Mt. Vernon Register-News

Features

July 23, 2011

Musically Speaking: Former Beatle did visit Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON — If you look on the first page of the MS Website (http://musicallyspeaking.mvn.net), you will see at the top-right a link for an article from the USA Today from early June, 2011.

Click on the link and you will be directed to the full story.

When I first saw this, I was immediately reminded of a story that my late-sister Judy told me about when I was eight or nine-years-old. That would have been 1965-66 for those that are keeping count.

Judy said that George Harrison of the Beatles had been in Mt. Vernon a few years earlier.

Now remember, at that point the Beatles were at the height of their popularity in the United States.

Years later, I did some investigating... because that’s what I do.

I found that Harrison did indeed visit the King City in 1963. And he came with a mission.

Turns out that Harrison, whose sister lived in Benton, 23 miles south on Illinois 37, came for a visit in Southern Illinois and decided that he wanted to buy a new electric guitar while here.

Also turns out that a King City music store owner had exactly what he wanted... almost.

Mt. Vernon guitar (and any other musical instrument that he desires to play) virtuoso Del Herbert has kept up with the local story over the years.

“I’ve seen some recent articles about this, what you’re talking about with Red Fenton,” said Herbert. “George Harrison, on one of his early, early trips, bought a Rickenbacker guitar from Red Fenton, when Fenton’s (Music Store) was down on South Tenth.”

But, Herbert said, the color may have posed a slight problem.

“The guitar was a different color (fire red). The story goes that George wanted a black guitar because, he said, ‘we’re playing black guitars’,” Herbert said. “Red told him to come back in a few days and it would be black.”

And it was. Now, the simple thought of that scenario has apparently provided the thought process that Herbert has used for these many years.

“When I see a Rickenbacker, I want to paint it black,” said Herbert, digressing again. “Like the beginning of that Rolling Stones song.”

George Harrison used that guitar on the next television show that the Beatles were on in England, one called “Ready, Steady, Go!”

The guitar now resides in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

“I don’t know for sure, but I’ve heard stories that Red Fenton may have seen a long-haired country boy back in the early sixties messing with a guitar,” Herbert said with a laugh. “He probably said to put that back up unless you mean to buy it. But, that may have been me that he was talking to, because that happened. But, like I said, that’s a rumor.”

With Del Herbert, you just never really know, do you?

Oh, by the way, Fenton’s Music Store was located in same building that is now occupied by our good friends at Main Street Records.

I hope that you have had an opportunity to hear last weekend’s MS show.

We were afforded the right to air quite a bit of music from the new double CD from our old friend Rob Whisenhunt. The new set is entitled, “Castles I (The Constant).”

Rob, Brian Alvis, Mike Ogle and I talked about the recording of the new tunes and they shared some of the inevitable stories that you would obviously expect from such sessions.

This Sunday, it is my intention to discuss a multitude of things with Jeff “Miller-Time” Miller.

Although Jeff has performed on MS numerous times (with the Swivel Rockers and Snake Lane Revue among others), this will be Jeff’s first interview appearance on this very program. That is, if the technological problems don’t continue to plague me as they have recently.

I intend to ask Miller-Time if he is on a personal-basis with John Denver, who got me to thinking about the Blue Ridge Mountains to begin with.

If Miller-Time doesn’t work out, I may just play some new renditions of classic Shawnee Indian tunes that my family may have handed down for generations, as far as you know.

Don’t forget to check out:  http://musicallyspeaking.mvn.net

You can send your comments to:  musicallyspeaking@mvn.net

Enjoy this weeks internet-radio show, and please be careful out there.

Don’t drink and drive or text and drive.

The Illinois State Police are counting on it.

  • Jack Clark is the host of "MUSICALLY SPEAKING," an internet-only local program. New shows will be available every Sunday evening at:  http://musicallyspeaking.mvn.net

1
Text Only
Features
  • The waffle taco's biggest enemy isn't McDonald's. It's consumer habits.

    Gesturing to Taco Bell, Thompson said McDonald's had "not seen an impact relative to the most recent competitor that entered the [breakfast] space," and that new competition would only make McDonald's pursue breakfast more aggressively.

    April 23, 2014

  • Cats outsmart the researchers

    I knew a lot had been written about dogs, and I assumed there must be at least a handful of studies on cats. But after weeks of scouring the scientific world for someone - anyone - who studied how cats think, all I was left with was this statement, laughed over the phone to me by one of the world's top animal cognition experts, a Hungarian scientist named Ádám Miklósi.

    April 22, 2014

  • Do your genes make you procrastinate?

    Procrastinators, in my experience, like nothing better than explaining away their procrastination: General busyness, fear of failure, and simple laziness are just a handful of the excuses and theories often tossed around. Now researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder have added another option to the list: genetics.

    April 21, 2014

  • Biggest student loan profits come from grad students

    This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.

    April 18, 2014

  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

    April 17, 2014

  • To sleep well, you may need to adjust what you eat and when

    Sleep.  Oh, to sleep.  A good night's sleep is often a struggle for more than half of American adults.  And for occasional insomnia, there are good reasons to avoid using medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription.

    April 16, 2014

  • Allergies are the real midlife crisis

    One of the biggest mysteries is why the disease comes and goes, and then comes and goes again. People tend to experience intense allergies between the ages of 5 and 16, then get a couple of decades off before the symptoms return in the 30s, only to diminish around retirement age.

    April 15, 2014

  • Screen shot 2014-04-11 at 4.49.09 PM.png Train, entertain your pets with these 3 smartphone apps

    While they may not have thumbs to use the phone, pets can benefit from smartphone apps designed specifically for them.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Millions of Android phones, tablets vulnerable to Heartbleed bug

    Millions of smartphones and tablets running Google's Android operating system have the Heartbleed software bug, in a sign of how broadly the flaw extends beyond the Web and into consumer devices.

    April 11, 2014

  • DayCareCosts.jpg Day care's cost can exceed college tuition in some states

    Most parents will deal with an even larger kid-related expense long before college, and it's a cost that very few of them are as prepared for: day care.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

Twitter Updates
Facebook
Stocks