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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
6th December 1943 Born today: Mike Smith, London Engld, rocker/pianist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over)
6th December 1892 Born today: F Osbert S Sitwell, London, poet/writer (Out of the Flame)
6th December 1883 Harrods original shop burns down, forcing the build of a much larger shop.
6th December 1817 William Bligh, who suffered mutiny on HMS Bounty, passed away in Bond Street, London.
6th December 1769 Silk cutters Doyle and Valline were hanged for inciting rioting in Bethnal Green
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