Although the last thing the red-hot Beatles needed in early 1964 was a "secret weapon," that's exactly what they got -- in a beautiful Fireglo finish. George Harrison got his first Rickenbacker 12-string in February of that year, during the Beatles' first U.S. tour. The guitar was given to him by Francis C. Hall, owner and president of the California-based Rickenbacker company.
Over ten years ago, George Harrison presented a signed Fender Stratocaster and presented it to the Ann Arbor, Michigan headquarters of Borders -- the now-bankrupt book and music retailer -- where it sat in a glass case in the lobby.
Some late-breaking dental news from England: The BBC reports that one of John Lennon's teeth will be auctioned in Stockport, England, next month. It is expected to bring in £10,000, or just under $16,000 US.
Recently, someone opened an old book that happened to be available at a yard sale in Liverpool, England. In it was a folder letter by a young Paul McCartney, offering an audition to a now-unknown drummer in 1960, just days before the Beatles left for a two-month gig in Hamburg, Germany.
It looks like Paul McCartney will be getting married this Sunday, October 9, to New Jersey-raised Nancy Shevell in a civil ceremony in London. The date is important in Beatles history because it happens to be John Lennon's birthday. This morning, London's Daily Mirror and Sun newspapers reported that the event will take place at London's Marylebone Register Office, the same venue where McCartney married his first wife, Linda, in 1969. Linda died of breast cancer in 1998.