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Norwich man Tony Sheridan - who taught the Beatles how to play - has died

PUBLISHED: 16:27 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:28 17 February 2013

Tony Sheridan

Tony Sheridan

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The Norwich man who taught The Beatles how to rock ’n’ roll, Tony Sheridan, is reported to have died in Germany at the weekend. He was 72.

He took The Beatles under his wing when they arrived in Germany in the early 1960s and they made their first recordings with him before becoming the biggest band in the world.

It was the record My Bonnie which first caused Brian Epstein to take an interest in the young lads from Liverpool making a name for themselves in Europe.

“You could always tell there was something special about them,” said Tony, looking back on some crazy days in Hamburg when The Beatles were his backing band.

At the time Tony was a star attraction in Germany - a pioneering rock ‘n’ roll rebel and the leather-clad boys from Liverpool learned their craft watching and listening to the man from Norwich they called “The Teacher.”

For a tribute to Tony Sheridan and some rare images of him with the Beatles buy Monday’s Norwich Evening News.

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