Mar 1 2006
By Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo
It might just be the most lyrical IOU ever penned.
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.
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.
Mr Hayward still has the IOU at home in Buckinghamshire. His friend and fellow merchant seaman Bill Harrison said: "We were together when Ivan bought the guitar at Sam Goody's in New York in 1957. It cost $300, a lot of money then, but we were on good tips on the liners.
"He and his wife were thinking of emigrating and he decided to sell the guitar. Ivan had a taxi and he mentioned it to a member of the band called the Delacardoes who he was giving a lift to. He was going to advertise the guitar in the [Liverpool] Echo, but then a chap arrived at his home.
"He didn't know who he was, he was only a young lad, but he said he was looking for a fabulous guitar like this. He only had £70, so in the end they came to an agreement. He signed the back of the guitar customs' receipt 'Mr Hayward £20, G. Harrison'."
tale is retold in the new film Cunard Yanks which Mr Harrison, no
relation, has compiled from footage of voyages he filmed from the 1950s