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    "WHAT'D I SAY" WAS SITTING IN THE CAN

    Ray Charles 1959 Davenport, Iowa Atlantic Records Concert Poster. An original cardboard window card advertising "America's Favorite Music-Maker," Ray Charles, in concert at the Coliseum Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa on Friday night, March 20, 1959. A rare chance to get an Atlantic Records-era 1950's Ray Charles concert poster with an absolutely classic design. A terrific rust-colored poster with every bell and whistle any collector could hope for. It's got the classic shot of Brother Ray posing at his piano; it has hit song titles; it has Atlantic record albums listed; it has a great photo of the Raelets; it has a fun venue box; and it has scarcity to the max.

    And career timing? One month earlier, Ray recorded the classic "What'd I Say." Released in June, it went straight to #1 R&B and also became his first mainstream pop hit, truly an evergreen heard on oldies radio all the time, six decades later. The songs given on the poster are "Rockhouse Pt. 1 & 2" and "The Right Time." The former was no great shakes, but "(Night Time Is) The Right Time" hit #5 R&B and became a classic for Ray. Measures 14" x 22 3/8" and grades to Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: We love the localized venue box, too... "For Reservations Phone Rudolph Quick"... did they mean Quick as in his last name, or quick as in ‘you'd better hurry up!"?

    How many vintage concert posters do you see that plug three albums? Pretty darn unusual. In this poster's case, "Ray Charles' Atlantic Record Albums" consisted of:

    The Great Ray Charles – released in August 1957
    Soul Brothers – released in June 1958
    Ray Charles at Newport – released in November 1958

    In a show of how deeply R&B Ray still was, none of these three long-players made it onto Billboard magazine's album chart at the time. That first occurrence would happen in 1960, fueled by the success of "What'd I Say."

    Condition details: Small tear-away in the upper left corner where a thumbtack was; bigger nail hole in upper right corner. Some very light black surface scuffing in the upper left corner area, going down the side margin, turning horizontal and reaching into "In Person" and Ray's coat. Also a couple of spots in the orange, to the right of his face, and on the "R" in "Ray." A couple of vertical creases in the board which don't break color, in the area of Ray's necktie and leading down from the "C" in "Charles," stopping at his right wrist. There's another surface crease at his right elbow, again not breaking color. Very light crease in the lower right corner from the edge, going through "Ill." and reaching the union bug. Moderate toning throughout.

    On the verso, those two brown stripes you see are merely tape residue from, apparently, when the poster was applied to something a long time ago. They are absolutely not repairing anything; there are no creases or tears in the board underneath. It even looks like there might be a line running through the stains, but that's just from where two pieces of the original cello tape (in both places) crossed over each other. This is a visual flaw only.


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    May, 2021
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