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    Carl Perkins "Mr. Blue Suede Shoes" 1959 Vintage Concert Poster.
    A classic boxing-style advertising window card for one of Rockabilly's greatest stars ever, from a show at the Rainbow Ballroom in Denver, CO on Friday, November 6, 1959. This was just three years after Perkins played with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Studios in Memphis, TN as part of the legendary Million Dollar Quartet.

    This is a rare chance to own a Carl Perkins concert poster from the 1950's with a photo of Perkins and the key, killer song "Blue Suede Shoes" mentioned on the poster, plus no other weak opening acts or dud songs cluttering things up. For fans of vintage 50's Rock and Roll, this window card is a gem that checks all the boxes. And it's virtually certain that this specimen is the only vintage original that still exists (see below).

    Also, this is one of just two known 1950's "stand-alone" Carl Perkins concert posters that carried his photograph. The few others either didn't have a picture of Carl, or they were multi-act touring caravan packages in which Perkins was just one component. So if you want just the man, with his photo, and vintage 50's, we know of two choices in the world.

    The Beatles absolutely adored Carl, and recorded three of his original songs to include on their Parlophone/EMI Records official releases: "Honey Don't," "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" and "Matchbox." This ties Larry Williams at three apiece as the most covered outside songwriters in the Fab Four's career.

    A great opportunity to own one of the handful of 1950's authentic Carl Perkins concert posters that happened to have luckily survived.

    Hatch used a slightly smaller piece of board on this specimen, which measures 13.25 x 21.25 inches. Most Hatch window cards were slightly larger, but there is no sign of trimming whatsoever. This comes from one of the world's greatest poster collections, and the consignor states that it's not trimmed, it's just a tiny bit smaller, and upon inspection, we concur. It does have the aforementioned quarter-fold marks, and results in some paper loss on Perkins' nose and mouth. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    More Information: This original concert poster / window card was printed on cardboard by Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN. Hatch was a prolific printer of concert posters in the 1940s-1960s and beyond. They're also known as the one major printer who almost never credited themselves on their posters. Also, they rarely deviated from the standard 14" x 22" size (give or take a fraction of an inch); they almost never printed jumbos.

    A good number of years ago, an enormous stash of original Hatch posters was found in, of all places, Alaska. But they came from a former employee who had moved to the 49th state, and were absolutely authentic, all printed before the events as advertising pieces. And one hallmark of this massive stash, which also included thousands of circus, sports and other kinds of posters, is that there was only one specimen of each; there were no multiples of anything.

    So if you've seen this poster before in a previous auction, either that winner is re-selling it, or it didn't sell the first time; this is the only known existing specimen of this poster. This exact poster, that is; it's also possible you've seen this poster from a different stop on the same tour. But note that Hatch did not keep one from every date on a tour, by any means; the storage would've been ultra-prohibitive. They were usually satisfied to keep just one or two different examples from any given tour, or any one-off poster.

    Most had a very small number written on the back to note the year, and were then quarter-folded down to fit into a file cabinet, which is how the company seemingly kept one example of every tour poster they printed (or any one-off poster). The posters were all opened up and flattened out decades ago, however, and usually the fold remnants have receded quite a bit into the background, not being too obtrusive - usually. It's a welcome trade-off for the rescue of hundreds of historic concert posters which otherwise would've become completely extinct.

    Also: A great number of Hatch 50's posters were done on the cheap without photos of the musicians. Which is one big bonus that really sets apart this Carl Perkins poster (plus the adjacent Jerry Lee Lewis one).

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    July, 2019
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 36
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