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A “VERY RARE” 1960s guitar used by The Beatles has sold for £190,000 at auction.

The prototype fretless guitar featured in an episode of the Antiques Roadshow earlier this year, which was filmed at Battle Abbey.

On the show it was valued between £300,000 and £400,000 and estimated to be one of the most valuable items to ever feature in the programme.

Made in the 1960s by Bartell of California in Riverside, California, the guitar was described as “unique” as the company did not produce many prototypes – but one of the other fretless models was given to Jimi Hendrix.

The guitar was played by John Lennon and George Harrison and experts believe it may have been used in the band’s recording of the White Album, released in 1968.

George Harrison gave the guitar to session musician Ray Russell in 1984. At the time Mr Russell was recording music for a film made by George Harrison’s production company, Handmade Films.

Speaking on the Battle episode of the Antiques Roadshow, Mr Russell said: “I played a few notes and he said ‘Yeah you’re definitely getting more out of it than I am. Why don’t you have it?’“It’s a a strange old thing to play.”
Mr Russell added that he had continued to regularly play the guitar, and “did not realise it was worth that much money”.



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While The Beatles and Rolling Stones usually shrugged off talk of a “rivalry,” the bands certainly kept track of what each other was doing. That came out in their choice of material. From 1964 on, the two bands never recorded the same song — not even a Chuck Berry cover.
With such prolific songwriters in both bands, neither had trouble coming up with material, so covers weren’t a major issue. By ’64, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were in the sort of groove that few songwriters have matched. (On A Hard Day’s Night, every track was a Lennon-McCartney.)
The Stones’ team of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wasn’t far behind. After scoring their second Billboard top-20 hit with “Heart of Stone,” the Jagger-Richards alliance really got on a roll with “Satisfaction,” the band’s first U.S. No. 1.

From that point on, the Beatles and Stones were world famous, and they filled their records with original compositions. That meant two 1963 recordings were the only times both bands released versions of the same songs.

The Beatles and Rolling Stones both covered ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’
In 1959, Barrett Strong recorded the Berry Gordy song “Money (That’s What I Want)” for the Tamla label, and the following year it became Motown’s first hit record. All four Beatles were fans of the track, and they recorded a version for the group’s second U.K. album.

The session took place in July ’63, and Lennon delivered a powerhouse vocal that nearly matched his “Twist and Shout” performance from the first album. A few months later (Nov. ’63), the LP hit record stores in the U.K.

By that point, the Stones had recorded the same song for their debut EP. While that record never reached the U.S., listeners in the U.K. found “Money (That’s What I Want)” on side 1 when it hit record stores in Jan. ’64.
If you compare the two versions, you can’t help noting the studio polish of the Beatles’ version. It’s much cleaner, and Lennon seemed to invest a good deal more in his vocal than Jagger. But the Stones were only getting started.

The Rolling Stones and Beatles both recorded ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’
During that summer of ’63, The Beatles established themselves as one of England’s biggest bands, and the Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham wanted to know if Lennon and McCartney had a track for his band to record.
As Lennon recalled it in an interview with Dennis Elsas, he and McCartney taught the Stones “I Wanna Be Your Man” on the spot one day. In fact, Lennon said they “virtually finished [the song] off in front of” the Stones.
The Stones recorded it shortly after that meeting and released it as a single on the first of November. As for The Beatles, Lennon and McCartney gave the track to Ringo.(John never thought much of the track.)
The Stones scored a No. 12 U.K. hit with “I Wanna Be Your Man.” That was it for songs recorded by both groups.


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The Beatles played Worcester’s Gaumont Theatre in 1963.
Terry Phillips, a fan said: “I was fortunate in that I was able to go backstage between the shows.I spent best part of an hour with the Beatles chatting, smoking Embassy and drinking Coke.They were four quite different characters.John was ‘in your face’ doing all sorts of crazy things, George a serious talker with a somewhat dry sense of humour, Paul very outgoing and gregarious and Ringo spent the entire time playing his drumsticks on a an occasional table. It was a memorable encounter!”.

The Beatles played in Worcester twice, both in 1963: on May 28 and September 4.
Kathleen Gardner ,fan, was there on both occasions: “I saw them twice at the Gaumont. Once with Roy Orbison and once with the Rolling Stones.The Stones, who were a new group, were much better than the Beatles. I was never a Beatles fan but did love John Lennon’s later music away from the Beatles.”
Shane Phelps said: “My dad was there. He said they were just one of many that played the same night and so each band only did about four songs.Also there was Freddy and the Dreamers. The people would make a lot of noise when the acts were on, but he said that when Roy Orbison started,the sound of his voice,the power and awe made everyone listen in complete silence.”
David Banks and Maureen Coley were among other to have enjoyed seeing the Fab Four in the flesh.

When they first played the city, they were four, fresh-faced young musicians from Liverpool – international stardom was still to come.
The May setlist comprised seven songs: Some Other Guy (a cover of a Richard Barrett song),Do You Want to Know a Secret, Love Me Do, From Me to You, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There, and Twist and Shout.
The September concert, was the first of four consecutive concerts promoted by John Smith. Brian Epstein granted them as a result of the cancellation of several Mersey Beat Showcase nights earlier in 1963. The Beatles earned £250 for each of the concerts.



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Actress Margaret Nolan, who appeared onscreen alongside James Bond and the Beatles, died Oct. 5. She was 76.
The English performer was best known for playing Bond’s masseuse Dink in Goldfinger and for appearing as the gold-painted model in the 1964 film’s title sequence. That same year, she appeared in the Beatles’ musical comedy film A Hard Day’s Night. She was also in a number of movies from the Carry On franchise, the long-running British comedy film series. While most of her acting work was between the 1960s and 1980s, Nolan returned to the screen for 2011’s The Power of Three as Dame Margaret.

Edgar Wright, who cast Nolan in his upcoming film Last Night in Soho, wrote a tribute to the actress on Twitter today.

“It’s my sad duty to report that actress and artist, the magnificent Margaret Nolan has passed away,” Wright tweeted on Sunday. “She was the middle of Venn diagram of everything cool in the 60’s; having appeared with the Beatles, been beyond iconic in Bond and been part of the Carry On cast too.

She was so funny, sharp and, as you might imagine, full of the most amazing stories. I’m so glad I got to know her. My heart goes out to her family and all that loved her. She will be much missed.”