ALBERT KING Blues Advertisment Promo Card Osceola 1950s
is a really cool original promo coming attractions card announcing Albert King to the Harlem Club in Osceola, Arkansas. He lived and played in Osceola from 1950-1953 and from 1954-1956. The dates were never filled in. Have not taken it from the case, but it looks like it is a heavy stock paper. Card itself measures approx. 4 7/8" x 2 1/4". Great condition. I apologize for the glare from the case.
Below is a quote regarding that period in his life. "Born in Indianola, MS, but raised in Forrest City, AR, Albert King (born Albert Nelson) taught himself how to play guitar when he was a child, building his own instrument out of a cigar box. At first, he played with gospel groups -- most notably the Harmony Kings -- but after hearing Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lonnie Johnson, and several other blues musicians, he solely played the blues. In 1950, he met MC Reeder, who owned the T-99 nightclub in Osceola, AR. King moved to Osceola shortly afterward, joining the T-99's house band, the In the Groove Boys. The band played several local Arkansas gigs besides the T-99, including several shows for a local radio station.
After enjoying success in the Arkansas area, King moved to Gary, IN, in 1953, w he joined a band that also featured Jimmy Reed and John Brim. Both Reed and... read more