Tony Sheridan, like original Beatles drummer Pete Best, had to spend the rest of his career in the extremely daunting shadow of the biggest rock band ever.
s any Beatles fan knows, the very first Beatles record wasn't actually a Beatles record. The single "My Bonnie" was credited to Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers, but those "brothers" were actually John, Paul, George, and Pete (Best, who preceded Ringo as the Beatles' drummer).
Tony Sheridan, who died last weekend at his home in Germany at the age of 72, was a British rocker who found popularity in Hamburg, Germany in the early 1960s. As fate would have it, the young Beatles arrived in Hamburg at a time when Sheridan found himself without a band. The four lads from Liverpool soon became Sheridan's back up band, and out of this collaboration came the first "Beatles" recordings.
As we all know, it was the Beatles whom success smiled upon, and Tony Sheridan, like original Beatles drummer Pete Best, had to spend the rest of his career in the extremely daunting shadow of the biggest rock band ever.
The success of the Beatles meant that those early recordings would become quite famous, but Sheridan struggled to find success in his own right. He continued to perform in Hamburg for some years, but a change in style from rock and roll to blues and jazz cost him many fans.
In 1967, Sheridan performed for the allied troops in Vietnam, but his band was fired upon and one of his bandmates was killed, but news agency Reuters mistakenly reported that it was Sheridan who had been killed.
On his return to Germany, Sheridan hosted a radio show and occasionally performed, but he released no music between 1966 and 1974. He recorded and performed sporadically for the remainder of his career. His last release, Chantal Meets Tony Sheridan, featured a song Sheridan co-wrote with Paul McCartney in 1962 titled "Tell Me If You Can."
Sheridan is survived by his four children. His oldest son, Tony Jr. is a rockabilly singer/guitarist living in the U.S.