ARC-0651 David Spero Collection
The David Spero Collection spans the years 1968 to 2017, with the bulk of the materials dating from 2000 to 2014. The collection consists of four series: Artists, Subjects, Posters, and Upbeat digital files. Series I: Artists ranges from 1991-2017 and includes contracts, correspondence, invoices, budgets, royalty statements, clippings, legal documents, and tour information for several of Spero’s clients, including Dickey Betts, Funk Brothers, Richie Furay, Survivor, and Cat Stevens. Series II: Subjects ranges from 1968-2014 and consists of materials on artists not under Spero's management, benefits and events organized and attended by Spero, correspondence, and materials relating to Spero’s business ventures. Series III: Posters ranges from 1968 to 2005 and contains four posters for the Eagles, Funk Brothers, and Jimi Hendrix. Series IV: Upbeat Digital Files consist of seven digital videos of performances from the Cleveland television program, The Upbeat Show, which include Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Jeff Kutash and the Upbeat Dancers, Jackie DeShannon, Bobbie Gentry, O.C. Smith, Chicago, John Denver, the Impressions, Occasions, Guess Who, Yardbirds, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, and the Fifth Dimension, during the 1970s. The collection provides insight into the career of a northeast Ohio based manager, primarily for musicians in the later stages of their careers.