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    Aretha Franklin, Staple Singers 1960 Concert Poster w/Aretha's Father Getting Top Billing. A remarkably early Aretha Franklin concert poster from the very moment she was transitioning from gospel to secular music. This was the year Aretha signed to Columbia Records, and they would release her first Top 10 R&B hit "Today I Sing the Blues" by summer's end.

    But first there was family business and the gospel world to tend to in the spring, and Aretha and her father toured down south along with another legendary act, The Staple Singers, led by Mavis and Pop Staples. This was an extremely potent one-two punch of crossover gospel/soul-music performers that would strongly impact the music world for decades to come. Chart-wise, Aretha would blow up in the late 60's and the Staples would blow up in the 70's, but both acts' influence stretched far beyond simple sales figures.

    This show took place on Monday, April 4, 1960 at Howard High School in Chattanooga, TN. The poster was made by Southern Poster Printing Co. of Atlanta, and its provenance is spot-on: it came directly from the late concert promoter Ted Bryant's daughter.

    Measures 22" x 28" and grades to Near Mint Minus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    More Information: Up until this moment, Aretha had sung in church with her father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin, in Detroit. But she had a watchful eye on Sam Cooke, who had transitioned himself from the gospel Soul Stirrers to a solo secular career two years earlier, starting with "You Send Me." When she turned 18 in March 1960 – weeks before this show – Franklin went to her dad and told him of her wishes. He agreed to manage her career going forward.

    Condition details: Poster has light bumps to the corners and general light surface grime from 60 years of storage, and that's about it. When tilted in the light, you can see that someone once wiped it with a rag or something, leaving a very light film from Rev. Franklin's picture through the Staple Singers' picture and down to the word "Howard," all very light stuff. Certainly not visible when viewed straight-on. There's also one, tiny quarter-inch tear in the white margin to the right of "Bryant."

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2020
    8th-9th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 19
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