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CURTIS KNIGHT (& THE SQUIRES)


Pictures

 

Publicity pictures
The publicity pictures of Curtis Knight & the Squires were taken by Maurice Seymour. The studio "Maurice Seymour" originally consisted of two brothers, Moise and Simche Zeldman 1. The brothers moved to the USA from Russia in 1920 5 and adopted the first names Maurice and Seymour. They originally worked in Chicago but on the 3rd of August 1953 4 Seymour Zeldman opened a studio in New York City at 1619 Broadway, The Brill Building, and from then on both brothers worked under the name "Maurice Seymour". The pictures taken in different cities can be indentified by the signatures, under the name "Maurice Seymour" either "Chicago" or "NY" / "New York" can be found in small print 3.

The pictures of Curtis Knight & the Squires were taken in New York City by Maurice Seymour (aka Seymour Zeldman aka Simche Zeldman) at his studio in the Brill Building at 1619 Broadway. Unfortunately "most, if not all" (according to Ron Seymour) of the New York City negatives have been lost so the Squires negatives are unlikely to exist any longer 2.

I'm aware of three shots, one group shot of the Squires together, a portrait of Nate Edmonds and a portrait of Curtis Knight:

The groupshot
Probably taken in late 1965. Available from Getty Images in several differently cropped versions. The Getty Images print does not have a visible "Maurice Seymour" -credit but there's another print in existence that does have it.
With: Jimi Hendrix, Marion Booker (back), Curtis Knight (front), Ace Hall
The most complete version comes with a title "CURTIS KNIGHT and the SQUIRES" under the picture and contact info in smaller print:

Personal Management:
Ed Chalpin
PPX Enterprises
N.Y.C. CI 7-6010

The Nate Edmonds portrait:
The exact date of the Nate Edmonds (keyboard player with the Squires) photo is unknown. Photo courtesy of Sharon Soul & Nate Edmonds Jr.
Titled "NATE EDMONDS" under the picture with contact info next to it smaller print:

Direction
KA-COLE ENTERPRISES
1674 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10019
Phone 2?? 2326 - 2?5-95?4

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The Curtis Knight portrait:

The portrait of Curtis Knight is dated 1963 on the Curtis Knight Foundation -website. As this is a solo Knight picture with a RSVP-label credit it most likely was taken close to the date that he signed with RSVP, the first two releases on the label being credited solely to Curtis Knight and only the 3rd single to Curtis Knight & the Squires. So a 1963 (or 1964) date seems likely. The picture has the title "CURTIS KNIGHT" under it and the following contact info:

Personal Mgt.
BETTY SPERBER
(516) 536-7887
?? NY

Maurice Seymour picture links:
Ron Seymour's website has a selection of Maurice Seymour photographs
Chicago Photography Collective sells prints
Google's image search

 

SOURCES:
1 Ted Seymour blog: http://explorationsoftruth.com/2009/08/things-weve-handed-down-family-roots/
2 emails from Ron Seymour 30 september 2012
3 general info from various sources:
- http://www.picturedujour.com/2009/05/07/maurice-seymour-pt-3-the-plot-thickens/1437
- http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1993-10-09/news/9310090166_1_mr-seymour-advertising-photographer-performers
4 ads in Billboard magazine issue 1 August 1953:
- page 4: "Maurice Seymour of Chicago announces the opening of his New York Studio at 1619 Broadway on August 3rd. For Appointments phone: PL 7-1527"
- page 7: "James J. Kriegsmann N.Y. welcomes to new york the dean of theatrical photography, maurice seymour of chicago, on the occasion of the opening of his new york studio."
- email from Sydney Seymour Fingold 5 october 2012
5 email from Ted Seymour 4 october 2012

CURTIS KNIGHT (& THE SQUIRES)

Interviews - Mike Rashkow
This isn't really an interview. Mike Rashkow worked as an engineer at Studio 76 in 1966, and while I did call him 16 February 2005 I didn't have the opportunity to tape the conversation, and Mr. Rashkow said that everything he knows about Studio 76 and Ed Chalpin was already in the article that he wrote for Spectropop, so we settled for a rather nice general chat. While it's not entirely true that he had nothing to add (he did give me some valuable info during the call, included at relevant spots elsewhere on the site) the article he wrote is extensive, and better yet fun to read. So follow this link:
http://www.spectropop.com/SamChalpin/

Mike Rashkow says he never met Hendrix, he worked at Studio 76 for about 6 months, and this would seem to have been just before or right after (more likely) the period that Hendrix recorded there. Studio 76 personnel at the time included Rashkow, a tech guy taking care of the equipment ("George"), a secretary and at night Chalpin leased the studio for sessions to Latin producer Vincent Cartagena.