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Guide to the Charles E. Banks Papers
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Biographical material 1956-1975

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes various diplomas, business cards and Banks' Parks Air Force yearbook.

Arrangement

Arranged by format and date thereafter.
 

Diplomas

Box 1:1

Taylorville High School diploma 1956-06-05

Box 1:1

Department of the Air Force certificate of training 1959-08-10

Box 1:1

Bachelor of Arts, California State University, Hayward 1975-08-29

 

The Grass Busters

Box 1:2

The Grass Busters business card undated

Box 1:2

The Grass Busters gardeners flyer undated

 

Park Air Force yearbook

Box 1:3

Parks Air Force Base yearbook 1955

 

Blues career circa 1980s-2000

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes concert flyers, posters, and programs, song lists, club advertisements, entertainment calendars, and assorted printed material documenting Charles Banks' career as a blues previous hit musician next hit .

Arrangement

Arranged by format and date thereafter.
 

Band member biographies

Box 1:4

Blues on Tap [two copies] undated

Box 1:4

Charles Banks undated

Box 1:4

Carl “Good Rockin” Robinson undated

Box 1:4

Chris “Trap” Daniels undated

Box 1:4

Bernard Anderson undated

 

Calendars

Box 1:5

Rhythm Rockers’ outside performance dates 1986

Box 1:5

Charles “Lover Boy” Banks and Blues on Tap performance calendars circa 1980s

Box 1:5

Eli’s Mile High Club entertainment calendars 1987-1988

Box 1:5

Your Place Too entertainment calendars circa 1980s

 

Discographies and song lists

Box 1:6

Handwritten discography undated

Box 1:6

Song lists undated

 

Flyers and posters

Box 1:7

Three day grand opening Your Place Too featuring Lowell Fulsom and Blues on Tap circa 1980s

Box 1:7

Blues on Tap promotional flyers circa 1980s

Box 1:7

Charlie Banks and Blues on Tap at Your Place Too [two copies] circa 1980s

Box OM 23

First anniversary at Your Place Too with Blues on Tap and guest Al King circa 1980s

Box 1:7

First year anniversary celebration at Your Place Too featuring Al King, Freddie Hughes and Charlie Banks and Blues on Tap circa 1980s

Box 1:7

Labor Day celebration at Eli’s Mile High Club with Charles “Lover Boy” Banks and Blues on Tap circa 1980s

Box 1:7

Your Place Too presents Chick Willis (The Stoopdown Man) with Charlie Banks and Blues on Tap circa 1980s

Box 1:7

A night of celebration at Your Place Too 1989-02

Box OM 23

Olympic Tavern reunion of Fresno's own Rhythm Rockers 1989-08-04

Box 1:7

Charles Banks benefit 1990-06-11

Box OM 23

Eli’s Mile High Club benefit for blues artist Charles Banks 2000-02-13

Box OM 23

Charlie's Corner posters 2000-02-20

 

On Tap Productions

Box 1:8

On Tap Productions promotional image circa 1980s

Box 1:8

On Tap Productions business card circa 1980s

 

Recognitions

Box 1:9

East Bay All-Stars Best Musical Group certificate to J.J. Malone, Troyce Key and the Rhythm Rockers for Best Musical Group 1982-10-15

Box 1:9

Bay Area Blues Society Bass Guitarist of the Year Award 1989-02-06

 

Assorted printed material

Box 1:10

“Roots,” Express 1985-08-30

Box 1:10

Monterey Jazz Festival souvenir program 1986

Box 1:10

“Whole lotta blues at Monterey Festival,” San Francisco Examiner 1986

Box 1:10

“Blues in the schools underway,” newspaper clipping 1987

Box 1:10

Bay Blues Monthly vol. 2 1989-02

Box 1:10

2nd Annual Blues Awards Show of the Bay Area Blues Society held at the Oakland Museum program 1989-02-18

Box 1:10

“’62 Rhythm Rockers reunited for blues concert at the Oly,” Fresno Bee 1989-02-18

Box 1:10

“’62 Rhythm Rockers reunited for blues concert at the Oly,” Fresno Bee 1989-08-04

Box 1:10

“Charles Banks: previous hit Musician , artist, dreamer,” San Francisco Examiner 1995-06-05

Box 1:10

West Coast Blues No. 14 1995-12

Box 1:10

West Coast Blues No. 15 1996-02

Box 1:10

“Blues vet sings song of survival,” newspaper clipping circa 1990s

 

The Fish of Charles E. Banks 1988-1999

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes Banks’ artist statement, newspaper clippings, exhibition mailers, juried art show programs and reproductions of his artwork.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 1:11

“Veterans show off their artistic talent,” The Post 1988-04-10

Box 1:11

Cuniff Studio-Gallery exhibition announcement Charles Banks 'Creator of the Fish' 1994

Box 1:11

Gallery Concord exhibition All-American Folk Art Gallery 1994

Box 1:11

Jack Wold Fine Art Gallery mailer circa 1995

Box 1:11

32nd Annual Sister Kenny Institute International Art Show by Artists with Disabilities 1995

Box 1:11

Sister Kenny Institute certificate of recognition 1996

Box 1:11

33rd Annual Sister Kenny Institute International Art Show by Artists with Disabilities 1996

Box 1:11

34th Annual International Art Show by Artists with Disabilities 1997

Box 1:11

Charles Banks Artist folder circa 1997

Box 1:11

Charles E. Banks artist statement [two copies] circa 1997

Box 1:11

Two signed Fish prints 1997

Box 1:11

Charles Banks Fish of Charles notecards [three] 1997

Box 1:11

No. 3 painting documentation 1997

Box 1:11

Charles E. Banks paintings 1993-1996 circa 1997

Box 1:11

Charles E. Banks paintings 1997 circa 1997

Box 1:11

Department of Veterans Affairs National Veterans Creative Arts Festival booklet, Grand Junction, Colorado 1999-10-11

Box 1:11

“Veterans awarded for excellence in the arts,” Martinez Record 1999

Box 1:11

"The fish of Charles opens Saturday," newspaper clipping circa 1990s

 

Photographs 1957-1995

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes various group portraits, promotional images, as well as documentation of Banks' visual art.

Arrangement

Arranged by identification number.
Box 1:12

Parker Air Force Base class photograph, caption: “Hydraulics course” [001] circa 1990s

Box 1:12

Group photograph (left to right): Sonny Rhoades, Al King, J.J. Malone, Charles Banks [002] undated

Box 1:12

Group photograph of Troyce Key, J.J. Malone and the Rhythm Rockers [003] circa 1980s

Box 1:12

Charles Banks with Oakland Unified School District student, caption: “Blues in the schools” [004] 1987

Box 1:12

Photo collage of the Rhythm Rockers 1958 and 1988 [005] 1988

Box 1:12

The Rhythm Rockers promotional photograph, (left to right): Chris Daniels, Troyce Key, C.A. Carr, J.J. Malone, Charles Banks [006] circa 1980s

Box 1:12

Charles Banks performing on outdoor stage [007] undated

Box 1:12

Blues on Tap (left to right): Chris Daniels, Carl Good Rockin Robinson, Charles Banks, and Bernard Anderson [008] circa 1980s

Box 1:12

Photograph of Lowell Fulsom with Charles Banks [009] undated

Box 1:12

Twenty-nine Fish paintings [010-038] 1994-1995

 

Poetry undated

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes eight pages of original poems handwritten by Charles Banks.
Box 1:13

Assorted poems undated

 

Audiocassettes circa 1980s

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes three audiocassettes of Blues on Tap’s live and studio recordings
Box 1:13

Charles Banks and Blues on Tap live with Chick Willis at Your Place Too circa 1980s

Box 1:13

Blues on Tap studio recordings circa 1980s

Box 1:13

Blues on Tap live at the Cotati Cabaret circa 1980s