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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st January 1996 Late 80's pop-dance duo The London Boys were both killed in a car crash in Austria.
21st January 1976 Born today: Emma Lee Bunton, Baby Spice, Finchley London, vocalist (Spice Girls)
21st January 1974 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
21st January 1970 Panama Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London
21st January 1950 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46
21st January 1944 447 German bombers attack London
21st January 1929 Robert Sherriff's Journey's End, premieres in London
21st January 1878 Cleopatra's Needle arrives in England at Gravesend, after a journey of 4 months.
21st January 1670 Claude Duval, the Gentleman Highwayman, was hanged at Tyburn.
Keith Richards 1st Steel String
Keith's first Hofner guitar was bought in this very shop
Location: 56 Rathbone Place (off Oxford Street), W1T 1JT
Description: Ivor Mairants was a professional jazz and classical guitarist, teacher and composer.
With his wife Lily in 1958 he created Ivor Mairants Musicentre, a specialist guitar store in London that was the first of its kind in the country and is still among the foremost of its kind in the UK.
And it was here when Keith Richards was just a young man that he bought his first steel string guitar - an 'f-hole archtop Hofner' - with 'blue boy' written on its face.
It was secondhand because of the patches and sweat marks on the fretboard.
It was soon after this purchase that Keith left it on either the Victoria Line or the Bakerloo Line on the London Underground!
I wonder who has it now?
Tagged in this Tour: Keith Richards London