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TOUR OF THE MONTH

The Great London Ghost Tour
The Great London Ghost Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

19th October 2003 David Blaine walks from his perspex box after 43 days without food.

19th October 1960 Born today: Dan Woody Woodgate, London, rock drummer (Madness)

19th October 1944 British premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Moscow

19th October 1941 Born today: Simon Ward, London England, actor (4 Musketeers, 4 Feathers)

19th October 1911 Royal Mint in London sends dies for $1 coin to Ottawa Branch

19th October 1741 David Garrick appears on stage in West End for the first time, in the title role of Richard III.

Keith Richards 1st Steel String



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

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Credits: LIFE - Keith Richards
http://www.ivormairants.co.uk/

Keith Richards 1st Steel String

Keith's first Hofner guitar was bought in this very shop


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