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    Lou Rawls / The Marvelettes 1967 Lancaster, PA Jumbo Concert Poster. An original window card from the fall of 1967 advertising two weekend concerts coming to Franklin & Marshall liberal-arts college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The first show, on Friday evening, was for smooth soul singer Lou Rawls. The second concert, on Saturday night, featured two hit acts which are both misspelled on the poster: Motown's The Marvelettes and local group Jay & The Techniques, hailing from Allentown, PA, just 90 minutes away.

    This is a trademark tall, thin poster produced by Posters, Inc. in Philly, and a very recognizable and popular template: twice as tall as it is wide, the artwork's backdrop divided diagonally between yellow and white, the biggest information printed in red, and purple ink used throughout instead of black. Posters Inc. is also characterized by never putting song titles on these posters. We have a Peter, Paul & Mary poster in this auction using the very same template.

    Lou Rawls was a multi-faceted entertainer, not just a singer; he was also a songwriter, actor, voice actor and record producer. And 1967 was a great year for him. But first, he had a breakthrough hit the previous year with "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing," which went #1 R&B. Then in 1967 Lou won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance for "Dead End Street," which went #3 R&B. And in the summertime, Mr. Rawls would earn bragging rights for life by performing on the first evening of the Monterey Pop Festival.

    Speaking of great years, the Marvelettes charted three Top 10 R&B hits in '67: "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game," "When You're Young and In Love" and "My Baby Must Be a Magician." The girl group was also known for hits like "Beachwood 4-5789" and "Don't Mess with Bill." But history will always recognize the Marvelettes as the first Motown act to have a #1 mainstream pop hit: "Please Mr. Postman" in 1961. Move over, Smokey & the Miracles.

    The unforgivable misspelling on this window card continued with Jay & the Techniques' appearance on the poster. The interracial R&B group performed better on Billboard's pop charts than the R&B side, logging two mainstream hits in 1967: "Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie" which rose to #6, and "Keep the Ball Rollin'" which hit #14.

    Measures 14" x 27 ¾" and grades to Near Mint Minus condition. There's a bump to the lower right corner, and that's about it. We almost called this Near Mint. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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