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REMEMBERING THE TIME MICHAEL JACKSON AND GEORGE HARRISON REVIEWED NEW TUNES ON BBC RADIO 1

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BBC Radio 1 turns 50 tomorrow (September 30). To mark the mega anniversary, the station is running a 3-day digital station called Radio 1 Vintage, featuring 50 one-hour themed nostalgic shows made up of archive material across Radio 1’s history. As part of the celebrations, NME is lucky enough to be able to share the above archive clip of Michael Jackson and George Harrison discussing Dave Edmunds’ ‘A.1. On The Jukebox’ on the Roundtable show in February 1979.
In this short but fascinating clip from the show, Dave Edmunds’s single from 1978 album ‘Tracks on Wax 4′ is under consideration. George Harrison remarks that it “reminds me straight off of The Everly Brothers’ ‘Walk Right Back’ speeded up a bit, except for the bridge”, calling it “pretty different” and “nice”.

Michael Jackson, meanwhile, says that the story “seems like rock’n’roll, kinda. It reminded me of an old tune when it kicked off, the style of the music. I like the story. but why did he end it with ‘I’m nowhere?’” Harrison then suggests that “it’s ‘nowhere on the charts’. It’s like a country/western type idea. It’s a good idea for a lyric.”
During the conversation the pair also discuss their shared love of Buddy Holly and Little Richard, and discuss writing their own material.
“Did you guys always write your own stuff?” asks Michael. “Yeah,” replies George, “well John and Paul wrote right from before we ever made records.” “How did you manage that?” enquires Michael, to which George responds: “I don’t know – they were clever little fellas.” Listen to the recording in full above.
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TOM PETTY HAS DIED AT AGE 66

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Rock superstar Tom Petty has died at age 66. His Longtime Manager Has Confirmed

The manager released a statement, saying: “On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

According to TMZ, EMTs were able to find a pulse when they found Petty, but the hospital found no brain activity when he arrived. A chaplain came to administer last rites and a decision was made to pull life support with a “do not resuscitate” order from his family.

Three-time Grammy Award winner Tom Petty charted albums in the Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in each of his five decades as a recording artist. TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS’ most recent release, “Hypnotic Eye”, entered the chart at No. 1. The band released its debut album in 1976 and has since sold over eighty million records.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 29th, 2017.

TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2002, their first year of eligibility, and in recent years continued to build on their already legendary success. Their concerts were celebrated by fans and critics alike and their music has influenced numerous young bands and writers around the world.


TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS completed a summer tour last Monday with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl. The trek marked the band’s fortieth anniversary.

Tom Petty, usually backed by his longtime band the Heartbreakers, was known for such hits as “Free Fallin,”‘ “Refugee” and “American Girl.” The Gainesville, Florida native with the shaggy blond hair and gaunt features drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other musicians he loved while growing up in the 1960s. He was also a member of the impromptu supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, which included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.

Petty and the Heartbreakers had recently completed a 40th anniversary tour, one he hinted would be their last. Petty, whose worldwide sales topped 80 million records, was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2002.

 

 

 

 

*Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down live Hollywood Bowl 09.25.2017:

GEORGE’S SITAR AUCTIONED FOR $62,500

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A sitar owned and played by George Harrison has been sold for $62,500 (£46,581) in the United States.

The instrument, purchased from a shop on London’s Oxford Street in 1965, was used by Harrison during the recording of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood. The Indian string instrument, crafted by a well-known music shop in Kolkata, was later gifted to a friend of Harrison’s first wife, Patti Boyd.

The name of the successful bidder has not been disclosed by the auctioneers.

Bidding for the sitar began on 28 September at $50,000 (£37,327).

George had discovered the sitar in 1965, on the set of the Beatles’ second film, Help.

His love affair with oriental mysticism first became known in Norwegian Wood, John Lennon’s tale of an extra-marital fling. Acoustic guitar and muted bass were augmented by the Indian instrument.

“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,” Harrison was quoted as saying in The Beatles Anthologies. “It was quite spontaneous: I found the notes that played the lick. It fitted and it worked.”

Next year, George gifted the sitar to George Drummond, a friend of Boyd, during the couple’s honeymoon in Barbados.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beatles recorded Norwegian Wood – the first Western rock band to use the sitar on a commercial recording – in October 1965, heralding a short lived “raga-rock” genre.

A year later, George travelled to India to learn how to play the instrument under the renowned sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. In an interview with the BBC’s Mark Tully in April 2000, Shankar said when he first heard Harrison playing the sitar in Norwegian Wood, he was not impressed. “I couldn’t believe it,” he said, “it sounded so strange. Just imagine some Indian villager trying to play the violin when you know what it should sound like.”

George later agreed, saying the sitar on Norwegian Wood was “very rudimentary”.”I didn’t know how to tune it properly, and it was a very cheap sitar to begin with. But that was the environment in the band, everybody was very open to bringing in new ideas.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.