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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

1950 Billy Eckstine & George Shearing In Souvenir Concert Program Booklet

Billy Eckstine & George Shearing In Concert
Program Published by Schurgin Associates, Detroit, Michigan

From Billboard - November 18, 1950: The Billy Eckstine concert tour, which features the George Shearing Quintet, will wind up with a flourish over the week-end, playing to sellout houses in a pair of presentations in Carnegie Hall here today (11) and in Uline Arena in Washington tomorrow (12).

The concerts should gross between $35,000 and $40,000 it is estimated. Carnegie is scaled to $9,062 for each show, with tickets running between $4.80 and $2, and by Friday evening (10) the house was 95 per cent sold out for the combined concerts. Preparations were being made for stage seating of some 250 persons per show as well as standees.

The Washington concert is close to sold out. Uline Arena has been scaled to gross about $20,000 at capacity. The combined potential grosses will bring Eckstine-Shearing concert tour gross figures (The Billboard, November 4) to over $270,000.

The Eckstine-Shearing tour was booked by Shaw Artists Corporation, which split commissions with represents the crooner. Dates were sold at between $2,500 and $3,000 per night depending on the day of the week and capacity of hall for the 37 play dates, against 50 per cent of the gross.

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