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

16:27 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.

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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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3 comments

  • On Streetlife last week I offered a FREE disco to any village hall, social club or pub that would give money raised to a charity. My offer is for Friday 17th May which will be 50 years since the Beatles performed in Norwich. I said I would be playing 60's + 70's with lots of Beatles including tracks from Tony Sheridan. Now Tony would have been 73 on May 21st and I make my offer on here. Abracadabradisco Nch 898340 In memory of The Beatles in Norwich and the Norwich boy, Tony Sheridan. RIP Tony.

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    Christopher Neave

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • I am very sorry to hear that Tony has left us and offer my condolences to his family in Germany, sister and brother here in England. Tony went to CNS school before his career as the great rock'n'roll guitarist in Germany at the Top Ten club. RIP Tony.

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    Christopher Neave

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • Tony in Hamberg 1962 http:www.youtube.comwatch?v=-HsiP5aDc5k

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    Christopher Neave

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

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