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    Otis Redding 1965 Martinsville, Virginia Concert Handbill / Small Poster. An original paper concert flyer/small poster advertising "Mr. Pitiful" himself, Otis Redding, appearing at the Couples Club - formerly the Moose Club, mind you - in the small town of Martinsville, Virginia on Friday night, June 4, 1965.

    This was Otis just before he started to hit the big-time. He's called "Mr. Pitiful" on the big handbill because that was his first Top 10 R&B hit just a few months prior. After this piece was printed, "I've Been Loving You Too Long" entered Billboard's R&B charts and gave a big boost to his career. That was followed by "Respect" in September, and you know the rest.

    A lot of people think Otis was a crossover Pop star because he wrote "Respect," successfully covered the Stones' "Satisfaction" and appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival. But did you know that Otis never had so much as a Top 20 pop hit until after he died? From a commercial standpoint, he was a dynamic, gut-bucket R&B artist all the way.

    So that's where the appeal of this piece gets boosted. A "School's Out Celebration!" from a small southern town, very plain graphics, a real 'soul' feel to it... this was the real Otis Redding, his real roots, more than the big, splashy concert posters later in his career. This piece just strikes us as the real deal... very authentic and perfectly matching the music.

    Measures 8" x 12 1/2" and grades to Very Good condition, for strong overall toning, an edge notch missing above the "C" in upper left, some creasing and crumpling along the whole top edge, and a two-inch-wide light discoloration on the bottom edge, cause by tape 56 years ago. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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