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George Harrison and the mystery of the missing Rickenbacker
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 06/12/09 5:33 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Longtime Beatles friend and business associate Tony Bramwell is on a quest for a missing guitar.

He is trying to recover the Rickenbacker electric guitar that was given to Jack Oliver, the former General Manager of Apple Records, in 1969 by George Harrison. No questions asked on its return.

Mr. Bramwell says, "In 1963, when George visited his sister Louise in the states, he bought a small Rickenbacker Guitar and was very proud of it. I had it painted black for him, to match John's. The only time I remember him using it was on the TV show 'Ready, Steady, Go.' In 1969, George gave it to Jack Oliver, and not long after, it was stolen. I would really like to know if anyone had seen it since."

The Beatles on Ready, Steady, Go

If you know anything about the current whereabouts of the guitar, you might want to tell Tony about it in person. The paperback edition of Tony Bramwell's book, Magical Mystery Tours: My Life with The Beatles is now available, and Mr. Bramwell is holding some events to talk about the book and meet fans.

Tony's next book event is at Oldway Mansion in Paignton, England, on June 16 at 7:00 pm. He gives a 45 minute speach about his time with The Beatles including a multi-media presentation, and then takes questions and answers from the audience. His book is available at the event and he will be signing them as well.

Tickets for the event are available from Torbay Bookshop or Backtrax records in Totnes, and are 5.00 each.

Mr. Bramwell has more appearances coming up, in August at The Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool, in October at the Nashville Fab Four Fest at The Cannery Ballroom Nashville, and the Beatle Brunch Club cruise around the U.K. in September.

You can follow Tony on Twitter at @BeatlesFriend.

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