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    THE MAN IN BLACK JUST STARTING OUT

    Johnny Cash Trio Amazingly Early 1956 Bottom-Billed Concert Poster. An extremely early Johnny Cash concert poster dating to the winter of 1955-56, printed before the Man In Black had ever stepped foot into the Top 10 of Billboard magazine's C&W singles chart. He was just about to, with the double-sided hit "So Doggone Lonesome" b/w "Folsom Prison Blues," both of which would peak at #4. But they had not ascended into the Top 10 yet when this poster was printed, probably in February.

    Measures 13 3/4" x 22" and in Very Good Plus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: The locale for this hoe-down was the City Auditorium in Savannah, GA. The date given is simply "Thu. Mar. 15," with no year given... naturally.

    Headlining the show was Ferlin Huskey and Simon Crum, although they were one & the same person as most fans hopefully knew at the time; and Cowboy Copas with his daughter Kathy Copas, who was just about to retire from the road and raise her family.

    Rare enough that Heritage has had only one other poster from this tour for sale, ever. That was three years ago, the date was two days before this poster (March 13), and it sold for $5,250.

    This cardboard window card was designed and printed by Hatch Showprint out of Nashville, TN. It feels odd to be calling this a "Johnny Cash Trio" poster, because the named used on Cash's first two Sun Records singles up to this point had been "Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two." Why that name was not used on this poster, we have no idea – although it could've been simply for space reasons... three words vs. six.

    Condition detail: Very good plus. Was once quarter-folded to fit into Hatch's files. Only a bare minimum of dark-blue-ink color breaking along both the horizontal and vertical creases (horizontal thru Simon Crum, vertical down the middle). On verso, the ancient creases are evident and cracking in spots, especially on the horizontal one. But they're in no danger of coming loose or breaking. Also no fading, tack holes, writing, scratching, staining or other bad news; just light brown toning around the four edges. In simply great, unused shape for its age.


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    April, 2020
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
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