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Apollo Theatre 1953 Handbill – Duke Ellington, The Orioles, Billy Ward & the Dominos, Ruth Brown, Five Royales, Willie Mabon

Here’s an extraordinary Apollo Theatre rarity–a handbill from February, 1953 advertising shows by Billy Ward & The Dominos, The Orioles, Duke Ellington with his band and review, Ruth Brown, Gene Ammons, Big Jay McNeely, The Five Royales, Tiny Bradshaw, blues great Willie Mabon and others.  These Jazz, R&B, Doo-Wop and Blues shows must have been incredible.  As this mint condition handbill notes, these were the “World’s Greatest Colored Shows” at “Harlem’s High Spot.”  5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.

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