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ANNIE LENNOX WON THE PRESTIGIOUS GEORGE HARRISON GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARD

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Last night, renowned artists, world leaders and influencers joined international advocacy organization Global Citizen to announce major policy commitments to fight climate change, end HIV/AIDS, eradicate polio and other pandemics, empower women and girls and provide clean water for all at Global Citizen Live! World leaders took made over 23 million commitments and pledged over $214 million that is set to impact the lives of more than 215 million people worldwide.

Olivia Harrison presented Annie Lennox with the prestigious George Harrison Global Citizen Award for her humanitarian efforts for women and girls around the globe and to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Following her acceptance speech, Lennox joined Dhani Harrison for a surprise performance of George Harrison’s “Isn’t it a Pity?”

Since 2012, Global Citizens have taken more than 11 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty. These actions have resulted in $30 billion in commitments from world leaders that are set to affect the lives of 1 billion people around the world. Global Citizen Week will serve as an opportunity to connect policymakers with the public and expand this community of active and engaged Global Citizens.


“HELLO MISS MARY BEE” UNRELEASED GEORGE RECORDING SOLD FOR £14,000.

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An unreleased George Harrison recording  sold for £14,000.
The reel-to-reel tape features an Indian-influenced track called Hello Miss Mary Bee, which was written especially for the vendor in early 1968. It was sent to her, along with a six-page letter from Harrison’s wife, Patti Boyd, which was included in the lot, as well as postcards sent by the Beatles guitarist.

A pair of John’s glasses went for £5,600 – cheap compared with the £19,500 a Canadian dentist paid for one of his teeth back in 2011.
A set of autographs gathered by a schoolchild extra on the Magical Mystery Tour film went for £7,000 at the Omega Beatles auction on Monday in Warrington, Cheshire, while the likely first draft of the screenplay for A Hard Day’s Night sold for £2,200.
A certificate of purchase and a receipt for the grave space went under the hammer, along with a miniature bible, dated 1899 and with the name Eleanor Rigby written inside. They were expected to sell for between £2,000 and £4,000.
About 250 items of Beatles memorabilia were up for auction on Monday. A number of other lots failed to sell, including a picture of the band painted by comedians Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson.
A handwritten score for Eleanor Rigby, expected to go for at least £20,000, was withdrawn from the auction shortly before it began because of an ownership dispute.


GEORGE SITAR FROM 1965 TO BE AUCTIONED

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George Harrison’s personal sitar from 1965, which was the year the Beatles recorded Norwegian Wood will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on September 28, 2017. Harrison purchased his first sitar from the shop Indiacraft on Oxford Street in London in 1965. Harrison was quoted in the Beatles Anthologies, “…we’d recorded the Norwegian Wood backing track and it needed something. We would usually start looking through the cupboard to see if we could come up with something, a new sound, and I picked the sitar up – it was just lying around; I hadn’t really figured out what to do with it. It was quite spontaneous: I found the notes that played the lick. It fitted and it worked.”

Norwegian Wood was recorded in October 1965, but the sitar string broke during the recording session. Harrison had no idea how to fix or replace the string. Producer George Martin suggested to Harrison that he contact Ayana Angadi, the Asian Music Circle (AMC) co-founder.

Ayana Angadi replaced the string and brought his family to the studio at Abbey Road to watch the Beatles record Norwegian Wood.

The song launched “The Great Sitar Explosion” in rock and roll, but for Harrison, it began a life-long relationship with Indian music, its culture and Hinduism. The AMC provided Indian musicians for Harrison’s next two Indian-style songs, Love you to and Within you without you. Harrison became the first Beatle to visit India and traveled to Mumbai to study the sitar with Ravi Shankar following the band’s final live concert in San Francisco in 1966.

Harrison married Pattie Boyd in January 1966. On their honeymoon in Barbados, Boyd’s friend George Drummond hosted the couple. Harrison gifted this sitar to Drummond. Steve Turner writes in his book, Beatles ’66: The Revolutionary Year, “During the days Pattie sunbathed and George practiced on his sitar. George even had a better sitar flown to Barbados for him, and when it arrived he gave his old one – probably the one he had bought from Indiacraft – to Drummond as a gift.”

Kanai Lal & Brother of Calcutta crafted the siftar, which comes with letters of authenticity from Harrison’s ex-wife Pattie Boyd and his friend George Drummond. Boyd wrote in the LOA that Harrison used the sitar to play Norwegian Wood to her on their honeymoon. Drummond’s LOA confirmed that Harrison gave him this sitar in February 1966 and it remained in his possession until he consigned it to Nate D. Sanders Auctions.

Bidding for the sitar begins at $50,000.

 


BEATLES FANS TO BID FOR NEW GEORGE SONG

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An unreleased track by George Harrison is to be auctioned with a series of previously unseen images of the band.
The 1968 song, Hello Miss Mary Bee, comes on a reel-to-reel tape that also includes alternative recordings of several Beatles hits.
The track, influenced by Indian music, was written for George’s friend Mary Bee and produced at about the time that his first solo album, Wonderwall Music, was released.
It comes with letters from George to Ms Bee while he was in India with his first wife, Pattie Boyd. In one, Boyd wrote that Harrison had “just come into the kitchen singing Mary Bee, Mary Bee about to make a lovely cup of tea”.

GEORGE UNRELEASED RECORDING “HELLO MISS MARY BEE” GOING UP FOR AUCTION

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GEORGE HARRISON UNRELEASED RECORDING – of a track entitled “Hello Miss Mary Bee” recorded onto a reel to reel tape which includes other recordings of tracks The Beatles would have been working on at the time. A second reel to reel tape contains a recording of his “Wonderwall” album.

The two tapes come with a collection of correspondence to include postcards sent by George and his wife Patti Boyd to the vendor and a 6 page letter from Patti to the vendor. This incredible recording was made especially for the vendor whose name is “Mary Bee” back in early 1968 and was sent to her by George and Patti along with postcards and other recordings during 1967 & 1968. The song, which is approx 1 minute 40 seconds long, was recorded on an Emidisc Reel 2 Reel tape in 1968 at “Kinfauns” and is very much in the Indian style of the music that he was heavily influenced by and producing around the time of his first studio album “Wonderwall”.

The case of this tape has writing on which reads “Tape to Mary Bee”. The “Wonderwall” tape again has writing on the box which reads “Music from the film Wonderwall for Mary Bee”. The 6 page letter is a great read and has numerous references to the tapes. Patti talks about George working on the “Wonderwall” soundtrack and at one stage says she can’t send a tape of the music but then corrects herself (after speaking to George) to say that “George will tape his music”. She also says that George has “just come into the kitchen singing Mary Bee, Mary Bee about to make a lovely cup of tea”. There are 3 postcards from Patti & George included in the lot which are all addressed to Mary Bee and have been sent from India. The postcards mention where George & Patti have visited, how they are having their first yoga lesson and that she has been thinking of Mary when meditating.

 

On one George has written “Hello Mary – love George”. One of the postcards also starts by asking “Did you get the tapes?”. Tape 1 – Side 1 Contents: Track 1 – Never before heard track “Well Hello Miss Mary Bee”. 1.40 in duration. Track 2 – Beatles Across The Universe – runs from 2.16 to 5.40. Different to released version – faster, differing instrumentation and backing vocals. Recorded 4th Feb 1968. Track 3 – Beatles Inner Light – runs from 5.50 to 8.21 – again different to released version. Instrumental recorded in India during Jan 68. George vocals recorded at same time as Across the Universe in Feb 68. Released 15th March 1968 as b-side to Lady Madonna. Track 4 – Beatles Lady Madonna – runs from 8.27 to 10.41. Same as release. Recorded Feb 68 and released 15th March 1968. Track 5 – Instrumental Indian music – runs from 10.456 to 23.17 Track 6 – Beatles All Together 23.20 to 25.10 and continues on Side 2 from 0.00 to 0.35 Sounds same as released. Recorded May 67′ but not released until Jan 69′. Tape 1 – Side 2 Contents Track 7 – Beatles Christmas Time is Here Again – runs from 00.37 to 6.45 – as per 1967/68 flexi disc release. Recorded May 1967. Track 8 – Beatles Strawberry Fields – runs from 6.49 to 10.49 – same as release. Recorded Nov/Dec 1966. Track 9 onwards – Bob Dylan recordings – from 10.54 to 24.45. Appear to be same as albums/single releases. Includes a letter of provenance from the vendor along with her transcribed lyrics for the song.

 

Estimate: 10,000 GBP – 20,000 GBP


FENDER HAS JUST UNVEILED THE NEW LIMITED EDITION GEORGE ROSEWOOD TELECASTER

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Fender has just unveiled the new limited edition George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster.

The Rosewood Telecaster is based on the guitar Fender made for Harrison in 1969 that he also happened to play during The Beatles’ “Rooftop Concert.”  Per Fender, the original at the time was the first guitar made by the manufacturer to be made of all rosewood, thus, making it very unique.

The asking price for the Harrison Rosewood Telecaster is $2,499.99, and quantities are limited, with only 1,000 units available worldwide. The full specs on the guitar can be found at Fender.com