The 60's window of Frank Hessy in Liverpool who supplied John, Paul, George and Ringo

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Lesley Rigby on June 21, 2010

Hessy's were Liverpool's other main supplier of musical instruments. The shop was run by Frank Hessy, ably assisted by Jim Gretty. Gretty was the man who sold John his first real guitar for £ 17 in 1957. As a salesman he prided himself in the fact that he would give any purchaser a free lesson of the three basic chords. It's not known if John made use of his free lesson. After becoming the Beatles' manager, one of Brian Epstein's first tasks was to settle the outstanding credit due to Hessy's for the group's instruments. The sum amounted to £ 200 - thousands of pounds by today's standards

jeff_msn123 on June 22, 2010

Great collection of Beatles stuffs.

Cheers, Jeff

John de Crom on June 22, 2010


Lesley Rigby on June 22, 2010

Hello there Jeff!! So pleased you appreciate it my Hong Kong friend. Thanks a million for the visit!

Happy smiles John!

Hugs to both, Lesley

Ronecol on June 29, 2010

Impressive collection Lesley. And thanks for the Frank Hessy explanation. One of a zillion Beatles trivia no doubt. I guess like you I really wasn't much into them during the craze but now enjoy some of their music. Have to say though I'm not at all currently enamored to Paul. :-(( I was really sad and sorry to see George go so young. I don't know if widely known but he did a lot of good stuff alone and with others after the break up.

Best, Ron

Lesley Rigby on June 29, 2010

Hi Ron! I quite agree over your feelings towards Paul. I think he must have been totally blind and mad to have married thatwoman. Hope you don't have sympathies towards her in Canada! :-))

George was wonderful and made some fantastic music with the Traveling Wilburys. :-))

Going to this concert in December. Hope it's good as sometimes they have terrible acts on trying to sing their songs. We walked out of the last concert when Paul's brother appeared :-(( Rubbish! :-)))

Best wishes, Lesley

Ronecol on June 30, 2010

Well hope the concert turns out to be really enjoyable Lesley. A few years ago in Sarasota, Florida there was a John Lennon art exhibit where they were selling for outlandish prices prints of some of his drawings. We went out of curiosity. I soon discovered that I had no appreciation for his "art" and wonder under what conditions some of it was created, if you know what I mean. :) We were astounded by what some people were actually paying for some of those prints.

Speaking of concerts - while docked in Toronto last week we went to see the Jersey Boys the Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Musical which was an excellent show. I don't know if it is or will be playing in the UK but if so and it's nearby I'd recommend it.

Best, Ron

Pantelis A. on August 14, 2010

Lots of happy memories!!! Lesley.

I like your Beatles museum!!!

So I have 2 main resons to add you in my prefeared list.

The other 1 is your perfect garden gallery.

Any relation with Eleanor Rigby?

I will be back.

Best regards from HELLAS, Pantelis

Lesley Rigby on August 16, 2010

Big smiles Pantelis as I'm always being asked that question! I think it very unlikely but I do live only 20mins away from where the Eleanor Rigby was buried. Here is a link to her gravestone image taken by me. :-))

I hope to see you again and a.s.a.p. I will visit your gallery which will be my pleasure. Thank you for your lovely words! :-))

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