THE CHEERFUL MR. GOODMAN / THE ELUSIVE MR. McKINNEY

The Columbia Records studio, August 6, 1946: Mitchell Ayres, Benny, guitarist Mike Bryan. 

A poster for McKinney’s Cotton Pickers — appearing at a “Roseland” on the Merrimack, autographed to “Bob Page” by William McKinney.  The perpetual calendar tells me that Friday, May 25, would have occurred in 1928 or 1934.  Hard to tell more from the poster, except for the violently stereotypical drawings below.

 

And a detail of the autograph:

eBay, of course.  Where else?

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3 responses to “THE CHEERFUL MR. GOODMAN / THE ELUSIVE MR. McKINNEY

  1. Starting bid for the McKinney’s Cotton Pickers poster at US $1,000. Brother, can you spare a few dimes?

    Regards,
    Agustín

  2. 1. Once I built a railroad . . . but eBay sellers often have wildly inflated ideas of the market value of their wares. True, this is the first autographed poster of MKCP I’ve ever seen . . . but McKinney’s name doesn’t do quite so much for me.
    2. The funny thing, of course, is that a rather garish poster reproduction advertising a 1933 dance with Duke and the Cotton Pickers is everywhere online: I think I paid ten dollars for mine.

    Thanks for reading so faithfully and with such cogent amusement! Michael

  3. Paul Lindemeyer

    $1,000 for something like this doesn’t surprise me. Any big band poster is worth something, simply because so few come to the market. They were probably the property of the booking agencies to destroy – same as with old movie posters.

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