Tag Archives: The Beatles
Posted: October 7, 2014
TracksAuction.com are set to auction John Lennon’s Gretsch 6120 guitar which Lennon gave to his cousin David Birch in 1967.
The Gretsch 6120 is a historically important instrument from the former Beatle’s personal collection, used and photographed during the April 1966 “Paperback Writer” session held at EMI Studio 3 at London’s Abbey Road.
Birch was given the guitar when he visited Lennon in Weybridge in November 1967. Interested in starting up a band, Birch asked his famous cousin if he had any spare guitars.
“I was just cheeky enough to ask John for one of his spare guitars,” recalled Birch.
Lennon then gifted Birch with a Gretsch 6120, serial number 53940, that he’s owned ever since.
Beatles historian and author Mark Lewisohn and Birch discuss the instrument in the video clip below.
Online bidding begins on Nov. 14 at www.TracksAuction.com, concluding with a live auction at Le Meridien Hotel in London on Nov. 23.
Posted: April 28, 2014
We offered a list of five great Gretsch movie moments a few months back. Since there’s plenty more where they came from, however, here are a few more great Gretsch cinematic appearances.
Directed by Richard Lester, Help!, was the second feature film from the Beatles. The comedy adventure’s plot was based around the band running up against an evil cult that was about to sacrifice a woman to the goddess Kaili. Unfortunately, the woman in question is not wearing the sacrificial ring. Guess who has the ring stuck on their finger? Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
We won’t spoil the rest of the flick for you, but it should be noted that there were several musical performances during Help!, as well, and the soundtrack was even released as an album. Most notably during a performance of “You’re Going to Lose That Girl” in the film, George Harrison is seen strumming a Country Gentleman.
Posted: February 7, 2014
Fifty years ago, on Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles made their U.S. television debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. With George Harrison rocking a Gretsch Duo Jet that night, business skyrocketed for Gretsch guitars.
President and CEO Fred Gretsch recently spoke with Parade about how Beatlemania transformed his family-owned company.
“Overnight, thousands of garage bands were created that wanted to emulate the Beatles…[Demand] went up 25 percent,” said Gretsch. “You know, the baby boom generation was teenagers at that point in time. Rock and roll had begun mid-’50s [and] was gaining steam, [so] everybody was prepped and focused on the Beatles when they arrived…everybody was ready for them.”
Posted: November 14, 2013
The set comes as a companion to the 1994 release of the Beatles’ Live at the BBC, which sold more than five million copies within six weeks. Volume 2 features a 48-page booklet, 63 tracks – including 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band and BBC’s radio hosts.
Watch a preview below and visit the Beatles’ official website for more information.