Ray Charles Cardboard Concert Poster 1950s “Sensational Vocalist-Pianist”

An early, collectible, 1950’s-era Ray Charles window card, advertising a concert of his in Tucson, Arizona in the spring of 1957.

This was actually a “tour blank,” meaning the top half was initially printed as just blank white, and then the promoter of each stop on the tour would print in their own information, oftentimes including ticket prices (like the one here).

This Ray Charles placard is about as good-looking as they get… with its bright pink and yellow colors and fabulous design. And yet no poster artist was ever credited in designing these old things.

It’s always been my hope that a typesetter or graphic artist from the old Globe Poster Corp. would step forward and take some credit, but I’m guessing they’re all deceased by now.

The design of this particular Ray Charles in-person poster was used for about two to four years, which is great for collectors because it gives them (you and I) more of a chance to obtain one, any one.

I’ve video-blogged it before in both red & yellow and in these colors, but with the word “Blind” dropped in after “Sensational.” I may end up blogging every one I come across… I just love this thing.

Notice how this Ray Charles event poster lists half-a-dozen Atlantic Records R&B hit singles on it… that’s hugely positive feature of it.

“Drown In My Own Tears” is especially legendary, so it’s terrific the way that song is boxed off like it is. But all the others were R&B Top 10’s, too.

Another feature of this Ray Charles appearance poster is that it utilizes a very standard publicity photo of Ray that was used for years & years.

As you can see, he’s formally posed at the piano keys, not actively playing. This publicity photo was probably used for a decade or more by his management.

The Shaw Artists Corp. of both New York and Chicago take their share of credit on this Ray Charles tour placard. You can see their information spread out across the whole bottom.

That leaves scant room for Globe Posters to get their credit in there, but squeeze it in they did (lower right).

I didn’t mention yet that this Ray Charles ticket poster was made by Globe on rigid cardboard, so that it could be posted safely outside and not wither in the elements.

It measures the standard 14 by 22 inches, the most common size for these things. (The other standard was 22 by 28.)

The best feature of this vintage Ray Charles street sign is the way his name is portrayed, in huge letters right in the middle, taking up seemingly a third of the poster.

The way his first name and last name are delivered in entirely different, but equally eye-catching, fonts was a typical stoke of design brilliance by the people at Globe.

This Ray Charles pole poster is actually missing a couple of his most recent hits at the time… “Hallelujah I Love Her So” and “Lonely Avenue.” It would’ve been great to see those on there, too.

In fact, his current hit single in March 1957, “Ain’t That Love,” was also headed into the Top 10 of Billboard magazine’s R&B singles chart. But that record came along too late for inclusion here.

That’s one thing about this particular Ray Charles concert advertisement… it was a wee bit out of date. It had been designed the year before, and the song titles hadn’t been updated.

But is anyone complaining? Heavens, with a great-looking visual display like this, I wouldn’t change a thing.

So in summation, this Ray Charles cardboard poster was video-blogged by me, Pete Howard, a long-time music enthusiast and historian. If you need to reach me, drop me a line at pete@postercentral.com or a jingle at 805 area code, then 540-0020. And keep this in mind: I pay the best prices in the hobby, PERIOD, for vintage Ray Charles concert posters such as this.

And to see a few more outstanding examples of old rhythm & blues window cards such as this baby, just slide your mouse over to this page here on my web site:


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Velvet Underground-Warhol 1966 Chrysler Museum Poster – Cape Cod, MA

An original psychedelic concert poster advertising Andy Warhol and his crazy Exploding Plastic Inevitable show, led musically by the Velvet Underground and Nico, taking place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, 1966 at the Chrysler Museum out on the tip of Cape Cod, MA.

Check out the wording on this green, silver and purple window card:

It’s Total Andy Warhol.

The Ex-Ex-Ex-Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

It’s Free (upside down)

It’s Light Sound

It’s Happening

It’s Landing (upside down & backwards)

This Andy Warhol Chrysler Museum poster is enthusiastically discussed by decades-long collector Peter J. Howard. Yes that’s me, and I can be reached at pete@postercentral.com or by calling, on the West Coast, (805) 540-0020. And please remember – I pay TOP DOLLAR IN THE HOBBY, period, for vintage Andy Warhol advertising posters like this.

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Jim Hendrix Window Card 1968 Baton Rouge, LA – Signed by Jimi!

A beautiful, collectible Jimi Hendrix Experience concert poster from Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 30, 1968. As if that wasn’t enough, the guitar god autographed this poster backstage on the day of the show.

The signature has faded with time, but when I pull the poster close in during this video blog, you can clearly see it.

This Jimi Hendrix Baton Rouge poster board is happily lectured about by long-time Jimi fan Pete Howard of central California. That is me, and I can be written to at pete@postercentral.com or reached by telephoning (805) 540.0020. I pay TOP DOLLAR IN THE HOBBY, bar none, for vintage Hendrix show posters like this.

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Beatles Tickets 1965 Shea Stadium NYC – Stubs of Blue & Yellow

A pair of fun, colorful Beatles ticket stubs from the band’s huge, famous concert at Shea Stadium in NYC on Aug. 15, 1965.

In this video I show you both yellow and blue ticket stubs and explain how they’re whole & complete collectibles despite having been torn at the show by the ticket-taker… because the group’s complete photo is still intact on the stub.

The presence of that photo, and the different colors, makes Shea 1965 one of the best Beatles ticket stubs to collect from the whole tour. That, plus the fact it was such a huge, special concert.

These two original Beatles concert tickets stubs are discussed in depth – and with much enthusiasm – by Peter Howard in California. That would be me, and if you have anything like this, please contact me at pete@postercentral.com or by calling (805) 540-0020 (west coast time zone). And please do remember that I pay TOP DOLLAR IN THE HOBBY, period, for Beatles concert tickets and stubs for my collection, if I don’t have them already.

To see a few more rare & collectible concert tickets and stubs, just slide your mouse over to this page right here on my site: http://www.postercentral.com/tickets.htm

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Acid Test Graduation Poster with Ken Kesey, Pranksters, Grateful Dead

A scarce, attractive Day-Glo red event poster advertising the Acid Test Graduation on Oct. 31, 1966 at Winterland in San Francisco.

Acts appearing on this poster include the Grateful Dead, Merry Pranksters, Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, the Caliope Co. and the band AAA – standing for Anonymous Artists of America.

The Acid Test graduation was switched at the last minute from Winterland to an old warehouse in a run-down part of San Francisco, and the Grateful Dead backed out as well, leaving this marvelous poster with a couple of significant inaccuracies.

But it’s still a great collector’s item, and represents the end of an important era in American pop culture.

This Acid Test Graduation poster is enthusiastically discussed by long-time collector (and former Rolling Stone columnist) Pete Howard. I can be reached at pete@postercentral.com or by calling 805.540.0020. And please do keep in mind that I pay TOP DOLLAR IN THE HOBBY, period, for vintage pieces of Acid Test memorabilia such as this.

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