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Beatles Concert Poster 1966 Cleveland - An authentic, vintage Beatles window card for their Aug. 14, 1966 concert in Cleveland, Ohio. This Beatles Cleveland appearance poster measures 14.5 x 20 inches, a little bit smaller than the standard size of the day. A lot of people feel the early Beatles look better in black & white -- witness the B&W movie "A Hard Day's Night" -- so it's actually a benefit that this Beatles Cleveland placard is in black & white as well. I love the way the words "Live -- In Person" appear right below John Lennon's face on this Beatles Cleveland show poster. A local printing company, Jontzen, made this Beatles Cleveland telephone pole poster. And they probably designed it working with the local promoter. The photograph of the Fab Four that you see in the middle of this Beatles Cleveland window display was used throughout their 1966 North American tour; it was their standard publicity still that year. It's interesting to note that supposedly, this Beatles Cleveland boxing style concert poster could not be randomly posted around town... based on its wording, it had to be posted only at locations where tickets were actually sold. That's why this Beatles Cleveland concert placard gives no ticket locations... it doesn't have to, they're on sale "here"! This is a highly unusual aspect of this poster, and severely limited the number of places where it could be posted. That said, the ticket PRICES are printed in a very large font on this Beatles Cleveland billboard. They're in the largest letters on the poster, other than the two "Beatles" lines. That's also highly unusual. The promoter or printer must've been a little embarrassed when it was eventually pointed out that rock band The Cyrkle were misspelled "Cyrcle" on this Beatles Cleveland poster. And they had a big hit record at the time, they weren't unknowns! At least this Beatles Cleveland broadside got the spelling correct for The Ronettes and The Remains. (smile) Notice that "All Seats Reserved" is clearly stated on this Beatles Cleveland show placard. Although there was plenty of room for it, because the Fabs were surrounded by a large grassy field, it would've been a disaster to sell GA tickets. One of the reasons The Ronettes are present on this Beatles Cleveland in person poster is that the girl group had actually met the Liverpool lads in England before they ever came to America... in January 1964. It's too bad only "The Remains" are advertised on this Beatles Cleveland sign, because they were often called Barry and The Remains, and group leader Barry Tashian wrote a book about opening for the Fab Four on this very tour. But if you think Barry Tashian was shortchanged, how about Bobby Hebb? He's not even mentioned on the Beatles Cleveland tour placard, and yet he was one of the "Other Exciting Acts." All he had was the #2 record in the USA at the time, "Sunny"! Applying a little logic, however, Bobby Hebb was probably just a last-minute booking, explaining his omission from the Beatles Cleveland event poster. This was only the third date of the tour. It's significant that "Rain or Shine" is stated so clearly on this Beatles Cleveland concert announcement. It's the ONLY American Beatles concert poster to ever say that. Perhaps the promoters in Cincinnati wish they had done the same... their show a week later, on August 20, had to be postponed to the next afternoon due to heavy rainfall. The last words mentioned on this Beatles Cleveland tour poster are "Don't Miss this Historic Show!" What nobody knew at the time could have been phrased as, "This is the last tour ever by the greatest act in entertainment history!" If you ever see a Beatles ticket poster with a proclamation like that, it's phony. I've seen lots of counterfeit Candlestick Park posters which say, "Their last show ever!" But nobody outside of the Beatles knew that fact at the time. People assume the Fabs always sold out their shows, but not so in 1966. The only reason this Beatles Cleveland street sign was made was to help the promoter sell tickets, period. Back then it was either newspaper ads, radio announcements or concert posters to get the word out. That's why there were only three Beatles concert posters made for their first two U.S. tours, in total, but this Beatles Cleveland fence poster is one of FIVE that was made for their slower-selling 1966 trek. Since it was made to sell tickets and then be thrown away after the event, this Beatles Cleveland advertisement is quite a collector's item that's very suitable for framing. This Beatles Cleveland street poster is displayed, dissected and discussed by long-time collector Pete Howard, who can be reached by email at or phoned at (805)-540-0020. To see a few more rare Beatles concert posters, take a gander at this page on my Web site:
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