Stuart Sutcliffe (The Beatles)

The late great Stuart Sutcliffe, former singer and bassist with The Beatles, tragically died 10 April 1962. Born 23 June 1940 he met John Lennon at Art School joined John Lennon’s skiffle band, the Quarrymen in 1960 alongside Paul McCartney whoformed a close working relationship with Lennon. George Harrison joined in 1958 as lead guitarist, By May 1960 they had tried several new names, including “Johnny and the Moondogs” and “the Silver Beetles”, They changed their name to”the Beatles” in mid-August 1960, and drummer Pete Best was recruited for five engagements in Hamburg, Germany

Unfortunately Stuart Sutcliffe tragically passed away in 1962 from a brain aneurism and Pete Best left and was replaced by Ringo Starr shortly before Paul McCartney John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Star hit the big time and released their first hit; “Love Me Do” in October, they became increasingly popular in the UK during 1963 and in the US in 1964. Their fans’ frenzied adulation became known as “Beatlemania”; during which McCartney was dubbed the cute Beatle. His contributions to the band’s early hits include: “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1963); co-written with Lennon, “Can’t Buy Me Love” (1964) and “We Can Work It Out” (1965); co-written with Lennon. In 1965 the Beatles were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) and they recorded the McCartney composition “Yesterday”, featuring a string quartet. It was the group’s first recorded use of classical music elements in their music and their first recording that did not include more than one band member, McCartney also composed 1966 Beatles’ hits “Paperback Writer” as “a satire of pop ambition” and “Eleanor Rigby”, which included a string octet.

Between 1962 and 1970 the group released twenty-two UK singles and twelve LPs, of which seventeen of the singles and eleven of the LPs became number ones. The band topped the US Billboard Hot 100 twenty times, and recorded fourteen number one albums as Lennon and McCartney became one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century and produced what some critics consider to be their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles and Abbey Road McCartney was the primary writer of five of their last six US number one singles: “Hello, Goodbye”, “Hey Jude”, which was the band’s most successful single ever, “Get Back”, “Let It Be” and “The Long and Winding Road”. Sadly though on 10 April 1970 Paul McCartney left the Beatles, however he went on to have a highly successful solo career and also formed Wings and collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and many more

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