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    Dick and Dee Dee, Ray Peterson & Jo Ann Campbell Early 60's Concert Posters (2). A pair of original cardboard window cards advertising several Top 40 hitmakers of the early 1960's.

    Santa Monica High School classmates Dick and Dee Dee formed a duo that produced three Top 20 national pop hits: "The Mountain's High" in 1961, "Young and In Love" in 1963 and "Thou Shalt Not Steal" in '64. This 1962 concert poster falls in between, and lists their biggest hit as just "Mountains High."

    The location was Klamath Falls, Oregon and the date was Saturday night, June 2, 1962. Jerry Merritt and the Crowns was the opening act.

    The board has the very familiar look of a Tilghman ("till-man") Press poster out of Oakland, CA. We've seen a ton of Tilghman posters with the so-called "split fountain" inking effect, but can't recall ever seeing one that brought up the same color twice. Notice how, from top to bottom, the ink color morphs from red, to blue, back to red again, and finally to black at the bottom.

    "Have Fun, Go Dancing," the poster encourages. It measures 14" x 22" and grades to Near Mint Minus condition, hindered only by a very slight nudge to the lower right corner and general toning from age, especially around the four edges. Extreme lower right has a small black fingerprint that was surely done at the printer's, so not considered damage. Same with a slight brown mark under "Tilghman Press."

    The other poster in this lot dates from a year earlier in Hampton, Virginia. The "WGH Top 30 Star Revue" covered "2 big days" in mid-December 1961, with two shows per night. The performers were Ray Peterson, Jo Ann Campbell, Johnny Paris of Johnny & the Hurricanes, Barry Darvell and the Kampus Kids. Those are the acts important enough to get photos on the poster.

    Ray Peterson is top-listed because he had a couple of hits in 1960, "Tell Laura I Love Her" and "Corinna, Corinna."

    Johnny Paris, saxophonist for Johnny & the Hurricanes, had racked up a good number of instrumental charters the last three years, including the Top 5 national hit "Red River Rock."

    Jo Ann Campbell was known more for her movie career ( Go Johnny Go, Hey Let's Twist) than her record-making.

    Among the other groups, it should be noted that this was not the Belmonts of Dion fame. And bottom-billed The Showmen from nearby Norfolk made their mark with "It Will Stand" right at this moment, but that would be it for them.

    This second board measures 14" x 22" and grades to Very Good condition. Poster has two large 'tape lifts' in the upper corners, but luckily they barely miss the wording so their effect is minimal. A one-inch tear on bottom margin goes through the "N" in "Person." Rounded corners, overall toning to the white, a brown stain above "Tax," and pencil writing on the poster ("61," "Virgina [sic]") sum up the wear & tear. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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