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B.B. King, 1976 Contract (signed by B.B. King), contract rider (signed by B.B. King), related letter and receipts for payment.
Offered here is a great historical lot of 6 documents pertaining to a concert performance by blues legend B. B. King that took place on March 19, 1977 at Shea's Buffalo Theater in Buffalo, NY.
The first document is the signed contract for the event. Dated July 30, 1976, it is signed by B. B. King and Festival East Concerts representative Jerry Nathan.
Below is the contract rider, also signed by Mr. King :
Below is a letter to Jerry Nathan from Stu Weintraub of Associated Booking Corp confirming two concert dates by Mr. King, including the show in question:
Below are three cashier's check receipts for payments made to Associated Booking on behalf of B.B. King from Festival East. Bobby Bland is mentioned in the payment records as well.
All of the documents are in very good condition, showing normal wear and original staple holes. The contract, rider and letter measure 8.5 x 11" each, and the receipts measure 8.5 x 7" each.
From the All Music Guide:
Universally hailed as the reigning king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King is without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half century. A contemporary blues guitar solo without at least a couple of recognizable King-inspired bent notes is all but unimaginable, and he remains a supremely confident singer capable of wringing every nuance from any lyric (and he's tried his hand at many an unlikely song, anybody recall his version of "Love Me Tender?").
Yet B.B. King remains an intrinsically humble superstar, an utterly accessible icon who welcomes visitors into his dressing room with self-effacing graciousness. Between 1951 and 1985, King notched an amazing 74 entries on Billboard's R&B charts, and he was one of the few full-fledged blues artists to score a major pop hit when his 1970 smash "The Thrill Is Gone" crossed over to mainstream success (engendering memorable appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand).
The seeds of King's enduring talent were sown deep in the blues-rich Mississippi Delta. That's where Riley B. King was sired, in Itta Bena, to be exact. By no means was his childhood easy. Young King was shuttled between his mother's home and his grandmother's residence. The youth put in long days working as a sharecropper and devoutly sang the Lord's praises at church before moving to Indianola -- another town located in the very heart of the Delta -- in 1943.
Country and gospel music left an indelible impression on King's musical mindset as he matured, along with the styles of blues greats T-Bone Walker and Lonnie Johnson and jazz geniuses Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt.