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    James Brown 1963 "Prisoner of Love Show" Homecoming Concert Poster An original large advertising window card for James Brown, his "Big Big Band" and the Famous Flames for a "Big Homecoming Show & Dance" in Macon, Georgia on Friday, July 26, 1963.

    Brown's 1963 album Live at the Apollo is frequently cited as one of the best albums ever released in the rock era. In 2003 and again in 2012, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it as one of the "25 Greatest Albums of All Time," and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. So it's terrifically exciting to be able to offer a James Brown concert poster from the time that album was the Godfather of Soul's current release. You just know he was sounding dynamic and incredible at this exact point in his career. The LP was released in May, and moving up the Billboard magazine album charts all summer, including this month of July.

    "Prisoner of Love" is referred to twice because it was James' current Top 10 R&B hit. And the gig was billed as a "Big Homecoming Show & Dance" because the Famous Flames had moved to Macon in the mid-'50s and used the town as their personal and professional home base.

    A terrific five-color poster (red, yellow, green, white & black) with a full-length shot of the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business dressed in white from head to toe. (Notice how we're trying to use all of James' nicknames.)

    There's also a funny background story behind this concert. Future star Joe Tex was the opening act, but he's not named on the poster because Mr. Dynamite usually designed his posters only to feature members of his own revue. (He wasn't alone in that; plus, opening acts could change out during segments of a tour.)

    Tex and Brown had a long-running feud going by this point, including girlfriend-stealing (if the many Internet stories are to be believed). On the night of this very show, that feud came to a head. Tex decided to completely mock Brown's stage routine of donning and doffing a cape several times at the end of his show, always getting called back by the adoring audience. So at the end of his opening set, Tex used a ratty old blanket, tangled himself up in it and shouted to the crowd, "Please! Please! Please! Get me out of this cape!," furthering the dig by quoting Brown's first hit song title.

    Brown was furious, and after the show tracked Tex down at the Club 15, a local juke joint where Otis Redding just happened to be performing on stage (talk about a digression). Brown was packing a couple of guns, walked into the place and opened fire at Tex and his posse. Joe wasn't hit, but some of his crew might have been. Luckily nobody died; perhaps Brown was aiming for their feet and just sending a message. When they started returning the fire, JB turned around, stormed out and drove away. And that, my friends, is the story of "The Shootout at the Macon Corral." The stuff of legend, yes, but there was no shortage of eyewitnesses.

    Back to the music. This gem of a poster measures 21 7/8 x 27 7/8" and grades to Very Good Plus condition. Surface creases on the left side of poster from top to bottom (scarcely visible in most cases), restored or cleaned up tack holes in three of the four corners (lower right still there), and a couple of small tape lifts in the bottom white margin which take out a couple of numbers and letters. The white line from "Love" down to "Byrd" and over to Byrd's face appears to be part of the printing process and not considered damage. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    November, 2019
    16th-17th Saturday-Sunday
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