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    James Brown 1961 Eatonville, FL "Please, Please, Please" Concert Poster. An original cardboard window card advertising the legendary James Brown in concert at the Club Eaton in Eatonville, Florida on Friday night, June 16, 1961. This four-color poster dazzles with its pink, white, blue and black coloring, and was made by the esteemed Globe Posters of Baltimore, MD. Features a terrific design full of action around James' first hit record from five years earlier, "Please, Please, Please," as well as his Famous Flames back-up group.

    ERRATA: We originally designated this poster as being from Eatonville, Pennsylvania, which got printed in our catalog. But it's from Eatonville, Florida. We apologize for the error.

    It's also nice that the Godfather of Soul's other big hit of the 50's, "Try Me," is also plugged on the poster. This is the first JB concert poster to refer to his own "Orchestra" accompanying him on tour. "Good, Good Loving" is also plugged on the poster; it had been the A-side of James' single on Federal Records in the fall of '59, but had not charted.

    Nat Kendrick's "(Do The) Mashed Potatoes" had been a Top 10 R&B hit the previous year, and Sugar Pie DeSanto's "I Want to Know" had done even better, going Top 5. (Funny how the poster typesetter switched the title to past tense.)

    On first glance, it appears that the board may be trimmed at the bottom. But this is not the case; it has all the hallmarks of an uneven print job. Globe probably sent this out with only the black and pink colors printed on the white board, the bottom-most words being "Globe Poster - Baltimore" in the extreme lower right. From the looks of it, the local promoter in Pennsylvania probably took the blanks to his local printer and they carelessly printed in the top venue info (which explains the blue) a little low and slightly tilted; that same run through the printing press probably didn't allow enough room at the bottom for that final line of print. Which is why the board still measures 14" x 22", the standard size it's supposed to be.

    A very scarce and dazzling piece that Heritage has never offered for sale before, nor has anybody seen it from any other city on the tour. This was the very beginning of Brown's specialized and highly stylized window cards that would grow bigger and bolder as he moved through the 60's. Measures 14" x 22" and grades to restored Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions, Repairs by Chameleon Restoration.

    More Information: Before resto, there had been some un-intrusive water damage along the top edge, and a major crease thru Sugar Pie's photo. These have been all but eliminated by our world-class restoration expert, Chameleon. The upper left corner has likewise been repaired. Some condition issues remain: There is a crease from "At" at the top down to the end of the last "Please." There's a second crease going off from the right of "2." Further down, there's a crease going from the "J" in "James" heading left. There's a repaired tear on the right by "Brown." Other surface creases remain, such as in "Flames" and going from the "C" in "Orch" through Nat Kendrick's face and over to the edge. Plus another one from his hairline over to the edge. The "J" in the smaller black "James" has had some resto. Sugar Pie's corner was once folded and now repaired. And significant restoration to the lower right corner.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    July, 2021
    16th-18th Friday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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