JOHNNY CASH IMPORTANT & RARE 1960 TORONTO, CANADA CONCERT POSTER.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2022 9:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Wednesday, March 16, 2022 9:00:00 PM)
14x22" on thin cardboard. Original window card poster promoting a concert at the "Palace Pier" in "Toronto" Ontario, Canada on "Thur. June 16" 1960. Featuring photo of a grinning Cash clad in a western string colonel bow tie and billed as "The Nation's No. 1 Recording Artist." Text of note "At Last... Coming... In Person/The Fabulous Johnny Cash/With The Tennessee Two/Carl Butler/Gordon Terry/Bill Munroe And The Blue Grass Boys'/And Johnny Western As M.C. Singing Star Of 'Have Gun Will Travel." Moisture stain along bottom edge extending into lower text and creating a waviness to the board, which remains stable. Scattered pin holes and staple holes most notably in corners and at top center. The thin topmost surface area of cream board has been eaten by insects in scattered areas most visible in background behind text "Johnny Cash" and on text "Bill Munroe." This occurrence is not uncommon in our experience and actually brightens up the affected areas. We stress there are no insect holes and that the color areas are unaffected. Otherwise moderate handling wear including a corner crease at bottom right. VG. Almost all of the Cash posters we've encountered from this era are of the 'tour blank' variety w/the same design being used for different dates and locations. This one-off design from Canada is likely unique making it a standout among its peers. An impressive slab of board featuring the iconic country outlaw and pioneering rock 'n roller.
Cash's Canadian connection is an important one- his early promoter and longtime manager Saul Holiff, was based in London, ON. Holiff promoted concerts in Canada and was responsible from bringing such luminaries as Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley And His Comets, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and of course Johnny Cash to the 'Great White North.' Holiff began promoting Cash in 1958 and was almost certainly instrumental in promoting this 1960 show in Toronto just a little over 100 miles from his home in London. By 1961 he was Cash's full-time manager helping guide the star through much of his artistic prime while maintaining offices in London, Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN. He was instrumental in the famous romance between Cash and June Carter pairing the two professionally starting in 1961. His influence on Cash during the critical years of his career is documented in the book "The Man Who Carried Cash" by Julie Chadwick and the documentary film "My Father And The Man In Black" produced by Jonathan Holiff.
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