Sitar player extraordinaire Ravi Shankar died on Tuesday from complications following heart surgery. He was 92.
Although the Indian born Shankar had performed all over the globe for many years, it wasn’t until his association with George Harrison of The Beatles that Shankar became an international superstar in his own right. Although Shankar has long been associated with the Quiet Beatle, it was actually Roger McGuinn of the Byrds who introduced the two at the home of Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1965. To have been a fly on the wall at that party.
Shankar was also the father of singer Norah Jones although they had a distant relationship.
Here is Shankar blowing away minds at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival including those of Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas and Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees.