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This is BG-178, a poster and postcard created for a series of shows during one week in June of 1969 at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. It's noteworthy for a bunch a of reasons.

First, this was artist David Singer's first image for Bill Graham. Singer went on to create 60+more images for Graham concerts, including the famous Tumbling Dice poster for the Rolling Stones's 1972 Winterland shows (Stevie Wonder opened).

Second, look at the list of acts! On June 17, 18, and 19, A.B Skhy with the great Howard Wales behind the Hammond B3 opened, followed by Woody-freakin'-Herman and his Orchestra. The Who headlined. "Tommy" had been released a month before, so guess what they were playing on that tour?

That's what was happening at the corner of Van Ness and Market on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Friday June 20, Santana was the headliner, with support from The Impressions and Blues Image. On Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22, Ike and Tina Tuner topped the bill. Not a bad week of music.

Third, this copy of the postcard is signed by Singer.

I like the calendar on the back, especially the announcement about the summer basketball game schedule, and it looks like B.B. King played the Fillmore West two weeks in a row in July.

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