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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th August 1967 The Beatles met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at The Park Lane Hilton.
24th August 1961 Born today: Mark Bedders Bedfored, London, rock bassist (Madness)
24th August 1961 Mad Men actor Jared Harris was born in London.
24th August 1957 Comedian Stephen Fry born in Hampstead, London.
24th August 1954 William Heatherton's Reluctant Debutante, premieres in London
24th August 1940 Luftwaffe bombs London
24th August 1591 Bachelor Poet Robert Herrick was born in Cheapside, London.
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