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    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. Cash would go on, of course, to earn his way into three music Hall of Fames (Country, Rock 'n' Roll and Gospel). Measures 13 7/8" x 21 7/8" and grades to Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    More Information: The locale for this hoe-down was the Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, NC. The date given is simply "Fri. Mar. 16," with no year given... naturally. Ticket prices ranged from $1.50 down to 50 cents.

    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.

    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 details: Poster was once quarter-folded down to fit into Hatch Show Print's filing cabinets. Fortunately, very little color is broken along the two folds; we see a touch in the red stripe and dash, and just a hair in the blue "C" of "Cash." Fortuitously, the horizontal crease goes mostly under Simon Crum's name. The creases are more visible on the white background. Very lightly rounded corners (they're actually in great shape) and the expected light toning from the passage of six decades.

    On the verso, the creases have not been reinforced and the horizontal fold, in particular, has broken the cardboard all the way across and weakened the board's structural integrity a bit. So it flexes easily, but lies flat nicely and this problem would vanish if it were framed. One could apply their own strong tape over these creases and considerably strengthen this window card. Also, "56" is written in pen in one of the corners, presumably by Hatch.

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2021
    16th-18th Friday-Sunday
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