In case you aren’t aware of it, COMBO offers the services of an ombudsman to paid members. One member recently called and asked if we could help her solve a problem. She had been asked to perform at a private event and was promised a set amount of pay … which she did not get after performing. Our mediator called and worked out a solution so said musician sent a very nice ‘thank you’ note.

“Thank you for your assistance with obtaining the wages that were owed to me from [said event].

Your persistence with the company along with your affable approach not only got me my pay- check but also gave me the option to work with [said event] again. You kept the door open!

I really appreciate that you were tenacious throughout the process and quickly achieved results. You are like a guardian angel to musicians. Thank you every so much!”

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(Reuters) – An electric guitar played by George Harrison on British television before the Beatles’ U.S. “invasion” fetched $657,000 at auction on Saturday in New York, topping pre-sale estimates, Julien’s Auctions said.

Harrison, who died in 2001 at age 58, played the black-and-white 1962 Rickenbacker 425 electric guitar on 1963 ap1963 appearances on the British TV shows “Ready Stead Go!” and “Thank Your Lucky Stars” with the Beatles.

Harrison also played the guitar during the sessions when the Beatles recorded “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “This Boy” in October 1963, months before they brought “Beatlemania” to the United States, launching the British Invasion of rock bands.

The guitar was estimated to sell between $400,000 and $600,000, Julien’s said ahead of the auction.

Harrison bought the guitar in 1963 in Mount Vernon, Illinois, while visiting his sister in the United States, the auction house said.

Also sold at the auction was a handwritten placard with doodles signed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono from their 1969 anti-war “bed-in” in Montreal, which fetched $187,000. A Hofner bass rented by Paul McCartney in the mid-1960s sold for $125,000.

Other notable sales from the auction included a white jumpsuit worn by Elvis Presley during a 1971 concert that fetched $197,000, and 1990 red Rolls-Royce Corniche III convertible owned and used by Lady Gaga that sold for $125,000.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Matt Driskill)


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