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Paul McCartney Reunited With Stolen Guitar ‘That Kicked Off Beatlemania’ After 50 Years

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LONDON — Paul McCartney no longer weeps over his original bass guitar.

A five-year search by the instrument’s manufacturer, assisted by a husband-and-wife team of journalists, helped reunite The Beatles star with the distinctive violin-shaped 1961 electric Höfner, which went missing half a century ago and is estimated to be worth 10 million pounds ($12.6 million).

McCartney had urged Höfner to assist in the search for the missing instrument that helped launch Beatlemania around the cosmos, according to Scott Jones, a journalist who worked with Höfner CEO Nick Wass to locate it.

“Paul said to me, ‘Hey, because you’re from Höfner, couldn’t you help find my bass?'” Wass stated. “That’s what triggered the great hunt. Sitting there, knowing what the lost bass meant to Paul, I was resolved to unravel the puzzle.”

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Paul McCartney Reunited With Stolen Guitar ‘That Kicked Off Beatlemania’ After 50 Years

McCartney purchased the bass for approximately 30 pounds ($37) in 1961 while The Beatles were honing their skills during a period of residency in Hamburg, Germany. The instrument appeared on the Beatles’ first two LPs, including songs like “Love Me Do,” “Twist and Shout,” and “She Loves You.”

“Because I was left-handed, it looked less daft because it was symmetrical,” McCartney once explained. “I got into it. And after I purchased it, I fell in love with it.”

It was rumoured to have been stolen while The Beatles made their final album, “Let It Be,” in 1969. But no one knew when it went missing.

What began as a lengthy and winding route for Wass to find the bass gained momentum when Jones unexpectedly joined the hunt after witnessing McCartney headline the Glastonbury Festival in 2022. At one point, the stage lights appeared to spotlight nothing except McCartney’s sunburst pattern on his bass, prompting Jones to wonder if it was the same instrument he had played in the early 1960s.

When he later searched the internet, he was surprised to discover that the original bass had been lost and that there had been a search.

“I was staggered, amazed,” Jones added. “I think we live in a world where The Beatles could do almost anything and it would get a lot of attention.”

Jones, his wife, journalists, and researcher Naomi contacted Wass to share the message more widely.

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Paul McCartney Reunited With Stolen Guitar ‘That Kicked Off Beatlemania’ After 50 Years

After hitting a dead end with a lead concerning a roadie for The Who, they revived The Lost Bass Project in September and were swamped with 600 emails containing the “little gems that led us to where we are today,” Jones explained.

One of those emails came from sound engineer Ian Horne, who had previously worked with McCartney’s band Wings and marked the first significant breakthrough in the search. Horne claimed the bass was stolen from the back of his truck one night in Notting Hill, London, in 1972.

The researchers released the new evidence on their website in October, adding that Horne claimed McCartney told him not to be concerned about the theft and that he continued to work for him for another six years.

“But I’ve carried the guilt all my life,” Horne explained.

After publishing that update, they received a bigger break when they were approached by someone who claimed their father had taken the bass. According to Jones, the man did not intend to steal McCartney’s guitar and became scared when he realised what he had.

The thief, who was not identified, eventually sold it to Ron Guest, the proprietor of the Admiral Blake tavern, for a few pounds and some drinks.

Word had already spread among his family as the Joneses began searching for Guest’s relatives. His daughter-in-law approached McCartney’s studio.

Cathy Guest stated that the ancient bass in her attic for years resembled the one they sought.

It had been passed down from Ron Guest to his oldest son, who died in a vehicle accident, and then to a younger son, Haydn Guest, who married Cathy and passed away in 2020.

The instrument was returned to McCartney in December, and it took around two months to authenticate it.

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Paul McCartney Reunited With Stolen Guitar ‘That Kicked Off Beatlemania’ After 50 Years

The project had planned to make an announcement, but they were overshadowed by Cathy Guest’s son, Ruaidhri Guest, a 21-year-old film student who posted images of the guitar on X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday, writing: “I inherited this instrument, which has been restored to Paul McCartney. Share the news. He sent a message on Friday, stating the family had received numerous interview requests and would soon tell their story.

According to Jones, the estimated worth of the instrument is based on a Gibson acoustic guitar Kurt Cobain played on MTV Unplugged, which sold for $6 million (4.7 million pounds). However, it has lost nearly all its worth during the last 50 years.

“The thief couldn’t sell it,” Jones explained. “The Guest family never attempted to sell it.” It’s a red flag because the moment you step forward, someone will say, ‘That’s Paul McCartney’s guitar.'”

It is now McCartney’s again. His official website announced its comeback, writing, “Paul is incredibly grateful to all those involved.”

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Dickey Betts, Co-Founder Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead At 80

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Dickey Betts, a guitarist and co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, has died, according to a family statement released to CNN on Thursday by his longtime manager.

Betts was eighty.

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“It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the Betts family announces the peaceful passing of Forrest Richard ‘Dickey’ Betts,” according to the statement. “The well-known performer, songwriter, bandleader, and family patriarch passed away this morning at his home in Osprey, Florida, with his family by his side. Dickey was larger than life, and his absence will be felt around the world. During this terrible time, the family requests prayers and respect for their privacy in the coming days. More information will be provided at the proper time.”

Betts’ manager, David Spero, told Rolling Stone that the guitarist had cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease.

Betts, who was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, grew up listening to bluegrass, country music, and, subsequently, rock & roll. Betts, bass guitarist Berry Oakley, drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, and brothers Gregg and Duane Allman formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, and are credited with helping create the sound and genre of Southern rock in the 1960s and 1970s.

Betts composed and sung the band’s biggest song, “Ramblin’ Man.” Initially, he created the song with the intention of having another artist sing it.

“I was going to send ‘Ramblin’ Man’ to Johnny Cash,” Betts stated in 2020, later adding that he “thought it was a great song for him.”

“But everyone liked the song. Even my father enjoyed the song before we recorded it or anything. And I’m thinking I’ll email this to Johnny Cash and see if he wants to perform it,” he added. “The producer (Johnny Sandlin) mentioned that we needed another song for the record and asked if I had any. I explained, ‘Well, I got one, but I was going to send it to Nashville for Cash to record.’ He said, ‘Let’s hear it. And then, ‘No! We gotta do it.'”

Betts also wrote the popular Allman Brothers songs “Blue Sky” and “Jessica.”

Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in 1971, and Oakley died in a motorcycle crash the following year. Betts and Gregg Allman became the band’s leaders, but creative disputes and substance misuse prompted the group to split up and reform several times.

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Cameron Crowe, then 16, followed the Allman Brothers Band on tour in 1973 for a Rolling Stone cover story that would later serve as the basis for Crowe’s Oscar-winning 2000 film “Almost Famous.” In 2017, Crowe described Billy Crudup’s key rock star character as “a tribute” to Betts.

In an email to CNN later that day, Crowe referred to Betts as “a guitarist for the ages, the musical glue that held together The Allman Brothers Band for many years.”

“Dickey’s quiet warmth, and his timeless contribution to American music was a big inspiration for our film,” said the writer-director.

Betts quit the Allman Brothers Band in a widely publicized separation in 2000. While the band continued to tour for nearly 15 years and issued one more studio album, Betts performed with his Great Southern ensemble, which included his son Duane, and released another studio album of new songs. Betts retired in 2014.

Also on Friday, the Allman Brothers Band issued an official statement, stating that Betts’ “extraordinary guitar playing alongside guitarist Duane Allman created a unique dual guitar signature sound that became the signature sound of the genre known as Southern Rock.”

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“He was passionate in life, be it music, songwriting, fishing, hunting, boating, golf, karate or boxing,” the statement went on to say. “Dickey was all in on and excelled at anything that caught his attention.”

When asked what he enjoyed most about music, Betts told the Sarasota Herald Tribune in 2020 that it was the impact it had on his listeners.

“I like the crowds mainly, and what the music did for them,” he went on to say. “They enjoyed the music more than I did. I just love how the crowd can drift off into another universe during a concert.”

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Taylor Swift Drops 15 New Songs On Double Album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology’

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NEW YORK — Could there be a Taylor Swift new album release without any added surprises?

No.

On Friday, the pop star released her 11th album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” which is an amalgamation of her previous work and reflects the artist who, at the height of her powers, has spent the last few years re-recording her life’s work and touring it, filtered through synth-pop anthems, breakup ballads, provocative and matured considerations.

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But it was midnight. At 2 a.m. Eastern, she released “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology,” which included 15 new songs.

“I’d written so much tortured poetry in the past 2 years and wanted to share it all with you, so here’s the second installment,” Swift wrote in an Instagram caption. “And now the story isn’t mine anymore… it’s all yours.”

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The songs are a natural continuation of the first half of the album, with many returning to her “evermore” and “folklore” style, aided by her partner Aaron Dessner.

Swift has surprised her fans before, and she has surely done so with a surprise album release. A few months after “folklore” was released in 2020, she revealed that “evermore” will be available at midnight on the same day. Speaking of midnight, she released a “3am” edition of “Midnights” with seven new tracks in 2022, just a few hours after the original release.

Taylor Swift’s album “The Tortured Poets Department” is now available.

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Music Writer Maria Sherman describes it as “an amalgamation of an artist who has spent the last few years re-recording her life’s work and touring its material, filtered through synth-pop anthems, breakup ballads, provocative and matured subject matter.”

Swift revealed a surprise two hours after the album’s release: 15 more tracks.

Swift’s first original album since her record-breaking Eras Tour debuted last year.

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Britain’s Prince Harry Formally Confirms He is Now a US Resident

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LONDON — Prince Harry, King Charles III’s son and fifth in line to the British throne, has publicly certified that he is now a US resident.

Four years after Harry and his American bride, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, moved to a villa in Southern California, a travel firm he owns filed paperwork this week alerting British officials that he has relocated and is now “usually resident” in the United States.

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The formal acknowledgment highlights the prince’s growing isolation from Britain, following his and Meghan’s departure from royal duties to chase lucrative media partnerships in America. Since then, Harry has often challenged the royal family, including claims of unconscious racism made in a Netflix series and the prince’s autobiography, “Spare.”

Travalyst Ltd, a company created in 2020 to “promote global awareness of the importance of sustainable tourism,” filed the paperwork. Harry owns at least 75% of the company. Companies House, the government body in charge of overseeing company incorporation in the United Kingdom, received the papers on Monday.

The filing further distinguishes Harry from his status as one of the king’s counselors of state, which are members of the royal family who can be deputized to carry out the monarch’s duties if he is ill or away from the nation.

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While Harry is still a counselor of state, the crown warned Parliament in 2022 that “in practice” only working members of the royal family will be called upon to fill in for the monarch.

Although Harry and Meghan, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have established themselves in the rich enclave of Montecito, where they are raising their baby son and daughter, Harry is also under investigation for his US status.

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think organization, has questioned the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to grant Harry a visa to the United States following drug-related admissions in “Spare.”

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The organization, which has petitioned a judge to order the department to release Harry’s immigration records, claims that the prince either lied on his visa application or was given preferential treatment because a history of drug usage would typically preclude an applicant from receiving a visa.

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