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    Jackie Wilson, Temptations, Bobby Bland & Drifters 1965 Jumbo Concert Poster A large, original advertising window card selling tickets for several Rock 'n' Roll Hall-of-Famers in concert at Parker Field in Richmond, VA on Sunday, September 12, 1965.

    A highly unusual color combination gives this poster a lot of its pizazz... when was the last time you saw purple, green and yellow, topped off with a red cherry? If you count the white as well, which we have to (used for all the stars sprinkled about), that's five delicious colors which blend in captivating fashion and was surely a combo that nobody had seen before. Grabbing eyeballs as people passed by on the sidewalk: that's what these things were all about. Give a nod to Posters Inc. in Philadelphia for printing this one up.

    It's also interesting how this poster has "Pre '66 Spectacular" at the top of the venue box... when it was still only the summer of 1965. Why would they use that slogan, when 1966 was still so far off? Perhaps just one of those attention-getting catchphrases that didn't really mean anything. We've also seen this 'tour-blank' poster from eight days later, and the national promoter, Supersonic Attractions, used the same line at the top as well, so it wasn't just the Richmond promoter.

    We should add that these are the only two examples we've ever seen of a poster from this tour; and it's certainly the very first time Heritage has had the occasion to offer this rare concert poster for auction.

    "The Fabulous Jackie Wilson" was the headliner, who was given a free pass to immorality when no less than Berry Gordy, Jr., the founder of Motown Records, called him the most exciting singer he had ever witnessed. And Gordy has seen a few!

    Three more rock-solid members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame follow: Bobby "Blue" Bland, the Temptations (speaking of Motown) and the Drifters. Chuck Jackson didn't receive a Rock Hall nod, but that's OK; as a songwriter, his songs were covered by everyone from Elvis Presley to David Bowie. Maxine Brown also gets prominent placement on the window card, and this year (1965) she had a Top 10 R&B hit with "Something You Got," in a duet with... Chuck Jackson.

    Poster measures 22 x 28" and grades to Very Good Plus. Our rating is due mostly to the verso, which has tape residue, paper lifts and some old brown staining, but nothing sticky whatsoever. It's also interesting how the slow-drying purple ink from the previous poster so strongly imprinted on this poster's verso. The front of this window card could be called Near Mint Minus by itself, with just some overall toning, soft corners and a lightly creased lower left corner. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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    November, 2019
    16th-17th Saturday-Sunday
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