The Beatles' Former Collaborator Tony Sheridan Dies Aged 72

The singer was first backed by The Beatles before they hit the bigtime

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Tony Sheridan, the former mentor and collaborator of The Beatles, has passed away at the age of 72.

The singer and guitarist, who met the legendary English band in the early 1960s, passed away on Saturday in his hometown of Hamburg, Germany, with his family announcing the news on Facebook. “Our beloved father and friend! Thank you for your love and inspiration. You left us today at 12.00pm,” the message read.


Tony Sheridan has passed away at the age of 72 (YouTube)

Sheridan first met The Beatles, which at the time consisted of Paul McCartney, Pete Best, John Lennon and George Harrison in Hamburg in the 1960s when Sheridan became a mentor for the band before eventually collaborating with them on a handful of tracks and even releasing an album, 'Tony Sheridan and The Beatles.'

Sheridan has toured with the likes of Chuck Berry and Chubby Checker and has been credited as being the first British artist to play the electric guitar on TV. McCartney often referred to him as “The Teacher” in light of his role of mentoring the early Beatles line-up.

The late released his final album, Vagabond, in 2002.

Listen to The Beatles with Tony Sheridan - Ya Ya (Part 1&2)...

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