Ex-Beatle still owes £20 on guitar he bought in 1961
Mar 1 2006
By Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo
IT might just be the most lyrical IOU ever penned.
A teenage musician called at the home of Liverpool merchant seaman Ivan Hayward one day in 1961 to look at an electric guitar he had for sale.
The 18-year-old was bowled over by the black Gretch Duo Jet guitar.
But he had only £70 of the £90 asking price and asked if he could write Mr Hayward an IOU for the rest.
It was written in the same hand that went on to pen Something, and Here Comes the Sun.
Perhaps it was the whirlwind of live gigs, perhaps it was the sudden fame, but Mr Hayward claims George Harrison forgot to pay him the £20 he owed.
The guitar became a favourite for George, and on his solo album Cloud 9 he explained how he bought it.
Mr Hayward still has the IOU at home in Buckinghamshire.
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