Tony Sheridan, the British singer, songwriter and guitarist who once fronted the Beatles has died in Hamburg, Germany. He was 72.
Back in 1961 and 1962 Sheridan and the Beatles recorded nine songs together under the name Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers. Sheridan sang seven of them — “My Bonnie,” “The Saints,” “Why (Can’t You Love Me Again),” “Nobody’s Child,” “Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby,” “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Swanee River.” The other two tracks were Beatles performances — “Cry for a Shadow,” an instrumental by Lennon and Harrison, and “Ain’t She Sweet,” sung by Lennon.
When Beatles fans heard the record it set the stage for them to get their own recording contract and the rest is history.