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    The Kingsmen 1965 Boxing-Style Concert Poster with "Louie Louie." An original cardboard window card advertising Portland, Oregon's The Kingsmen coming to your town for a "Show and Dance." This is an unused "tour blank," in that the white venue box on top has not been filled in with any date or venue information. It's very similar to the Paul Revere & the Raiders tour-blank poster that we also have in this sale. Both date from 1965, both bands are from Portland, OR, both posters are blank at the top, and both were made by the Tilghman ("till-man") Press poster company in Oakland, California.

    The big difference, however, is that Mark Lindsay and company had no national hits yet. The Kingsmen, on the other hand, had two Top 5 national hits under their belt, and thankfully both are on the poster. But what a difference in even those two hits.

    "The Jolly Green Giant," which reached #4 in Billboard, was a totally forgettable novelty hit, didn't even have an original melody, and had silly throwaway lyrics based on a TV commercial.

    "Louie Louie," however, arguably changed the world. It's one of those few songs that every garage band in the English-speaking world learned early in their apprenticeship. It wasn't written by the Kingsmen, it was written by American musician Richard Berry in 1955. But the Kingsmen took it to #2 for several weeks in late 1963 and early '64. (It was kept out of first place by the innocuous pair of The Singing Nun and Bobby Vinton.)

    Just like Van Morrison and Them's "Gloria" a few years later, any high-school group with guitars and a drummer learned the chords to "Louie Louie" and could only take a stab at the lyrics. Part of the song's appeal, intentional or otherwise, was that a couple of the lines sounded pretty naughty if you let your imagination say so. Such was the world of teenagers and no rock-music reference sources in the 1960's.

    Measures 14" x 22" and grades to Very Good Plus condition. Light brown toning around all four margins. A little bit of surface dirt in the "MEN" area of the band's name. All four corners have been nudged and have small creases. One harmless, invisible three-inch crease in the blank venue box. Many would call this near mint minus. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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    December, 2020
    6th Sunday
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