4 Seasons Concert Window Card 1960s Frankie Valli & His Jersey Boys

An original Four Seasons concert poster from a liberal-arts college in Pennsylvania, dating back to the spring of 1966.

This tall, thin specimen measures 14 inches wide by 28 inches tall, a good half-foot taller than your standard cardboard concert poster of the day (14×22 was the size usually used).

The company that made this cardboard 4 Seasons poster board is Posters Inc., out of Philadelphia – about 80 miles from Lancaster.

Their credit is the last line of the poster, down at the bottom… in a bigger type size than any other poster-printing company of the day (but not obnoxiously so).

No black ink was used in printing this Four Seasons window card… only blue and red inks, on a bright white background.

Thus you have an almost patriotic red, white & blue appearance to this advertising piece, and certainly one that caught the eye.

There’s a catchy group photo found on this 4 Seasons show poster… thank goodness.  A lot of old concert posters tried to get by on just words alone.

But there’s Frankie Valli himself, front and center, with group producer and chief songwriter Bob Gaudio off to the right.

It’s easier for us to identify with the personnel on this Four Seasons placard, now that most of us have seen either the movie or theatrical presentation of Jersey Boys.

I saw them both, the latter in Las Vegas.  It was only then did I realize how very important Bob Gaudio was to the group’s success.  We all knew about Frankie the front man, but wow, Gaudio wrote so many of their hits.

Notice how “The Student Union Board” is mentioned prominently at the top and bottom of this 4 Seasons in-person poster. This college was big on bringing hit attractions to their campus in the mid-’60s.

Other concert posters I found along with this one included the Beach Boys, Peter, Paul & Mary and James Brown.  All at Franklin & Marshall College.

It’s interesting to note the handwritten ticket information right under the group’s name on this Four Seasons tour poster. It was scrawled in something like magic marker, and has faded notably over the years.

But it does say, “Tickets on sale Fri. Mon. Tues. Wed., Campus Shop.”  Obviously, directing students to when they can purchase ducats – not on weekends!

Tickets were $2.50 in advance and three bucks at the door, as stated in red letters on this 4 Seasons billboard. Not bad for a group that had had about 10 big hits up to this point.

And then ticket mail-order information is given down below, asking for a check or money order, plus as SASE.  Very old-school, of course.  A first-class postage stamp was only about 5 cents back then!

It’s a shame this Four Seasons concert placard doesn’t have any song titles on it.  There was no shortage of candidates… “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll”… all previous #1 hits for the group.

And they were just coming off “Workin’ My Way Back To You,” the 10th Top 10 pop hit of their career.

But when Posters Inc. designed this 4 Seasons window poster, they followed their usual pattern: no song titles.  The company simply never used song titles as part of their game plan.

As I said, that’s a bit of a shame, because for me, the mention of hit songs really helps ramp up the nostalgia level when gazing upon an old concert poster like this.

Notice how the group’s booking agency got big love at the bottom of this Four Seasons broadside… those letters are rather tall for the WM. HONNEY AGY., also of Philadelphia.

But all in all, it’s a sweet piece of vintage music-concert advertising, and one that most people simply threw away after the show… thus giving collectors today a challenge in finding one that survived.

This 4 Seasons window display is discussed and shown to you in this video by Pete Howard, long-time music historian and collector on California’s central coast. That’s me, and to reach me, just freely use pete@postercentral.com, or call [805] 540-0020. Just keep in mind that I pay the very best prices in this hobby, bar none, for vintage materials of show advertising, along the lines of this Four Seasons event poster.

Thank you and have a nice day!

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The Midnighters Concert Poster 1950s King Records Stars, Great Design

A truly outstanding Midnighters window card from the 1950s that simply dazzles with its beautiful eye appeal.

Just look at the blue and black night sky, clouds and stars used as the backdrop here… it’s a ’50s graphic masterpiece.

And luckily, this Midnighters show poster was a ‘tour blank,’ meaning every city on the tour got to see its beauty.  Everything in the big blue & black box was printed way ahead of time.

And then each city’s distinct information was printed into the blank white area up top. (In this video, I also show you a second example from another city.)

So at the top of this particular Midnighters tour poster, it proclaims, “Dance – Palace Ballroom.” No mention of Louisville; no need to. The locals all knew where they were.

“Friday, Nov. 15” and “9 P.M.-1” comes next.  The “1” is sort of hung out to dry for lack of space, but the message gets across.

Then I love the ticket prices given on this Midnighters broadside: “Advance 99 cents, At Door $1.50.”  On old concert posters, you almost always see round figures; I see “one dollar” a hundred times for each time I see something like “99 cents.”

And then, “Limited Tickets At: Vine’s Record, Blue Moon, 666, Top Hat Tavern, Grand & Lyric Theaters.”  All Louisville locations.

The body (permanent part) of this Midnighters window poster proclaims at the top, “Big In Person Rhythm Spectacular.”

That was a typical statement of the day on old concert posters, and the fonts used to convey it were vintage Murray, very much a hallmark of theirs.

And then Universal Attractions somehow snares two credits on this Midnighters concert placard… once above the group’s name, and again down in the bottom left-hand corner in the margin.

Then you have the group’s name in big, black, slanted lettering right in the middle of the poster.  Very catchy and classy.

And I suppose it wouldn’t be a Midnighters appearance poster without their photograph on it, so there you have it, all with nice smiles.  (Leader Hank Ballard is second from right.)

“King Record Stars” comes between the group’s name and their photo, and that’s nice for us because King was a very successful and highly regarded R&B label of the era.

And then three song titles are trotted out on this Midnighters telephone-pole poster… one smash hit from the past, and two current duds that didn’t chart at all.

The group was actually in a nadir at this point in their career, without a single record charted the previous year, the current year or the following year.  So they were coasting a bit at this juncture.

But it’s great to have any Midnighters tour placard with “Annie Had a Baby” on it, because that was a #1 R&B smash from three years earlier.

But the other two songs on here, “In the Doorway Crying” and “Come and Get It,” were both total non-charters.

And let’s not forget the cool-looking fellow at the bottom of this tasty piece of Midnighters concert memorabilia.

“Cal Green and his Orchestra” is given nice space and respect, with different type fonts on his name and a very cool picture of Cal playing electric guitar and looking up at the headlining act.

The condition of this Midnighters street poster isn’t bad given its age, with the most obvious defect being a missing corner down in the lower left.

It also has the requisite light stains, creasing and thumbtack holes, all very standard for any poster that was once actually used to sell tickets.

In my video here, I show you another example of this Midnighters boxer style concert poster, as it was used in another city. I don’t actually have a second poster, but rather a photo of one to show you.

It’s fun and enlightening to compare the two, and really drives home the point in an instant that this was a ‘tour blank’ used for several weeks or months.

This Midnighters concert announcement is discussed for you today by me, Pete Howard, a collector based in California’s central coast region. I can be reached by using pete@postercentral.com or by calling 805/540-0020.  Please contact me especially if you have any old concert stuff like this, because I pay the highest prices in the hobby for vintage rock, soul and R&B concert collectibles, such as this Midnighters pole poster.

And to see a few more delightful examples of collectable black-music concert posters from the ’50s and ’60s, just slide your mouse over to this page: http://www.postercentral.com/rhythmnblues.htm

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Beatles San Francisco Concert Ticket 1966 KYA Radio

A really lovely example of a 1966 Beatles Candlestick Park unused ticket plus an accompanying stub from the same show, both very collectible.

The good news for collectors is that the so-called “stub” is only slightly smaller than the full original, because only a tiny portion was torn off at the gate.

So while collectors covet the Beatles San Francisco complete ticket, those fans just wishing for a token souvenir do almost as well with “just” the stub.

That’s because all Fab Four faces remained intact, even after it had been used for admittance.  What a great design by somebody at the promoter’s office or at the radio station.

Speaking of which, this is often called simply a Beatles KYA concert ticket stub because that station’s call letters are featured so prominently.

Take a look – they’re not only above the Beatles’ name, they’re in letters twice as tall!  Now that took some hubris.

But the good news is, you get it all – even if you only have the Beatles Candlestick Park ticket stub.  So what is it you’re missing with the used version?

Nothing but the radio station’s General Manager’s signature!  That’s right, the guy was a corporate suit.  Clinton D. Churchill was his name, but it might has well’ve been John Hancock, from the size of it.

So if you have the Beatles San Francisco complete concert ticket, you get that little last portion with an irrelevant signature.

But – and this is a big but – collectors still covet the unused version.  They don’t look at “with or without the radio guy’s sig” – they look at it as, “Is this thing in brand new, never-used shape?”

So having a Beatles KYA unused concert ticket still wins the race, but my point is that the stub version is such a winner in its own right.

Because in collecting, visual appeal trumps everything, and the darn stub has 90% – some would even say 100% – of the visual appeal that the full one has.

It’s ironic that there are so many Beatles Candlestick Park complete tickets around, given the historic nature of this show.  That’s because it didn’t sell out.

I mean, can you just imagine? If the Fabs had announced ahead of time that this was their last show ever, they could have sold out the concert 10 times over… or maybe 50x!  People would’ve flown in from all over the world, even in 1966.

After all, that’s what gives this Beatles San Francisco full concert ticket its cache… it was the very last time the guys ever gave a paid performance.

Starting as the Quarry Men in the fall of 1957 after Paul joined John in his group, the guys had been paid at least a pittance to perform live music.  All of that ended on this night, forever.

Have you noticed how this Beatles KYA full concert ticket features the faces of all four Fabs? And do the faces look a little… dated?

Well, that’s because they’re drawn from a famous 1963 Dezo Hoffman photograph!  I have no idea why someone authorized using such an old picture… but at the end of the day, everyone’s fine with it.

But the best thing of all about this Beatles Candlestick Park show ticket stub is that it has “Ringo, John, Paul and George” on it (in L-R order).  Their names!

You might think, “No big deal.” But that makes this ticket the only one out of all 70 North American tour dates from 1964-66 to carry the boys’ names on the ticket.  Period.

Some collectors aren’t satisfied with just one Beatles San Francisco full ticket.  They try to find one in every price range.

You’re better off seeking stubs in every price range… because I’m guessing that some of the price tiers definitely sold out, even if the whole show didn’t.

But let’s face it: Most collectors would be quite content to have just one Beatles KYA complete concert ticket.  Having different prices levels and even colors is for hard-cores only.

And who would ever watch my collectors’ video blogs and think that I might be a little hard-core when it comes to collecting?  LOL…

This Beatles Candlestick Park full ticket (and stub) is shown to you today and lectured upon by myself, Pete Howard, located in California – just a few hours south of S.F.  I can be contacted thru pete@postercentral.com or (805) 540-0020.  And as a serious collector who also trades a lot with friends, I pay the best prices in this hobby for old Beatles tickets and stubs like this, including Candlestick.

To see a few more great, collectable concert ticket stubs from other important bands, and another nice Beatles one also from ’66, just click over to this page: http://www.postercentral.com/tickets.htm

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Little Willie John Window Card 1950s w/“Fever” on King Records

An original 1950’s Little Willie John broadside that advertised a show in Nashville, Tennessee on Thanksgiving night, 1957.

This poster has a dramatic look to it, highlighted by the great red & black coloring and highly creative design.

Murray Poster Printing Co. out of NYC created this Little Willie John placard, so they deserve the credit for making it such a good-looker.

The big variety of type fonts present is definitely one of Murray’s telltale trademarks, as are the 15 or so stars scattered about the poster.

Even the venue information at the top of this Little Willie John in-person poster is set in creative, attractive type fonts, not just plain block lettering.

And isn’t it nice that the year is included in the show date… a lot of neophytes think that automatically makes any poster a newer reprint, but definitely not.  I’d say about 5% of original old posters do have the year as part of the concert date.

“3 Fabulous Stars – All In Person,” proclaims this Little Willie John window display. That was only partly true, as LWJ was the only reliable hit-making machine present here.

But singer Linda Hopkins and bandleader Arnett Cobb – the latter billed here as “Wild Man of the Tenor Sax” – were both strong and talented musical personalities that really helped carry the show.

But I call this strictly a Little Willie John concert poster because he’s the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member who had already achieved five Top 10 R&B hits at this point, and he had only just turned 20 years old.

Sadly, we would lose Little Willie at the young age of 30, while he was incarcerated in prison.  But he certainly left a legacy, and some great songs, in his wake.

It’s wonderful that this Little Willie John event poster gives the song “Fever” on it. It’s in a bigger type font than the other two song titles, and for good reason.

“Fever” was #1 for a month in 1956, a remarkable achievement for the then-17-year-old. Peggy Lee helped to immortalize the song years later.

“All Around the World” is also shown on this poster, which was Willie’s first single in 1955 – and a Top 5 R&B hit.  Once again, at only 17!

And then this Little Willie John show placard presents three songs for Linda Hopkins as well, and actually four for Arnett Cobb, the bottom-billed act.  None of the seven songs charted at all, however.

And the three musicians were all on different record labels, too… John on King Records, Hopkins on Atlantic Records and Cobb on Mercury Records. And all three labels are mentioned on the poster – I love it when they did that.

This cardboard Little Willie John poster board is shown to you today by one Pete Howard, who is me… a long-time music historian and collector. I can be asked questions thru pete@postercentral.com or by calling (805) 540-0020. Or certainly contact me if you have something vintage for sale… I pay the very best prices in this hobby, period, for authentic, original vintage rhythm & blues window cards – and most other musical genres, too. See all my blogs!

And to lay your eyes upon a few more gems of the same ilk, including a 1954 Johnny Ace poster with Big Mama Thornton as his opening act, just access this page right here on my site with your mouse: http://www.postercentral.com/rhythmnblues.htm

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Cream Concert Poster 1968 Santa Barbara Showgrounds

A vintage 1968 Cream concert poster from the (Earl Warren) Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA on February 24 of that year.

In this video, I demonstrate for you the difference between the first printing, struck before the show to sell tickets, and the many subsequent printings, made to be sold as merchandising items.

I should introduce myself… I’m Pete Howard, the host of this video (and its talking head). I can be reached thru either pete@postercentral.com or by calling (805) 540-0020. Do know that I pay the HIGHEST PRICES IN THE HOBBY, period, for vintage concert posters from the 1960s all the way back to the 1920s even. But my first love as a teenager? Yep… Cream.

If you’d like to see a few other compelling psychedelic concert posters of the 1960s, just tap your mouse over to this page: http://www.postercentral.com/psychedelic.htm

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