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    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Vintage Seattle Concert Poster.
    It's an offbeat poster for sure, but this is an original cardboard window card advertising tickets for Smokey Robinson & the Miracles at the Seattle Center Arena in the late 60's or very early 70's. Smokey retired from the Miracles in July 1972, so that's the very latest this poster could date from, although '72 is pretty unlikely. We advertised this poster as being from 1969 a couple of years ago and it sold for $1,375; that buyer has now consigned the same poster for this auction, so it remains the only one we've ever seen. (Without a day of the week given, or any other clues to work from, dating an old poster half-a-century later is an exercise in informed guesswork.)

    Consisting of red and black print on a bright yellow background, this poster breaks many conventions. Instead of a photo of the group, the poster's designer chose an artistic rendition of the Miracles huddled together, with 'Smoke' down front center. Red lines shooting out from the center give the poster its 'action' feel. Another break from convention is dropping the "Robinson" from the group's name, adding a feel of casual familiarity.

    Tickets ranged from $3.00 to $5.00, and several ticket-buying locations are given in two small lines at the bottom, most of them music stores.

    Regardless of where the poster falls from 1968-1972, the Miracles were certainly powered forward by the huge success of "The Tears of a Clown" in 1970, which went to #1 on both the Pop and R&B charts in Billboard. In fact, Smokey was itching to get on with his producing and Motown executive roles at this time, but delayed those plans a couple of years based on the huge runaway success of that single.

    Measures 14" x 22". In Very Good condition with staple holes and indents to the corners and edges. The lower left corner has a tear and creases, and two water spots are present in the lower right corner, in addition to some lightening of the yellow throughout due to moisture creep (which has been all dry for decades). But it could be years before you see another one of these! COA from Heritage Auctions.

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2019
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
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