Beatles Whole Unused Concert Tickets – 1964 U.S. Tour

Today I show you three complete & unused Beatles concert tickets from their landmark 1964 American tour.

A lot of fans like to collect Beatle ticket stubs, but collecting an entire, unused Beatles concert ticket from any of their three mid-sixties tours of America is quite a challenge, because most of them were used, of course (and subsequently torn in half).

First up in this video is a Beatles concert ticket from Jacksonville, Fla. on Friday, Sept. 11, 1964.

A number of elements make this one of the better Beatle tickets out there, from any year. First and foremost, it features the famous 1963 Dezo Hoffman photo of the boys, which had adorned Capitol Records’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” picture sleeve earlier that year.

It also has the added touch of a second ink color, red, used to great effect. And then it has a very cool little radio station logo, “The Big Ape” – with cute gorilla pictured.

It wasn’t very often that the boys’ photo appeared on their concert tickets, especially from this calendar year. The very first ducat made with their picture on there was the Beatles August 22, 1964 ticket from Vancouver, BC’s Empire Stadium. Their mugs were faded into the background, but by gosh, they’re on there.

Next in line – with their photograph – was the Beatles ticket from September 3, 1964 from Indianapolis, Indiana’s state fair. A lot of different colors were printed for this date, but they all had their picture.

And the last one? A whole unused Beatles ticket from Cleveland on September 15, 1965 shows their happy faces, laid out vertically (most unusually). And that would be it for their inaugural touring year in America.

Next up in my video is a whole, unused Beatles concert ticket from Baltimore’s Civic Center on Sept. 13, 1964.

This ticket has been bootlegged, but the original has notches in it – as you can see – and the reproduction doesn’t. Plus the boot has a black back and is laminated in plastic. If you’re a serious collector of Beatles concert tickets and stubs like I am, stay away from those.

Collectors should note how strongly this Baltimore tic resembles the unused, complete Beatles ticket from Feb. 11, 1964 in Wash. D.C. Both tickets were obviously designed by the same company – the National Ticket Co. in PA.

And the same thing holds true for the whole, unused Beatles ticket or stub from February 12, 1964 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Unlike the Jacksonville complete Beatles ticket, not much imagination was used in designing these others.

And the third and final item I show you in today’s video is the whole, un-torn Beatles ticket from Sept. 17, 1964 in Kansas City, Missouri at Municipal Stadium. Now this ticket is loaded with personality. The best feature of all? Why, it has a photograph on the back that depicts concert promoter Charles O. Finley in a Beatles wig, being tended to by his secretary (I assume) and holding a picture of Ringo. Wow!

Also a nice touch is the glossy, green and white appearance of this ticket, which matched the colors worn by Finley’s baseball team at Muni Stadium, the A’s. And then there’s that price – $8.50 – whew! The highest regular ticket price of any concert in the Beatles’ U.S. history.

So there you have three specimens of never-used, complete Beatles concert admission tickets from their American 1964 tour. If you have any of these, or any others for that matter, please don’t hesitate to contact me – I love to talk collectible tickets. I can be emailed at pete@postercentral.com or called on 805-540-0020.

And if you wanna see some other cool tix, including a purple Beatles one from ’66, just click over to this other page right here on my Web site: http://www.postercentral.com/tickets.htm

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Tribute To Dr. Strange Dance-Concert Window Card 1965 Early S.F. Event

An original, seminal Tribute to Dr. Strange concert poster used to attract patrons to this October 16, 1965 event that helped shape S.F. rock history.

Nobody colored in this plain black & white original printing, so it stands just as it looked right after leaving the press, unaltered to this day.

This Family Dog Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Concert appearance poster is historic because it sold tickets to the first of three early, seminal FD dance-concert events over a four-week period in the fall of ’65.

Following Dr. Strange, there were “tributes” (in name only) to Sparkle Plenty (the following weekend) and Ming the Merciless (on Nov. 6).

Fans of the Jefferson Airplane covet this Tribute to Dr. Strange concert sign because it stands as the earliest known JA concert poster. It was the band’s first show outside of their own Matrix nightclub, and the Matrix wasn’t producing posters in those early days.

And even though future lead singer Grace Slick wouldn’t join the Airplane for a full year from now, she’s on the poster as well – as a member of The Great Society, listed down below The Marbles.

This Family Dog Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Concert poster board was constructed of rigid cardboard to withstand the Bay Area’s fall weather.

Unlike most future S.F. rock posters, this one has no printer’s credit on it anywhere, although it does carry a printing company’s union bug down in the lower-right corner.

Famous S.F. poster designer Alton Kelley drew up this Tribute to Dr. Strange cardboard poster, but for some reason, he’s not credited either.

Kelley was one of the four founding members of the original Family Dog collective in 1965, and was the one with innate artistic talent.

Another exciting aspect of this Family Dog Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Concert in-person poster is that it stands as the very first psychedelic San Francisco rock-concert poster.

The only earlier psychedelic concert poster hailed from 250 miles away, in Virginia City, Nevada, for the Charlatans’ stand there earlier in the summer.

You gotta love the amazing range of fonts that Mr. Kelley used on this Tribute to Dr. Strange billboard. In fact, “type fonts” isn’t the right term – every letter he used was designed on the spot.

And then there’s the little buzzing airplane adjacent to the Jefferson Airplane’s name – I’ve always loved that.

For such a chaotic design, it’s worth noting that this Family Dog Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Concert event poster presents info in four distinct quadrants. Upper left: the name of the show. Upper right: description of the show.

Lower left: all of the entertainment is named. And lower right: the venue, its location and the ticket prices. It all seems surprisingly well-organized.

The most difficult lettering to make out on this Tribute to Dr. Strange concert placard falls in the upper-left area: the name of the dance. How many people actually got “A Tribute To Dr. Strange” out of that craziness?

But what’s funny is that that was the information they needed the least… what they really needed was in the other three quadrants, none of which have difficult-to-discern lettering.

And notice that all the ticket-buying merchants are listed down in the lower left-hand area, in pretty small print. Typical hippie ethic: bury and hide the capitalist information!

As I inferred earlier, some copies of this Family Dog Rock ’n’ Roll Dance Concert street sign were hand-colored in by members of the Family Dog collective, such as Kelley’s girlfriend, Ellen Harmon. That tall stack of hollow circles looked especially cool when colored in with various hues.

This Tribute to Dr. Strange dance-concert advertisement is brought to you by collector Pete Howard, based in California. That is me, and feel free to reach out to me through pete@postercentral.com or by calling (805)-540-0020. I don’t own this poster myself, so I will pay TOP DOLLAR IN THE HOBBY, PERIOD, for one of these, either colored or un-colored.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed seeing it.

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Rolling Stones Concert Poster 1966 Buffalo, New York

A highly attractive, scarce Rolling Stones window card from June 28th, 1966 in Buffalo, New York.

This was the Stones 5th American tour of their career, having visited the U.S. twice each in 1964 and ’65. The Buffalo date was the 7th show of this tour, which would end exactly one month later in Hawaii.

The coolest feature of this Rolling Stones appearance poster is the striking photograph of the group at water’s edge – taken directly from their best-of album, High Tide and Green Grass.

Matter of fact, that very album was in the top 10 of Billboard magazine’s best-selling LPs chart the very week of this Buffalo concert. It had been out for about two months.

Guy Webster is the photographer who snapped the picture that so dominates this Rolling Stones placard. But you won’t find him credited anywhere… this was considered just a temporary, throw-away advertising sign.

One might think the photo was taken in England somewhere, but nope – Webster shot it in Los Angeles, at Franklin Canyon Park. Founding member Brian Jones dominates the foreground, and he would be dead in three years.

This picture really enhances the appearance of this Rolling Stones broadside. It’s not just a good photo, it’s from one of their album covers. And it’s not just any album cover, it’s their Greatest Hits album cover, currently riding high on the charts. What great synchronicity!

And I haven’t even mentioned their current hit single, “Paint It, Black,” which was in the Top 5 of Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 singles chart at the time. How can it get any better?

Notice how radio station WKBW grabs significant real estate on this Rolling Stones window display. You’ve got their call letters in huge letters at the top, and then they’re plugged again along with the opening groups.

Those support bands were The McCoys, best known for “Hang On Sloopy” (a big hit the previous year), and The Standells, who were presently riding high with their biggest hit, “Dirty Water.”

And it wouldn’t be a Rolling Stones ticket poster without the admission prices being mentioned… in this case, the even amounts of $5.00, $4.00 and $3.00.

That wasn’t cheap for 1966… surely it had to have been one of the very first rock ’n’ roll shows to top out at 5 bucks. Perhaps only the Beatles had gone that high previously, but I haven’t researched it.

And right below the Standells on this Rolling Stones event poster are the “WKBW VIPS.” This was commonplace in the innocent sixties – for the local radio station to get a word in for their DJs, often called VIPs or “good guys.” Sometimes their picture even appeared.

And above everyone’s name you have “Plus All Star Show,” and below them you have that graphic design element of five actual stars. That was an important marketing element in the sixties… give them stars and more stars!

I neglected to mention earlier the type font that’s used for the headliner’s name on this Rolling Stones show placard. It’s cribbed directly from the cover of High Tide and Green Grass, beautifully supplementing the album-cover photograph.

This approach to posters is so much more fun and refreshing than the corporate world it’s evolved into. Can you imagine how involved the Stones’ lawyers would get if designers tried to borrow trademarked elements of the band’s logo, etc.?

And then you have the big red rectangle near the bottom of this Rolling Stones street poster. For starters, it doesn’t say “1966”… why should it? Everyone knew what year they were in, and the poster was created to live for just a few weeks.

And then the show’s venue is given, the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. This big indoor sports arena was built in 1940 and lasted for almost 70 years, before the wrecking ball swung in 2008-2009.

And below the red box are all the locations at which you could buy the tix, including the Auditorium box office itself. This Rolling Stones concert announcement was trimmed once upon a time, probably to fit into a frame. Brundo’s Music Store was in Niagara Falls, and Norton Hall was on the campus of the University of Buffalo.

It’s a shame that such a nice design as this wasn’t turned into a “tour blank” that could’ve been used for more dates on the ’66 tour… but alas, it was created just for this one promoter, just for this one show. But I think it’s the best-looking one I’ve seen from their ’66 trek.

Finally, it’s absolutely terrific that this Rolling Stones tour poster uses the color red so effectively. Even if it were all B&W, it would be darn nice, but the red turns it into a total, total winner.

And notice how the red is evenly distributed throughout the poster… the radio station at the top, the opening acts in the middle and the red box of information down toward the bottom. The designers knew what they were doing.

This Rolling Stones street sign is analyzed and evaluated by long-time collector Peter Howard, who is me… I’m at (805) 540-0020 or pete@postercentral.com. As a serious collector, I will pay TOP DOLLAR IN THE HOBBY, PERIOD for this or any vintage 1960s Stones concert posters.

To view a few other vintage Rolling Stones concert posters just like this, simply “roll” on over to this page right here on my site: http://www.postercentral.com/rollingstones.htm

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Frank Sinatra Window Card 1943 Hollywood Bowl Concert – 75 Cents Admission!

An original, genuine Frank Sinatra concert poster from his show at Los Angeles’ famous Hollywood Bowl on August 14, 1943.

This could be Frank’s earliest known concert poster, as he had just become a legit solo artist only the previous year.

Adding to the collector’s cache of this Frank Sinatra fence poster is the fact that I’ve seen almost no other Frank concert posters from his 1940s-1950s days. Either he didn’t conduct formal tours that much, or else his management preferred the other two advertising choices of the day, radio and newspaper ads.

Even Rat Pack concert posters of the 1960s don’t exist… I know of only one, from 1963. They did a lot of Vegas casinos, but never regular tours. Then again, this Hollywood Bowl show wasn’t part of a regular tour, either… it was pretty isolated. So it’s a head-scratcher.

This Frank Sinatra concert sign does not say “1943” on it anywhere, because that would’ve been completely unnecessary… its entire life span was meant to be just a few weeks.

But most unusually, it does state the date and time of the concert twice on the poster, using the exact same wording. “Sat. Aug. 14, 9:00 P.M.” appears at both the top and near the bottom; quite unusual.

It’s also a bit unorthodox the way the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra is almost hidden with such small print on this Frank Sinatra billboard. It’s almost like the promoters wanted to downplay their involvement.

This was about the third time Ol’ Blue Eyes had performed with a full orchestra in the summer of ’43; previously, he had attempted the same scenario in both New York and Cleveland.

One major attention-grabbing aspect of this Frank Sinatra concert placard is the fact that General Admission tickets were only 75 cents… imagine that, such a legend with a full orchestra at a hallowed venue for less than a buck admission! Unbelievable.

I don’t know if GA in this case meant standing or sitting… I’m guessing the latter… but Reserved seats were much more normally priced at $1.10, $1.65 and $2.20, “tax included.”

As for where you could buy them, a couple of old-fashioned phone numbers are given across the bottom of this Frank Sinatra show poster. “HO. 3151” is an abbreviation for “Hollywood 3151,” back when phone numbers were only six digits. I don’t know what word “TU.” stood for.

In addition to the phone numbers, “all Mutual Agencies” and the Southern California Music Company on Hill Street in downtown L.A. are given as locations where ducats could be bought.

Perhaps the most striking feature of this Frank Sinatra ticket poster is the fact that it completely lacks any color. I usually disdain plain old black & white concert posters, but in this case, the simplicity really works for me.

It was laid out and printed by a company I’ve never heard of, before or since – the Alles Printing Company right there in L.A. But it does carry the all-important printer’s union bug.

It’s a shame there are no song titles on the Hollywood Bowl’s Frank Sinatra in-person poster. Not only did Blue Eyes chart four number one’s with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, he topped the charts on his own in the spring with “All or Nothing At All.” Would’ve been nice to see that one on there.

But when you start speculating or wishing like that, you might as well wish for added color, his record label’s logo (Columbia) and even a photo of Frank… that would’ve all been great, too. But as us collectors always say, “It is what it is.”

So since this Frank Sinatra tour placard doesn’t have a photo of Ol’ Blue Eyes, I show you a few in this video blog. I hold up pictures of Frank backstage at this gig and on stage at this gig, too. It’s great to see what he was wearing on this special occasion, and how young he looked.

In fact, the Hollywood Bowl has a little museum that features photos from this night, the microphone Frank used on stage, and even an audio recording of the concert that you can listen to.

There’s another photo I show you in this video that has this Frank Sinatra window poster in it – four of them, in fact! Sinatra’s hanging out backstage with his pianist, and the posters are just casually scattered about… it’s a real trip to see them in this fashion.

There’s another page here on my Web site in which I solicit original pictures of concert posters actually in use at the time – on fences, in store windows, etc. I couldn’t ask for a better one of this Sinatra backstage shot with his posters… it’s just amazing.

This Frank Sinatra poster board has dimensions of 14×22”, which should come as no surprise because that was the standard size of the day.

It was made of rigid cardboard stock, not paper, also a standard feature of the era… these things had to last outdoors for a few weeks leading up to the concert.

This Frank Sinatra concert advertisement is shown off and lectured upon by me, Pete Howard, in California. I can be reached either by calling 805 540 0020, or emailing pete@postercentral.com. As a serious collector and Frank fan, I will pay TOP DOLLAR, PERIOD for this or any other early Sinatra broadsides advertising his shows. Thank you.

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Beatles ’65 / Beatles Story Rare 1964 Promo Poster – Capitol Records

An original Beatles ’65 in-store poster produced by Capitol Records to promote the group’s newest waxing at the very end of 1964.

This poster also promotes the group’s previous LP, The Beatles’ Story, released just the month before.

The first thing that jumps out at you from this Beatles ’65 promo poster is the semi-sarcastic headline at the top… ‘Yeah, Yeah, We’ve Got It,’ it states in red letters.

That headline alludes, of course, to the chorus of “She Loves You,” and also the long wait fans had from the group’s previous summer release of new songs, until this one in mid-December.

A big thing that I love about this Beatles ’65 point-of-purchase poster is that – in spite of it being somewhat small in size – it actually displays twenty Beatle faces! Sixteen on the big album, of course, and four on Story. You can’t beat that visual!

And then there’s the importance of the word “Beatlemania,” found near the top of the Story album cover. That word is so important in reference to the Fab Four in 1964, so it’s awesome to have it on this poster.

This Beatles ’65 record-store merchandising poster appears to have been made “on the cheap”… it lacks the full color of the album cover, and as I said, it’s fairly small in size.

This leads me to believe that it might not have been a national marketing piece for Capitol, but rather a regional item that was designed and printed by one of the label’s many local branches somewhere around the U.S.

Adding credence to that speculation is the fact that Capitol manufactured a big, full-color Beatles ’65 retail poster that was merely a blow-up of that LP’s cover, with no further embellishment. I show you that in a separate entry here on my video blog.

Now, some collectors would prefer to have that larger, full-color cardboard item, but others undoubtedly prefer this one, with its fun proclamations at both the top and the bottom.

Speaking of clever wording, I was a bit puzzled by the way this Beatles ’65 record-store poster pushes the big album, but then calls The Beatles’ Story the “gift-of-the-year.” A little bit of a diss for the bigger album, don’t you think? Ah, I’m probably just making too much of these tiny decisions that some marketing executive made on the fly.

But notice how the poster’s designer added seven red arrows to the layout, to draw eyeballs to the two items being advertised. Six for the big album and one for the afterthought… oops, I mean the “gift-of-the-year.”

Even though this Beatles ’65 in-store merchandising poster was obviously produced on a budget, they didn’t cut corners with the paper quality… it was printed on very thick paper, giving it a nice, robust feel.

And maybe I’m giving them too hard a time for not going full-color on this poster… for, after all, red was the predominant color on both LP covers in question, so that important base was covered.

And last but not least, you have the iconic Capitol Records oval logo on this poster in three different places, greatly adding to its pizazz for Beatle collectors who love stuff like this. I sure do!

Speaking of me loving stuff, this Beatles ’65 in-store promotional poster is presented to you by veteran Fab Four collector Pete Howard. That would be me, and I can be contacted through 805-540-0020 or by emailing pete@postercentral.com. I don’t have this poster myself, so I will pay TOP DOLLAR IN THE HOBBY, PERIOD for this poster, as well as many other original 1960s Capitol Beatle promo posters.

And to read my story on collectable promo posters from the sixties – including all known Beatles ones – just skip over to this page right here on my site: http://www.postercentral.com/goldmine-promoposters.htm

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