Uncommon large format March 1963 issue UK Parlophone Records promotional card, 7.25 x 5, featuring an Angus McBean portrait of the band on the front, signed and inscribed in black ballpoint to their friend Chris Huston, “To Chris, me ould mate, keep going, John Lennon,” “To Chris, all the very best, Paul McCartney,” “To Chris, best wishes from George Harrison,” and “To Chris, Best wishes, Ringo Starr.” Scattered bends and creases (primarily to edges), otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Beatles expert Perry Cox, as well as a letter of provenance from Chris Huston.
Huston was a fellow Liverpudlian guitarist in one of the leading local Merseybeat bands, The Undertakers, who played many shows with the Beatles. He was a friend of the group, and actually installed the Bigsby on John Lennon’s Rickenbacker 325 guitar that he played on the Ed Sullivan Show. Shortly after the Beatles’ new promo card came out Lennon showed it to Huston, who asked them to sign it—thus the warm inscriptions to a friend. In his letter of provenance, Huston describes this as coming from a scrapbook that he kept of autographed photos of the musicians he met while touring, such as Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Tony Sheridan, and Bill Haley. Excellent provenance and association to the early British Merseybeat music scene—a simply superb, fully signed example of the rarer large format Parlophone card. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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