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    B.B. King, Ruth Brown, Bobby Bland & Jimmy Reed 1957 Jumbo Globe Concert Poster An original large cardboard advertising window card for several blues and R&B legends in concert in Chattanooga, TN on Monday, March 18, 1957. Just a remarkable line-up of talent on this nine-act bill from the winter of 1957 (bordering on spring) and printed by the Globe Poster company of Baltimore, MD.

    B.B. King had released exactly one album thus far, Singin' the Blues. But he sure had a nice string of Top 10 R&B singles to his credit by this point - a dozen of them to be exact, including four which had ascended to #1. B.B. went on to become the greatest ambassador for the blues of any human that ever lived. And look how thin he is in this early picture!

    Ruth Brown was a veritable R&B hit machine, with 17 Top 10's to her credit thus far. Her chart-topper from five years previous is given on the poster: "5-10-15 Hours." Going down from there, the Heartbeats' "A Thousand Miles Away" was a Top 5 R&B hit in 1957, and was featured in the American Graffiti movie a generation later.

    Chuck Willis had achieved eight Top 10 R&B hits up to this point, including this year's #1 smash, "C.C. Rider." As a songwriter, Willis had his tunes covered by the likes of Elvis Presley, James Brown, Roy Orbison, Otis Redding, Buddy Holly, Eric Clapton and Jerry Garcia. Among tons of others. Not a bad resume.

    Annie Laurie is not well-known, but she enjoyed a stretch of four Top 10 R&B hits and the great Dinah Washington once called Laurie her favorite singer.

    Jimmy Reed and Bobby "Blue" Bland (notice the poster added an "s") are a tremendously heavy pair of musicians to be so far down on the poster. With Bobby it's understandable; he hadn't charted a single record at this early point, but would land a #1 R&B disc later in the year with "Farther Up the Road" and never look back on an incredibly successful, distinguished and influential career. But at this point, with nary a charting single to his credit, all he got on the poster was his name; no photo, no song title. Talk about a "rookie card" for one of R&B's greatest singers ever!

    Jimmy Reed got both, because he had acquired four Top 10 R&B hits up to this point, including the poster's "You['ve] Got Me Dizzy" which hit #3. Jimmy would get three more top-tenners just this year alone. If you don't know his name, you certainly know his music. If you've heard of the Rolling Stones, you've heard Jimmy Reed.

    You know you've got an incredible line-up of talent (and poster) when you get to the bottom line and the first name listed wrote "Mystery Train" and is in the Blues Hall of Fame. Junior Parker gets no respect here, but he sure had the respect of the Memphis dudes he jammed with regularly - King, Bland and, um, Howlin' Wolf.

    Buddy Ace is the only name on the poster without some big trophy to brag about, but the "Silver Fox of the Blues" recorded for the magical Duke/Peacock label and performed live until he literally died on stage in 1994.

    Full text up top: "Pappy Ted Bryant presents - Concert & Dance - Auditorium - Chattanooga [Tennessee] - Monday Mar. 18 - 8:00 PM - Advance Admission $1.50-Last Day $2.00." And then "Globe Poster - Baltimore" down at the bottom, far & away the premier cardboard concert-poster printer of the 1950's and 60's.

    Poster measures 21 5/8 x 28 1/8" and grades to Very Good condition. Has been repaired and restored in 12 different places on the verso, resulting in a very cohesive and streamlined front with none of the crumpling or tears etc. that were present before. There are three hole-punches along the top, the local promoter's sticker-credit adhered to upper left, and a bit of dirt, grime and toning throughout the front, fully retaining its 62-year-old feel. Some of the musician's names in big letters also have spotty ink in places, but that's not a defect, just an original printing imperfection. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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