Singer and guitarist Tony Sheridan passed away yesterday of complications from heart surgery. He was 72.
Sheridan is best known for his collaboration with The Beatles during their days in Hamburg, West Germany. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best served as Sheridan's back up band and in 1961 recorded their first song "My Bonnie" with Sheridan on lead vocals. The record was issued as by Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers.
Their collaboration almost didn't happen. The year before, Sheridan was playing on the same bill with Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent during a tour of England. When Sheridan asked Cochran and Vincent a ride to the next gig they refused. They ended up saving his life. Cochran and Vincent were in a car accident resulting in the death of Cochran and severe injuries to Vincent.
Sheridan cheated death a few years later in Vietnam performing for American troops. He and his band were fired upon killing one of his band members. British newspapers erroneously reported that he had been killed.
I leave you with Sheridan discussing his time with The Beatles