Who was Anil Bhagwat?

Tabla - traditional Indian instrument

In April 1966 George Harrison was scheduled to record the pioneering "Love You To". On the morning of the session, he informed Abbey Road of significant issue. He would need someone to play the tabla - a two handed Indian drum.

Tabla players was a rare blank page in George Martin's encyclopaedia of session players. Frantic enquiries were made. Did anyone know any traditional Indian musicians?

Eventually a tabla player was tracked down. That afternoon Anil Bhagwat, a young engineering student, was collected from his flat in Earls Court in a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce. 

His contribution to the recording would earn him a name-check on the back cover of Revolver - full story here.

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