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    Hank Williams 1950 "WSM Grand Ole Opry" Boxing-Style Concert Poster. An original cardboard window card advertising a Labor Day 1950 appearance by future Country Music and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Hank Williams and his Drifting Cowboys.

    The setting for this WSM Grand Ole Opry-sponsored celebration in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania (about halfway between Harrisburg and Allentown) was Himmelreich's Grove, known as "the Nashville of Berks County" throughout the 1940's. With the poster's bold, deep red print screaming for attention, it would have been hard to miss it in a store window or affixed to a telephone pole or tree. The instantly recognizable "WSM Grand Ole Opry" script against the contrasting dark-blue background sealed the deal.

    Though it had been only three years since his first national exposure with the #4 hit "Move It On Over," Williams had somehow put together 16 Top 10 C&W hits for MGM Records, including three number one's: "Lovesick Blues," "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" and "Why Don't You Love Me." And there were still a lot more to come.

    Measures 14" x 22" and grades to Very Good Plus. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: No question about it, Hank had a banner year in 1950, but his popularity reached even greater heights in '51 with the release of his fifth #1 record, "Cold, Cold Heart." When that song was covered by Tony Bennett at the outset of his brilliant career, Hank and the whole country/hillbilly genre gained some well-deserved, mainstream pop acceptance. Tony's version stayed in the Top 40 of the pop charts for half a year, giving a huge boost to Hank's cred as a mainstream songwriter.

    Before he was through, Hank's final two #1 records would be among his most enduring and oft-covered songs: "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)."

    Condition details: The center of the poster is in terrific shape; most of the small problems are around the margins. The two bottom corners are the biggest issue, with creases, small nibble-aways and a tiny bit of paper missing (but the board fully intact). The upper corners are a bit soft and rounded, with just the tiniest amount of paper gone on one and a crease on the other. There is a significant surface crease through the venue name from the "I" in "Himmelreich's" over to the "G" in "Grove." Off to the right, there's a two-inch crease running from the top of the "E" to the poster's edge. And then down and to the left, there's another two-inch crease to the left of "Presents." Just one more two-inch surface crease: down in lower right corner area, one that goes through the blue line but doesn't break color.

    On the verso, there are a few light print lines that are not creases at all, just ghosted images from another poster's drying ink, very typical of boxing-style concert posters.


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