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    Joe Tex / Percy Sledge Large, Colorful 1968 Globe Concert Poster.
    Oversized jumbo window card from the Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, TN on Friday, June 28, 1968. An all-black line-up dubbed "8th Annual Summer Shower of Stars," whose stars had been tearing up Billboard magazine's R&B singles chart lately. Headlined by Joe Tex, whose previous two singles had gone Top 10. Right below him is Percy Sledge, just coming off a Top 10 hit himself. Pigmeat Markham's name looks amazing in that yellow stripe, and his Top 10 hit had just entered the charts this week. Wait, we're not done. The Del-Fonics are down the bill, but they were cruising on their Top 10 hit from earlier this year, too: "La-La Means I Love You." Could the bottom-billed Intruders possibly make it five-for-five? They sure could, and in fact they have the biggest hit on the poster, the only #1: "Cowboys to Girls," from that very spring. Wow, not a dud in the bunch!

    But it's this poster's amazing colors and graphics that hit a grand-slam home run, even by Globe Posters' high standards. It carries a terrific assortment of type fonts and a dazzling array of colors, from light blue to Day-Glo colors of red, yellow and green. You have to throw in white and black, and then there's the navy blue up in the venue box... what's that, seven distinctly different colors? No wonder it dazzles the eye. And all performers are repped with a nice photo, too. (They'd better be, all being Top 10 musicians.)

    We're not even close to done yet. Joe Tex was having a banner year, achieving crossover success with "Skinny Legs and All," which appears nicely above his name. His brand new single, "I'll Never Do You Wrong," is also listed, but it was not a hit.

    Percy Sledge will always be Mr. "When a Man Loves a Woman," #1 for a month in 1966, but "Take Time to Know Her" - the song on the poster - was a beautiful, plaintive top-tenner this very spring about the heartbreak of infidelity.

    And then there's Pigmeat and "Here Comes the Judge," turned into a national catchphrase by its broad exposure on the smash hit TV show of the moment, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. It was the comedian's only chart entry ever, but he made the most of it. And we just love that type font used for his name.

    The Del-Fonics were coming off "La-La," the first of 20 charting R&B singles over the next few years, the biggest of which would be the crossover hit "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" two years later. ("I'm Sorry," on the poster, went only Top 15.) And finally, the Intruders also charted R&B hits into the mid-1970's, but the crossover "Cowboys to Girls" would always be their biggest.

    Wait - did we say 'finally'? Is anybody hungry? What a wickedly cool and charismatic advertisement down in the lower right corner... "Enter Joe Tex's finger lickin' contest and WIN buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken," complete with their logo and Colonel Sanders' face! Now that launches this poster into pop-culture overdrive. You rarely see fun ads like that on a concert poster, with so much thought put into the design (including, yes, Day-Glo yellow).

    Speaking of which, this poster was printed using Globe's famous Day-Glo florescent inks, which really stand out in broad daylight. And then those inks take on a whole new appearance under a blacklight, those purple tube-lights that became all the rage in head shops and hippie pads in the late Sixties. Check out the additional photo of this poster under a blacklight, it adds quite a wow factor.

    Measures 22" x 31". In Very Good condition with some light moisture spots, some minor creases and wear to corners and general toning to the borders. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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    July, 2019
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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