A black vinyl record with a red label at its center filled with silver text. Above the record's center is the record label logo, an illustrated peacock perched on the "c" in "Peacock" of the text [Peacock RECORDS]. Beneath the record's center it lists the song title and its production information; one side reads [HOUND DOG / (J. Leiber - M. Stroller - J. Otis) / WILLIE MAE / "Big Mama" THORNTON / Kansas City Bill & Orchestra]. The other side reads [Night Mare (J. Leiber - M. Stroller - J. Otis) / WILLIE MAE / "Big Mama" THORNTON / Kansas City Bill & Orchestra]. Text aligned with the arc beneath the song title reads [PEACOCK RECORDING CO. 4104 LYONS AVE. HOUSTON, TEXAS].
A poster advertising a performance of The Four Ink Spots plus the N.B.C. Orchestra in Northfield, Vermont at the Norwich University Armory on May 3rd. The poster has black writing at the top that gives information about the event. The center of the poster contains large lettering that reads: The Four Ink Spots and a black and white photograph of the group. Text at the bottom gives additional information about the performance as well as the name of the management company sponsoring the group. The back of the poster is blank.
A typed letter dated December 3, 1962 on State of Louisiana letterhead from Jimmie Davis, the governor of Louisiana, to Charles Sullivan of Sullivan's Enterprises regarding Ray Charles' version of the song "You are My Sunshine".
This pair of men's burgundy and tan leather loafers, left shoe (2013.59.3a) and right shoe (2013.59.3b), were worn by Fats Domino. The uppers of the shoes are made from leather, with the wingtip toe caps, heel counters, a panel over the tongue, and the trim around the foot opening all in burgundy. The rest of the uppers and the tongues are cream leather. A decorative design is punched into the burgundy leather at the center of each toe cap and along the edges of the wingtip and the counter. A piece of wide brown elastic is sewn behind each tongue for an adjustable fit. The shoes have leather soles and stacked wooden heels that are painted black with a black rubber heel cap. The Pierre Cardin logo and name are incised onto the heel caps. A square metal "p" logo is attached at the outer side of only the right heel. The insides of the shoes are lined in light brown leather, including the inner soles. A blue label with cream text having the "p" logo at the left reads: "pierre cardin / PARIS / MADE IN SPAIN". The style and size are stamped in black ink on the interior proper left side of each shoe.
2015.212a: An electric bass guitar used by Robert “Kool” Bell of Kool and the Gang. The bass guitar is made of light colored wood and has brass tuning pegs. It has two pickups in black. The strings are attached to an oval shaped metal tailpiece with four smaller tuners. The bass also has four volume and tone controls on the left side of the lower front body. Two switches for pick-ups are also on the lower left side of the front body. On the headstock is gold inlay with the bass name running vertically down the center that reads “O / A / S / I / S.” The top of the headstock has an inlaid gold design. Imprinted into the wood on the back of the headstock at the top is “37 57 / USA.” On the back of the body on the lower left side is an oval-shaped black electronics cavity plate. Also on the back at the top near of the neck is a strap button.
Black vest with gold decoration and fringe worn by LaMonte McLemore of The 5th Dimension. The collarless black vest has a straight hem with squared front opening edges and oversized armholes. It is made of a black polyester-cotton blend fabric that is decorated with gold woven tape in a looped design around the neck, front sides, hem, and armholes. There are four (4) gold bead and sequin appliques of stylized flowers sewn on the fronts, two (2) on each side, with the top two facing upward and the bottom two facing downward. Beaded gold fringe is sewn at both shoulder seams with black velvet tape covering it in the middle along the seam. Fifty-five (55) lengths of gold woven tape in an open design are sewn all along the hem of the vest to make fringe approximately twenty (20) inches long. Each piece of fringe is hemmed with tightly woven gold tape. The vest is lined with black synthetic fiber. There is a black fabric label at the interior back neck with gray machine-embroidered text reading "LE DOUX ROAD / of Beverly Hills".