Van Morrison Group 1967 Concert Poster – Solo Career Just Starting

A lovely, psychedelic 1967 Van Morrison poster for a concert bill he was on in the fall of that year in Santa Barbara, California.

The headliner here was Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the bill also featured Clear Light and Blue Cheer.

The most striking thing about this Van Morrison Group placard is the bright, brilliant colors it utilizes.

Besides the black and white which are a given, the colors of red, yellow and pink are resplendent in all their Summer-of-Love glory. (This was posted during the summer of love to sell tickets, but the show occurred one week into the fall.)

It’s pretty apparent that Quicksilver Messenger Service’s name was meant to dominate this 1967 Van Morrison show poster. Their name is contained within the woman’s body at the center of the poster’s artwork.

Blue Cheer and Clear Light, both with an awkward “The” before their names, are found just below the scales of justice off to the right. And then Van’s band is rather large down at the bottom.

“Maron Litho Inc. – Oxnard California” is found at the very bottom center of this Van Morrison Group window display.

That’s significant because, as far as I’ve been able to determine, that credit – and printer’s bug / union logo – appears only on first printings of promoter Jim Salzer’s posters.

Speaking of which, this 1967 Van Morrison appearance poster is but one in a series of dozens that Salzer produced from 1966-into the early ’70s.

Salzer would then reproduce most of the posters and sell them to local retail outlets, including his own Jim Salzer’s Music Emporium. I used to buy records & cassettes there in my youth!

No day of the week is given on this Van Morrison Group concert sign, but we know that it’s 1967 from a number of other obvious clues.

That’s unusual, because posters usually would help inform ticket-buyers by giving the weekday, too, such as “Saturday, Sept. 30” – the day of the week on which this show occurred.

I can’t imagine why the graphic poster artist failed to include their name somewhere on their 1967 Van Morrison street poster. For all my looking, I just can’t find it on there.

Perhaps it’s because they weren’t proud of their art, or maybe because Salzer forbade it at this early stage of his concert series – although I pretty much doubt that.

It’s kinda funny the way “Earl Warren” is not mentioned on this particular Van Morrison Group fence poster… it just says, “Jim Salzer Presents: At the Showgrounds.”

But the Earl Warren Showgrounds would get fully credited on most of Salzer’s posters going forward, including those selling tickets for The Doors, the Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix.

You can sense the obvious influence that San Francisco’s rock art had on this 1967 Van Morrison concert advertisement. Bill Graham’s and the Avalon Ballroom’s posters up north had been part of the Bay Area scene for a little over a year at this point.

And perhaps this poster artist just felt inferior to the famous guys up there, like Stanley Mouse and Wes Wilson, so they didn’t want to add their name to this poster artwork. Pure conjecture on my part, however.

This Van Morrison Group window card is happily presented today by long-time Van the Man fan Pete Howard. If you’d like to contact me, I can be written to via or dialed up on [805] 540.0020. And please always keep in mind that I pay the very best prices in this hobby for fun, original psych concert posters like this.

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Beatles Sgt. Peppers Original Promotional Poster 1967 Capitol Records

An original 1967 Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band promo poster used to create public awareness for the Fab Four’s new album.

Retail outlets such as record stores and department stores would receive these from Capitol and post them as soon as they had the new LPs in their hands to sell.

One obvious omission from the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s in-store promo poster is the record’s suggested list price… which was a new benchmark for LP prices at the time.

Don’t quote me on this, but it might have been $5.98 – perceived as pretty high at the time. I did buy this album myself in 1967 as a young teenager, but I don’t recall what I paid for it.

American Capitol’s Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in-store poster bears no resemblance to British EMI’s version, which was a horizontal poster that pictured the boys in their famous Pepper outfits, and nothing else.

I’ll be blogging that poster here before long, but first I wanted to get up this American version.

You can then be the judge of which Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band retail poster you like better, the British or the American. I have trouble choosing, because they’re so different – and both really cool.

But they’re equally scarce and collectible. Not too many of these were made back in the spring of 1967, and only a small percentage of them were preserved after the LP had run its course.

One drawback for collectors of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s in-store merchandising poster is that most copies, now about half-a-century old, have a ton of little surface creases on them.

They’re often hidden in the white area of the poster, but very visible on, say, the black vinyl you see at the top. So it’s tough to find this thing in mint condition without all those little distracting creases.

The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band poster I show you in this video is framed. High-quality framing is a great way to preserve old artifacts and also show them off to everyone.

There’s a possible danger, however: if the piece is exposed to direct sunlight or florescent lighting for an extended period of time, then fading can set in and seriously damage the poster. Yes, I’ve seen an example of this one faded.

This particular Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band point-of-purchase poster is often found with pinholes in the corners or even tape residue, leftover from the record stores hanging them.

We have to remember, however, that record stores were not ubiquitous in the 1960s, like they would become in the 1970s-80s. So it was often department stores which sold records, and in turn used posters like this.

It’s fun to realize that both Bob Dylan and Dion DiMucci appear on the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s record-store promo poster. Yep, that’s right, they’re both part of the LP’s famous cover montage.

And the Rolling Stones are on this poster, too, although not pictured like Dylan and Dion… they’re just mentioned in words on a cloth doll in the cover’s lower right area.

One thing this Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in-store promotional poster has going for it is clarity of message. The album’s name is stated very clearly and prominently, and all of its selling points are highlighted in those yellow slug lines on the right.

It’s definitely a window display meant to sell… and that’s exactly what appeals to collectors today. The naïvete of thinking someone had to actually sell the public on a new Beatles album… is crazy, in retrospect!

So Capitol’s Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s store poster was definitely more than just window dressing or eye candy… it gave lots of information about what consumers were getting.

If you’ve seen my other blogs, many Beatles promo posters did little more than just picture the LP cover and say something obvious like, “In stock now!”

Let’s take a look at the five yellow oblong selling points on Capitol’s Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in-store point of purchase poster. For starters, it’s kinda funny how every one ends in an exclamation point.

“The Greatest Ever!” proclaims the first one. Must’ve seemed like hype at the time, but wow, in retrospect, we’re kinda like, “How did they know?”

The second yellow oblong on this 1967 Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band record-store promotional poster simply says, “13 New Beatles Songs!” I’m sure the emphasis here must have been on “new,” not the number 13. In other words: an all-new album.

Don’t forget that this was the very first time both the British and American versions of a Fab Four record had the exact same number of tracks… prior to this, their UK albums always had more cuts.

The third yellow oval found on the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s promotional poster says, “Giant Beatles Portrait!” Well that’s cool, but all they were referring to was the inside gatefold photograph when you opened up the LP jacket.

Still, it was a bit of a selling point because almost all rock albums up to that point came in simply single record jackets, not elaborate fold-open affairs like this.

The fourth oblong gracing this 1967 Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s merchandising poster says, “Complete Printed Lyrics!” That would be obvious to anyone who picked up the LP in the store; they were printed right on the back of the jacket.

Still, that’s yet another feature which elicits a yawn today, but back in 1967, it was highly unusual for a rock album to present all the lyrics like that.

And then finally, the last yellow oblong on this Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s record-store poster informs, “7 Great Sgt. Pepper Cutouts!”

A lot of people didn’t care about these at all, but they were definitely perceived as added-value back in the day, because again… what other rock LP offered those?

This Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s record-store merchandising poster was happily discussed, narrated and dissected for you by me, Pete Howard, a lifelong Beatles fan since 1964. Please know that I would pay you THE BEST PRICE IN THE HOBBY, PERIOD, for one of these posters… I was video-taping a friend’s copy. I can be written to at, or by calling [805] 540-0020.

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N.Y. Rock Festival Handbill 1968 – Doors, Who, Hendrix at Singer Bowl

A lovely 8.5 x 11-inch 1968 N.Y. Rock Festival concert flyer featuring The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Rascals at the Singer Bowl in Queens, New York.

As an added, hidden attraction, Big Brother & The Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin, opened the show for Hendrix, along with the Chambers Brothers. Wow, what a talent line-up!

To see more amazing, collectible rock concert flyers from the fifties and sixties, just roll your mouse over to this page right here on my Web site:

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Tommy Dorsey Concert Window Card 1940s w/His Trombone & Orchestra

A really lovely 1940s Tommy Dorsey concert poster from when Frank Sinatra was a singer is his orchestra, and touring with him.

Sinatra’s name does not appear on the poster, however, leaving open the debate, “Is this an early Sinatra concert poster, or not?” I discuss that a bit in this video.

But regardless, this Tommy Dorsey window card is great in its own right, as Tommy was a major figure in 1940s big-band music, both with and without his brother Jimmy.

So eventually, I will blog for you a Dorsey Brothers window card, and in addition to this one, also a Jimmy Dorsey concert poster. I’ll do ’em all!

But back to this Tommy Dorsey placard… being almost 75 years old at the time of this blog, it’s becoming quite brittle and fragile.

That’s why I keep it, and all my old posters, in acid-free art holders until I decide whether to frame them or not.

Can you believe the admission price on this Tommy Dorsey tour poster was only $1.00? That’s a real highlight for me… even non-collectors gasp at that.

And the “Dancing 9-1” is so simple and direct, with no fluff… the promoter obviously liked to keep his ‘venue information’ as succinct and clean as possible.

The George F. Johnson Pavilion – plugged at the top of this Tommy Dorsey concert sign – was in Johnson City, New York (which is also explained up in the venue info).

All locals knew it, but for you and me, Johnson City was a suburb (more or less) of Binghamton, NY, in the south-central part of the state.

This Tommy Dorsey broadside was constructed of thick cardboard – printer unknown – and has dimensions of 14” by 22”, a typical size.

It used to have a bright white background, but either the sun or florescent indoor lights faded, or “toned,” its look over the years. No matter, I don’t believe the toning harms its appearance.

As you’ll hear in my video, this Tommy Dorsey street poster was a ‘tour blank’ that was used by his management for many years to sell tickets.

Tommy’s picture adorns it, which was actually a new development at the time; up until the late 1930s, artistic renditions of musicians’ faces were used.

Notice how this Tommy Dorsey window display calls him “The Sentimental Gentleman”… his moniker at the time, but curiously incomplete.

Other versions of this poster, which I show you in my video, have his more complete nickname… “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing.”

And the management company takes a high-profile credit on my Tommy Dorsey show placard. It basically comes above everything else on the poster’s permanent (red) information… right up at the top.

They’re credited as “MCA,” and then in tiny letters – too small to see in my video – “Music Corporation of America.” Decades later, MCA Records would become an important record label with artists like Neil Diamond and Elton John.

It’s interesting how this Tommy Dorsey window poster doesn’t list any other musicians, but instead describes the legendary bandleader’s instrumentation… “His Trombone and his Orchestra.”

That’s because his management wanted to use this tour-blank poster template for years, and individual band members came and went in revolving-door fashion. Buddy Rich was a member of his band at this time, too.

The neophyte will point out how this Tommy Dorsey telephone-pole poster lacks a year on it… it just says, “Easter Monday, April 14.” Some might say, “Well, what the heck?”

But remember, this thing was made to last only a few weeks, and then be thrown away. It was probably printed in Feb or early March, and then was useless from tax day (April 15)-onwards.

This exact Tommy Dorsey street sign was printed in other colors besides red… green, and also orange, and probably others I haven’t seen yet.

And it wasn’t just one year at a time… sometimes a different color was used on successive nights. It’s crazy. (I show you pictures.)

And since this style was used for at least five years running and maybe closer to 10, it’s not that hard to find an original Tommy Dorsey boxer style concert poster, if you’re patient.

I’ve seen this exact poster as early as the mid-1930s and as late as the mid-1940s, with only slight variations. I find it great fun to keep track of them with pictures in my photo albums.

So this Tommy Dorsey concert advertisement is definitely a collector’s item, but it’s not nearly the challenge to find as something like a Billie Holiday concert poster, of which there are virtually no tour blanks known.

But there seem to be a lot of vintage concert window cards for the white big-band leaders like Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, the Dorseys, Glenn Miller and so forth. They’re not common, but they’re not screamingly rare, either.

My name is Pete Howard, and if you’d like to contact me I can be reached quickest through either or by calling (805) 540-0020, West Coast time. Keep in mind that I pay the best prices in the hobby, period, for vintage big-band concert boards like this, from almost any musician.

And to see another version of this Tommy Dorsey fence poster, plus some others like Goodman and MIller, just pop right over to this page here on my site:

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Rolling Stones 1964 Concert Poster – Second U.S. Tour – “Direct From England”

An outstanding early Rolling Stones window card from the band’s second American tour in the fall of 1964.

This gem dates from November 14, ’64, and advertised two shows to be played that night in Louisville, KY.

This Rolling Stones show poster was printed by the Murray Poster Printing Company of New York, NY.

But you can’t tell by looking at the poster itself… their credit was trimmed off (actually, in half) down in the lower left margin. Oops! Some early owner probably did that to fit it into a frame.

This Rolling Stones in-person poster is actually of the “tour blank” variety, where the color portion is printed ahead of time by the thousands. Then each tour stop would get its own personal information printed in the blank white box at the bottom.

Thus, we can assume that this poster was probably made up for every stop on the tour, meaning:

Rolling Stones window card Academy of Music, New York, NY, Oct. 24, 1964; Rolling Stones window card Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA, Oct. 26, 1964; Rolling Stones window card Tami Show, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 28-29, 1964; Rolling Stones window card Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA, Oct. 31, 1964;

Rolling Stones window card Civic Auditorium, Long Beach Arena, CA, Nov. 1, 1964; Rolling Stones window card Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, Nov. 1, 1964; Rolling Stones window card Cleveland, OH, Nov. 3, 1964; Rolling Stones window card Loews Theater, Providence, RI, Nov. 4, 1964;

Rolling Stones window card Milwaukee Auditorium, WI, Nov. 11, 1964; Rolling Stones window card Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN, Nov. 12, 1964; Rolling Stones window card Hara Arena, Dayton, OH, Nov. 13, 1964; Rolling Stones window card Memorial Auditorium, Louisville, KY, Nov. 14, 1964; and Rolling Stones window card Arie Crown Theater, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, Nov. 15, 1964.

One of the fun highlights of this Rolling Stones billboard is the fact that it carries two photos of the new sensations. Both are standard publicity stills, but hey, you’ve got 10 Stones faces staring back at you on a relatively small poster… it’s very effective.

And notice how it says “Direct From England” at the top… they wanted to be sure you knew it was a British Invasion group!

This Rolling Stones concert placard measures the very standard 14 by 22 inches, and was made of cardboard material rather than paper. It was simply more durable that way.

With red and blue inks added to the white cardboard and standard black printing, you wind up with a very effective four-color advertisement… very eye-catching.

Plus notice how all of the borders on this Rolling Stones window poster are curved or jagged… no standard square boxes or rectangles for this renegade band from across the pond.

I like the way is says both “In Person” and “In Concert”… a little redundant, perhaps, but really drives home the point that the five young men were going to be in your home town.

Actually, on this occasion, the Rolling Stones telephone-pole poster was slightly inaccurate… there were only four Stones playing the gig in Louisville. Brian Jones was ill and missed the shows.

And it wasn’t the only shows he missed, either… Brian had to sit out their concerts in Milwaukee, Ft. Wayne and Dayton as well. Man, that was quite a bug he caught. I would’ve been bummed if Brian wasn’t on stage at a show I was catching!

It’s kind of unusual how this Rolling Stones tour placard gives the year (1964) as part of the date. Usually these old posters didn’t; there was no reason to.

That’s because the poster was probably printed up in September or October, and then was completely worthless on November 15th… the day after the show. So its entire intended lifespan was only something like 10 weeks or less.

I love the ticket-buying locations that are given on this Rolling Stones concert sign. Two Variety record stores (including downtown Louisville) and the Vine Record Shop. So quaint, and so refreshing compared to today’s Internet bar-code tickets.

But interestingly, no ticket prices are listed. Other posters from this tour do give some prices, usually starting at $2.50 and ranging up to $5.00 or a little more. Today a bottle of water at a rock concert costs that much!

This Rolling Stones boxing-style concert poster was the first tour blank poster ever used for them in America. They didn’t use one for their brief first U.S. tour in June of ’64 (see my other video blog).

And in 1965, the Stones also used a tour blank for the fourth (fall) American tour, but not for their third (spring) tour. And for their only American tour of ’66, they also didn’t use a tour blank.

I’ve seen this exact Rolling Stones fence poster from about five other dates on their second American tour; if you know of another copy, from any city, I’d love it if you could send me a photo so that I can complete my picture set of every date.

But as I said earlier, it’s quite possible that it wasn’t made for some of the stops on the tour, because radio and newspapers were competing for those ad dollars.

And on that note, this Rolling Stones poster board is presented today by collector Pete Howard, who speaks in the video. That would be me, yes, and I can be reached by E at or by phone at [805] 540.0020. And do be aware that I would pay THE BEST PRICE, BAR NONE for this particular Stones concert poster from any date along the tour… I presently don’t have one in my collection!

And to glimpse a few other ’60s Rolling Stones concert posters, be sure to stop by this exact page of my web site (which you’re on right now):

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