Sometimes, even after 36 years of buying, selling and collecting rare records and music memorabilia, I get a REALLY special package in the mail–something that just blows me away, that leaves me shaking my head, muttering “unbelievable, just unbelievable” to myself (I know–it’s not a pretty picture.) And the humble, 8″ folded and creased piece of paper pictured above is just that kind of thing. On it are the lyrics to two Everly Brothers songs, “So Sad” and “Like Strangers,” written out by the not yet famous George Harrison, in 1960.
The Everly Brothers were a great influence on the Beatles, and it’s been written that Lennon and McCartney consciously copied the Everlys two-part harmonies on “Love Me Do” and “Please Please Me.” Harrison no doubt transcribed these lyrics so he could learn these songs; both were big hits (and would have been written out by George) in the second half of 1960–a particularly important time for the Beatles. They spent August through November 1960 playing in Hamburg at the Indra Club and The Kaiserkeller–for 106 nights !– then returning in December to the Casbah Coffee House in Liverpool (the basement club owned by Pete Best’s mother, Mona.) Frank Caiazzo, the world’s foremost authority on Beatle handwriting and signatures, has authenticated these, and told me “it’s very likely the Beatles were considering performing these songs live at some point, although it has not been documented that they ever did…This is a very rare and historic piece of Beatles memorabilia, and one of the earliest Harrison lyrics in existence.” Amazingly, George’s father held onto these until the late 1970’s, when he gave them to a young fan who visited him at his house in Appleton, Cheshire, England. I was fortunate to obtain these directly from that fan–these were previously unknown and have never been offered for sale before.
One of the reasons I started this blog is to share some really cool things that pass through my hands– this is truly a piece of history, and people should be able to enjoy it and learn from it, before it disappears into a private collection. Some of the pieces I’m fortunate enough to sell are very expensive–but there’s no reason they can’t be available to everyone (at least virtually) on the web. So I hope you find this interesting, whoever you are, and if you have any feedback ,email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And of course, if anyone out there has a lot of money burning a hole in your pocket, this is available on my website, Recordmecca.
Note: These have just been sold, the listing is still on the Recordmecca site for those interested in taking a look.