The Beatles’ ‘teacher’ Tony Sheridan dies
Monday 18 February 2013
Tony Sheridan, the guitarist and singer-songwriter who had The Beatles as his back-up band before they hit the big time, died at the weekend in Hamburg, Germany.
The 72-year-old’s death was confirmed by his daughter Wendy Clare Sheridan-McGinnity.
Sheridan starred on The Beatles’ first commercial recording after they met in 1960. At that point the band was comprised of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison on guitar with Stuart Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums.
They performed together under the name Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers on recordings of “When The Saints Go Marching In,” “My Bonnie” and “Ain’t She Sweet”.
Sheridan was born Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity in Norwich in 1940.
As a successful session musician he toured with Chubby Checker, Jerry Lee Lewis and other American musicians in the Sixties. He moved to Germany in the 1970s and performed with Elvis Presley’s backing group in 1978.
McCartney, who reportedly referred to Sheridan as “the teacher”, was a big fan and the pair wrote “Tell Me If You Can” together in 1962.
He leaves two daughters and three sons.
Arts & Ents blogs
Under The Skin, film review: Scarlett Johansson is full-blooded as femme fatale alien
Doctor Who: Keeley Hawes to star alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman
Best films on Netflix: 32 movies that will put an end to your scrolling
Boy George: Bad karma
Disney's Frozen is 'very evil' gay propaganda, says Christian pastor
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
- 1 Is your name now 'banned' in Saudi Arabia?
- 2 Tony Benn meets Ali G: Watch Labour veteran burn Sacha Baron Cohen
- 3 Women do experience two different types of orgasm, study reveals
- 4 Istanbul protesters take 'Ellen selfie' from the back of a police van
- 5 Lady Gaga has struggled with eating disorders in the past, so it's indefensible that she's glamourising bulimia in her SXSW set