Toona Music News 3/27/19

  • It’s been revealed that George Harrison‘s legendary sitar featured on the Beatles‘ classic recordings was damaged. The Indian instrument was on loan from Harrison’s widow,  Olivia Harrison, to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
  • According to The Irish Examiner, a statement was just released by the museum explaining, “In 2016, during preparation for a temporary exhibition an unfortunate accident occurred causing partial damage to a sitar on loan from Olivia Harrison. The care and protection of objects entrusted to us is of the utmost importance and we take these matters extremely seriously. Following conservation assessment, one of the sitar’s gourds was fully repaired in consultation with leading experts, and no permanent damage was sustained. The sitar featured in the exhibition, which opened in September 2016, alongside a number of other significant objects generously on loan from Mrs. Harrison.” (The Irish Examiner)
  • In the new book, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga Of Rock’s Greatest Supergroup by author David BrowneGraham Nash revealed he dated none other than Barbra Streisand. Nash, who had relocated to San Francisco, hooked up with “Babs” in 1972 when she was in town filming the comedy, What’s Up Doc?.
  • reported: “Nash was renovating a home in hippie haven Haight-Ashbury, and they went on several dinner dates. While they never slept together, Nash wrote the tune ‘Another Sleep Song’ at Streisand’s L.A. home, which appeared on his 1974 album, Wild Tales.” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga Of Rock’s Greatest Supergroup will be published on April 2nd. (Page Six)
  • Roger Charlery — better known as Ranking Roger — for his work with Dave Wakeling in the English Beat and General Public, died on Tuesday (March 26th). Roger, who was 56, had been battling cancer, although no specific cause of death has been announced. A tribute was posted on the Beat’s official Facebook page, which reads: “He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter. Sadly Roger past away a few hours ago peacefully at his home surrounded by family. Roger’s family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time. More to follow in the coming days. RIP ROGER!” (The Guardian)
    • Stateside, the “English” Beat — as they were known in the U.S. — will be best remembered for their 1982 classic “Save It For Later.” In 1983, Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger left to form General Public and scored with 1984’s “Tenderness.”
  • File Under: “Has it really come to THIS???” The upcoming “Rock N’ Roll Dream Tour” featuring holograms of the late, great Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly is hitting the road in North America and Europe. In addition to the digital recreations of the deceased rockers, the tour “will feature a live band and backing singers, along with remastered audio.” North American dates are to be announced soon.
  • Roy Orbison, Jr. said of the “double bill”: “Dad jammed with Buddy in Lubbock, Texas and helped change music history by turning Buddy on to Norman Petty Studios; Buddy later returned the favor by recording two of Dad’s songs on his first Cricket’s (sic) album. How beyond cool and special that these two great friends, now get to tour the world together.”
    • Buddy Holly’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, added “Their long-time fans and a new generation of fans will now have the opportunity to see these great legends perform together in a unique setting, showcasing two of the finest, most influential, and beloved artists in music history.” (Press release)

CHECK IT OUT: The poster for the Roy Orbison /