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DescriptionNeil Diamond 1970 Corvallis, OR "Sweet Caroline"-Era Concert Poster. An original thick-cardboard advertising window card for Neil Diamond appearing at Oregon State University on Saturday evening, January 24, 1970. Features a compelling design with Neil pictured amongst blue and black diagonal lines.
This was a college show, with Gill Coliseum located on campus. Neil had ended the 60's with a bang, with two Top 10 singles: "Sweet Caroline" and "Holly Holy." In the summer of 1970 Neil would release his first #1 single: "Cracklin' Rosie," so it was a great year for him, his biggest yet.
The Washington Poster Co. was known for making their concert posters on extra-heavy board to withstand the weather elements, and this was no exception. The concert info in the lower left was attached via a black sticker, and if you look closely, you can see the words "Record Shop" peeking out from under the sticker's bottom. So this poster was likely used for more than one Pacific Northwest date.
Measures 15" x 22 1/2" and grades to Very Good condition. A light surface crease or two; a very benign pinhole or two; and one dinged corner with a half-inch crease (lower left). All of the attention here is on the black venue box. This was a ‘tour blank' for at least a couple of shows, and the Gill Coliseum info was applied in unusual black sticker form, including the diagonal cut in the lower right to match the poster's design. The black sticker was quite susceptible to scuffing and wear, in stark contrast to the solid blacks of the poster itself. There's a tape lift the size of a dime above "EU" in "Coliseum."
The poster's verso was also used as a makeshift sign for some other campus event, but carries the "ASOSU Approved" rubber stamp, making it somewhat official. (The acronym stands for Associated Students of Oregon State University.) COA from Heritage Auctions.
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