De Montfort Hall, Leicester November 1969 concert flyer
Original first printing concert flyer advertising the “American Folk, Blues & Gospel Festival” staged at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester [England] on Sunday, 2nd November, 1969, presented by Arthur Kimbrell by arrangement with Harold Davison. Performing artists included Albert King (1923—1992), John Lee Hooker (1917—2001), Otis Spann (1930—1970), Champion Jack Dupree (1910—1992), and The Stars of Faith. About six months after this tour, the great Otis Spann died of liver cancer in Chicago. Considered to be the leading postwar Chicago blues pianist, Spann was buried in Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois. His grave was unmarked for almost thirty years, until blues enthusiasts from around the world sent donations to purchase a headstone. On 6th June, 1999, the marker was unveiled in a private ceremony. The stone is inscribed, “Otis played the deepest blues we ever heard – He’ll play forever in our hearts”. He was posthumously elected to the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980.
The flyer measures 15.6 x 23.3 cm and is printed in red and black inks on thin, matte-coated paper stock. Complete with the original postal booking form still intact. There is a pin hole to each corner and a punch hole to the top left corner. Else in excellent unfolded condition. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have concerning this item. Additional images of the flyer available on request.
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