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    THE WEEK "CALIFORNIA GIRLS" WAS RELEASED

    The Beach Boys 1965 Charlotte, NC Jumbo Globe Concert Poster. An original vintage window card advertising The Beach Boys in concert in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday evening, July 14, 1965. This poster was constructed by the famous Globe Poster company on cardboard, and is almost three inches taller than your standard jumbo concert-poster size. But it's the bright, Day-Glo orange ink that closes the deal on this one.

    The eye appeal of this poster is off the charts, with that dazzling orange Day-Glo color and bright blue waves behind it. Six song titles and a fun photo of the band in their trademark striped shirts complete the picture. This poster design was a 'tour blank' with the city and date printed into the white box at the top, so it exists from more than just this one date. But these Globes were expensive for local promoters to invest in, so far from being made for every stop on this tour, only a few promoters seemed to have bothered with them. They primarily turn up from the southeastern part of the U.S.

    All in all, it's a stunning, rare and highly-sought-after concert poster from arguably the most popular, important and enduring rock band in America's history. Measures 21 3/4" x 30 3/4" and grades to restored Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: Notice the song "Honda" uses a large type font. That's because the Beach Boys had a popular song called "Little Honda" the year before, related to the current craze in small Honda motorcycles with teens and young people. The group would often tie in with a local Honda motorcycle dealership on stops along the tour. The other song titles are fun and curious choices. Rather than list their biggest hits up to this point such as "Fun, Fun, Fun" and "I Get Around," there are some interesting alternates here. "Help Me, Rhonda" was an obvious choice because it had been #1 nationally that spring. But then of the remaining four tunes, you have three B-sides and an album track (the latter being "Keep an Eye on Summer," which we suppose looked good on a July poster). "Warmth of the Sun" is now a particular fan favorite, as it came to light over the decades that Brian Wilson and Mike Love wrote it surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy.

    This poster fell at a brilliant point in the Beach Boys' career. Forty-eight hours earlier, on Monday, July 12, Capitol Records had released their brand new single, "California Girls." It's truly one of their signature songs, and group leader Brian Wilson has often cited it as his own favorite Beach Boys song. And a week before that, on July 5, Capitol released the band's very popular album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), which would rise to #2 on Billboard's album chart.

    This masterpiece is often considered the best-looking Beach Boys concert poster ever made, and for good reason. Its only rival would possibly be the 1963 jumbo green poster from Sacramento, CA that Heritage sold a year ago for $8,750. (This Charlotte poster comes from the same collection.)

    It should be pointed out that even the most modern photographic techniques come up short in portraying Day-Glo colors. When seen in-person, Day-Glo inks are packed with a ‘wow' factor which just can't be captured by a camera.

    Notice how not only did the city & date information change at the top, but so did the info found in both orange stripes. The Charlotte Top 40 radio station WIST gets a nice plug in the top stripe, and the local opening band The Roemans got their due in the bottom one. Obviously, these add-on's would only be suitable for Charlotte.

    The song titles were subject to change as well, getting printed in black ink at the same time the city/date info and content of both orange stripes were printed. So in other words, the first time this poster ran through the printing press, it had only the orange, blue and white, looking very incomplete. All the black would come on its second pass through the press.

    Like all vintage advertising pieces, once the concerts were over, 99% of these things were thrown away. Or saved for just a couple or few years. So if you combine that with the fact that few cities used them, these jumbo Beach Boys Globes seldom change hands. There's only a few, at best, known amongst collectors, and only from a couple of cities.

    Condition details: Poster is a beautiful sight to behold, with only very light toning, deep rich blacks, a robust blue ocean and spectacular Day-Glo orange dominating. Has had some touch-up work done, visible only upon very close examination and when the poster is held at an extreme angle to the light. The two areas in which work was done appears to be the center of the top venue box (in the "EUM" area plus above and below those letters), and along the bottom border, but it's quite difficult to discern where, how much or how little, even to our trained eyes – one of the hallmarks of a perfect repair job.




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