put down for being "too rough" and for playing a song "too long." Basie's style was completely new to New York ears, but in a short time, everyone started to understand that Basie's band was revolutionizing what Swing was and that his group from Kansas City was indeed making musical history. Music would never be the same after Count Basie came on the scene. Vocalist Jimmy Rushing joined Basie in 1935, and he stayed with the band until 1950. He was an innovative blues shouter who set the bar high for all who would follow. Billie Holiday is arguably the greatest female Jazz singer of all time. Certainly, no one has ever been more effective in emotionally connecting with the audience than "Lady Day." Billie Holiday's life was as tragic as any Shakespearean play, and her life-long addiction to heroin was well documented in "Lady Sings The Blues," a film about her life, starring Diana Ross. Great graphics in orange, black, and white on this 13" x 16" Window Display Card heralding "The Sepia Swing Sensation-Count Basie and his Orchestra -- Featuring Billie Holiday and James Rushing" make this card quite special. Basie, in blue fountain pen, has signed, "Best Wishes Count Basie." Billie Holiday's signature appears on the card, but it has not been authenticated and may be secretarial. James Rushing has added his autograph with the inscription, "I wish you luck" across the block lettering of "Basie." Four pinholes, one at each corner and some slight fraying near the upper left corner, are the only defects on this otherwise pristine card. An amazing piece of jazz history. Accompanied by COA from Jazz & Big Band expert Larry Rafferty.

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    October, 2005
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