George Harrison’s first sitar auctioned
George Harrison’s first sitar, virtually actually the one used through the recording of The Beatles’ Norwegian Wooden, was auctioned for $62,500 in the USA. The public sale started on Thursday (Sept. 28) with $50,000 because the opening bid. The identify of the profitable bidder hasn’t been disclosed by the auctioneers.
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George Harrison purchased the sitar in 1965, after being launched to it by David Crosby. Though he didn’t know but learn how to play the instrument, he used it to report ”Norwegian Wooden” on 12 October 1965. Harrison later said that the sitar on Norwegian Wooden was “very rudimentary”.
It was an actual crummy-quality one, truly, however I purchased it and mucked about with it a bit. Anyway, we had been on the level the place we might recorded the Norwegian Wooden backing observe and it wanted one thing. We’d often begin trying by way of the cabinet to see if we might provide you with one thing, a brand new sound, and I picked the sitar up – it was simply mendacity round; I hadn’t actually discovered what to do with it. It was fairly spontaneous: I discovered the notes that performed the lick. It fitted and it labored.
The Beatles was the primary Western rock band to make use of the sitar on a business recording, which led to a large however short-term reputation of the instrument within the mid-sixties. George Harrison later learnt learn how to play the sitar correctly and received classes from Ravi Shankar in India.
Video Norwegian Wooden (Early Take)
The sitar is “virtually actually the one he used to report Norwegian Wooden,” an announcement by the public sale home stated. To verify the authenticity, the Indian instrument is accompanied by two letters; One from Pattie Boyd and one from George Drummond, to whom George Harrison gave the sitar as a present. Pattie not solely confirms the authenticity of the sitar, but in addition wrote that George used it to play ”Norwegian Wooden” to her on their honeymoon.