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Ringo's Famous Hot Water Bottle Collection...
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16 March 2013
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It is a shame they never recorded that Oh Bugger My Hot Water Bottle Burst In The Night, Let It Be would feel more complete if it had a Ringo song. 

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I do not see why this topic is not being treated with the seriousness that it deserves. If you google "ringo starr hot water bottle" four of the top five entries on this subject are from this site, showing us up for the experts we are.

Sotherby's came close to auctioning what was claimed to be one of Ringo's most infamous hot water bottles in the early '90s, the one given him by Bob Dylan in 1965, and went on to inspire one of Dylan's greats. It was a 1942 American vulcanised rubber model originally owned by Woody Guthrie.

When Woody was hospitalised, realising he would no longer be huddling up by campfires, he passed it on to Pete Seeger, hoping it would give him a little warmth on his hobo travels. Two days after first seeing Dylan at the Green Bottle in Greenwich Village, New York, Seeger passed the hot water bottle to Dylan — recognising him as Guthrie's natural heir.

Dylan first met The Beatles in 1964 and was impressed at Ringo's ability as the group's taster. Touring the UK in 1965, in an infamous scene cut from Don't Look Back, only seen on some of the bootleg DVDs of outtakes, Dylan is seen handing the hot water bottle to Ringo and telling him, "A little water in the bottom, blow it full of smoke. The best hit you'll ever get, man!"

Sometime later that year, or at the beginning of 1966, Dylan wrote 4th Time Around about the various hands the hot water bottle had passed through, though obviously disguising it to cover up its true meaning.

It was this hot water bottle that Sotherby's claimed to have for sale in the early '90s. In their catalogue description they claimed, "Still containing the water from the last time Ringo used it."

The sale was scuppered when Ringo, asked about it in an interview, said, "I always emptied the water. You rot the rubber if you don't."

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