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    Otis Redding, B.B. King 1965 Fillmore Auditorium Concert Poster, Signed by B.B. An original concert-advertising window card for R&B great Otis Redding and blues great B.B. King appearing together at San Francisco's famed Fillmore Auditorium on Sunday night, December 12, 1965. In addition, Mr. King has autographed the poster.

    You can't ask more from an Otis Redding concert poster than to have "Respect" plugged, and that's just what we have here. "Respect" was the Big O's latest Top 5 R&B hit, just coming down the charts. His following single was just a couple of weeks away: "I Can't Turn You Loose," another concert barnburner. Meanwhile, the poster also plugs "Mr. Pitiful," another Top 10 R&B hit of his from early '65.

    As for the co-headlining Mr. King, we love the way "B.B." is explained: "Blues Boy." Not many of his vintage posters did that. (Remember, his real first name was Riley.) Just like Otis, he's repped by a great vintage publicity photo... and of course, the ever-present "and his Orchestra."

    A trademark Tilghman ("till-man") Press concert poster made across the bay in Oakland, CA. Once owned and displayed by John Goddard of Village Music in Mill Valley, CA, terrific provenance. "Move and Groove," it says across the top... how could the patrons possibly do anything else?

    The only specimen of this poster collectors have ever seen - from any city, if they did more than one - and the very first time it's being offered for public sale.

    Measures 16" x 24" and grades to restored Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    More Information: John Goddard was once the owner of the legendary Village Music record store in nearby Mill Valley, a true mecca for fans, collectors and musicians/celebrities. Goddard's walls were covered with classic boxing-style concert posters for shows he attended, dating back to the late 50's. The walls of his store were adorned with his prized posters, and when one of the musicians would come in to shop, John often had them sign their vintage poster. Such was the case with this piece, which has B.B. King's signature at the bottom of his photo.

    Interesting historical note: This was quite a busy and important weekend in Bay-Area music history. Forty-eight hours earlier, on Friday night, Bill Graham had hosted his first-ever concert at this very venue, the Fillmore... his Mime Troupe Appeal II dance-concert, which included the old-named Warlocks, according to journalist Ralph J. Gleason. And just 24 hours earlier, on the Saturday night, the landmark Muir Beach Acid Test had taken place featuring the newly named... Grateful Dead.

    Condition details: The poster's four edge margins had suffered a lot of wear & tear but have been professionally restored by our poster-conservation expert. This was mostly on the front, as the verso shows no evidence of such repair. Copious tiny staple holes throughout, located in about a dozen places around the edges and half-a-dozen in the artwork portion, but nothing close to serious, the biggest one falling on "Name" in "I Can Hear My Name." There's a small bit of restoration discoloring to the green at the very bottom. B.B. King's original autograph remains, but the salutation "To John" above it has been carefully removed, leaving very light remnants of the writing in that spot. Moderate toning throughout. Otherwise a solid piece of board with still a very strong constitution (rigidity).

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2020
    14th Saturday
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