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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:45 AM

Tony Sheridan, sang with The Beatles on first recordings, dead at 72

Source: MassLive.com

Tony Sheridan, a British singer who played with the early Beatles on several recordings in Hamburg in 1961, has died. He was 72.

A statement from his family posted on Facebook on Saturday read: "Our beloved father and friend! Thank you for your love and inspiration. You left us today at 12.00 pm."

Sheridan's June 1961 sessions for Polydor yielded the single "My Bonnie" with "The Saints" on the flip side. Sheridan sang lead backed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and original Beatles drummer Pete Best.

Credited to Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers, "My Bonnie" was first released in October 1961 and reached No. 5 in the German Hit Parade. According to Beatles legend, a Liverpool music fan asked then-record store manager Brian Epstein about the single, and set in motion events that would lead Epstein to become their manager and secure a recording contract for them with EMI. . .


Read more: http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/02/tony_sheridan_sang_with_the_be.html



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Reply Tony Sheridan, sang with The Beatles on first recordings, dead at 72 (Original post)
Faygo Kid Feb 2013 OP
Siwsan Feb 2013 #1
Norbert Feb 2013 #3
RevStPatrick Feb 2013 #2
KurtNYC Feb 2013 #4
boguspotus Feb 2013 #5
edbermac Feb 2013 #6

Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:50 AM

1. Oh, not another one! I've got the 'My Bonnie' 45rpm, stored away, somewhere.

It's not in good shape and I don't even remember how it came into my possession, but now I'm motivated to find that old record box. Unfortunately, I can only stare at the record, since I no longer have an actual record player!

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:50 PM

3. I have a copy

when it was re released in early 1964. It was an MGM record and a green picture sleeve.

Even though it was before they found their 'sound', I thought it was a good song.

RIP Tony.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:14 AM

2. RIP Tony...

 

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:00 PM

4. Found this video of Tony as the first British musician to play an electric guitar on

British television (where the instrument was allegedly banned). This is very Jerry Lee Lewis meet Chuck Berry/Buddy Holly and really shows his talent and appeal - 1959:

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Response to KurtNYC (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:24 PM

5. Awesome!

Thanks for finding this clip. He was a real good guitar player. And I think you couldn't get Fenders or other American made guitars in the UK at that time, so I think he's playing a Futurama - made in Czechoslovakia. You can see George play one in Hamburg too. I remember reading that he said the strings were about a half inch off the fingerboard

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:17 PM

6. Doing Skinny Minnie

RIP

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