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Beatles Brian Epstein Signed "Modern French Music" LP John Lennon Paul McCartney George Harrison Ringo Starr Autograph
This album is titled "Modern French Music" by the Concert Arts Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Golschmann. It has been signed on the front cover by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Brian Epstein in black ballpoint or biro pen. The signatures were obtained in August 1965 by Cicely Steinberg, with the help of the doorman, at the Warwick Hotel in New York while the Beatles were playing their first Shea Stadium engagement. Cicely Steinberg grew up on Broadway from the early 1950's onward. She would acquire the most inexpensive records possible at the Colony Records store on Broadway. She would then roam the Broadway theater district and nearby hotels, obtaining the signatures of whatever celebrities she would encounter. As was often the case with such slick album covers, the pen did not take well to the cover. There is much pen skipping particularly with George and Ringo's signatures. They can be seen much better if viewed at the proper angle, which is what I attempted with the inset photo. They are otherwise very nice examples of their respective autographs, particularly Brian Epstein's. Paul added "Beatles" before his signature. This album was released in 1954 on Capitol Records, of course being the label the Beatles' US albums were released on. The cover shows some signs of wear and age. The top seam shows some splitting, and the front cover has come unglued to the back cover along most of the bottom edge. The vinyl record, with the familiar Capitol rainbow band label, is in excellent shape. The original paper inner sleeve is included. A portion of the front cover paper is missing in the upper right corner. Very rare to have Brian Epstein signed with all four Beatles.