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    Ben E. King / Bobby "Blue" Bland / Little Walter 1961 New York Concert Handbill.
    Vintage paper advertising flyer of red, yellow & black featuring three members of the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in White Plains, New York on Sat. night, June 3, 1961. Features a classy design layout, generous photos and lots of information about this big R&B show billed as a "Gala Spring Fling - Dance Festival."

    At first glance it appears that the Drifters are also on the bill, but check out the fine print: it says "Ben E. King of the original Drifters." No matter, Mr. King surely performed the Drifters hits he had sung lead on during the previous two years, most notably the Top 10 R&B smashes "There Goes My Baby," "Dance with Me," "This Magic Moment" and "Save the Last Dance for Me." If you throw in his first two solo singles released before this concert, "Spanish Harlem" (plugged on the flyer) and "Stand By Me," are you kidding? What an amazing assortment of recent killer hits!

    It's also great to have Bobby "Blue" Bland on the handbill, although his positioning is a little offbeat. Bland's name is under King's photo, and his picture is disconnected down in the bottom left. But he was just coming off the #1 R&B hit "I Pity the Fool," one of his most famous records, so fans surely knew who he was. In fact, 1961 was Bobby's most successful year ever in his almost 30-year run of charting records on Billboard's R&B chart. And the year ended with his legendary "Turn On Your Love Light" single, which reached #2.

    Little Walter is downplayed here without a photo, but he's our third member of the R&R HOF, the first musician to be inducted specifically as a harmonica player.

    Baby Washington gets a nice big full-length photo and a song title, "Work Out," which was inexplicably a 1959 non-charting B-side for her. Baby charted 17 sides in Billboard from the late 50's through the mid-70's, but never broke through to real success. Likewise with the Starlights, who only had one released single to their name.

    Measures 8.6" x 11". In Very Good Minus condition with toning along the right edge, a horizontal crease in the middle and a light stain under "Westchester." COA from Heritage Auctions.

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