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JAMES BOOKER!<br>Incredibly rare signed LP jacket for "Classified!"<br>Signed in the year of his death.

James Booker's stature as the greatest R&B pianist of all time came too late, while he was alive no one paid much attention to him and he was regarded as an able but eccentric studio side man.

Since his death, many "lost" recordings of Booker's solo work have surfaced displaying his surreal ability on the piano and organ, combining jazz classical and blues simultaneoulsly at times and seeming to be playing with a third (and sometimes fourth!) hand on many of these incredible recordings.

Unfortunately, autographs of Booker are quite rare since he wasn't generally considered a star while he was alive and not many people thought to ask for his autograph.

This signed album jacket (record NOT included, but shouldn't be too hard to find) is the only authentic James Booker autograph I have ever come across. Booker has signed it with typical oddness, "Thank you very much, James Booker. 1982 is now my cab 441"

What the meaning of these words is can be interpreted at your own risk, but I do know that Booker traveled mainly by taxi cab and that he was very superstitious. Perhaps "cab 441" was his lucky cab and he was showing some optimism for the future in the inscription. Understandable since he was just beginning to get some attention with this his first released studio LP in 1982 ("Classified"). Unfortunately, 1982 was also the year of his death.

A rare opportunity for the army of Booker fans that have been emerging in recent years.

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