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    Marvin Gaye/Harvey And The Moonglows Elks Club Concert Poster (1959). Rare. Window card printed on card stock for two shows on Sat and Sun May 9/10 at an Elks Club, unknown location. The poster announces "In Person Harvey and the Moonglows, Recorded Hit 'Ten Commandments Of Love', 'Twelve Months In The Year'. Printed by Hatch Show Print, Nashville. Accompanied by a copy of a photograph of the Moonglows taken circa 1959, showing Marvin Gaye in the lineup. Poster measures 13.75" x 21.75". In Very Good condition with two heavy creases from the poster being quarter-folded, as stored by the printer, with slight loss to surface, some time and light staining to white areas.

    The Moonglows' single "Twelve Months In The Year" listed on this poster features spoken lyrics by a 20-year old Marvin Gay (he changed the spelling of his name later to Gaye when he signed with Tamla). This is possibly the earliest known poster for a performance by Gaye. He was previously part of a vocal group called The Marquees. They released one single on OKeh Records but it failed to chart and they were dropped by the label. Soon after they were approached by Harvey Fuqua, the leader of the recently disbanded Moonglows, to form the "New" Moonglows. The group broke up in 1960 and Gaye joined the Tri-Phi Records label with Fuqua before being discovered by Berry Gordy and signing with Tamla in 1961.

    Provenance: Hatch Show Print Archive, Nashville.

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