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Another Long-Lost Musical Treasure Connected To The Beatles Has Been Discovered In An Attic

At one point a little known singer got support from George Harrison and Ringo Starr

Who is Ustad Aashish Khan? Many music fans would be asking this question now, as a long-lost track featuring Khan as the lead singer was discovered in an attic by its composer, 50 years after its recording.

As many outlets report, composer Suresh Joshi, 77, said he met The Beatles stars when he was recording music for a documentary at Trident Studios in 1968, the same time as the group was recording “Hey Jude.”

According to the British daily Evening Standard, Mr. Joshi said that when he first met Harrison, who died in 2001, he came across as “very lonely.”

Mr. Joshi said Harrison told him he wanted to do something different, so he composed and produced a “rock song in an Indian style.”

Singer Ashish Khan performed the vocals on the track while Harrison played the guitar, and Starr offered to accompany him on drums.

Mr. Joshi said: “It was a miracle for me to have big stars like that play for me.”

Harrison was known to have been inspired by Indian music and culture and Mr. Joshi said he turned to meditation to give him confidence.

The song was never released as they all moved on to other projects.

“Radhe Shaam,” the song they recorded together was played recently for the first time at Liverpool Beatles Museum.

As the daily notes, it was only during the lockdown, when Mr. Joshi was speaking to family friend Deepak Pathak, that he encouraged him to try to find the tape, which was in a box in the loft of his Birmingham home.

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