Birth name: Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity
Born: 21 May 1940 Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK
Died: 16 February 2013 (aged 72) Hamburg, Germany
Genres: Rock, rock and roll
Occupation(s): Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, violin
Tony Sheridan (Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity; 21 May 1940 – 16 February 2013) was an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was best known as an early collaborator of the Beatles (though the record was labelled as being with "The Beat Brothers"), one of two non-Beatles (the other being Billy Preston) to receive label performance credit on a record with the group, and the only non-Beatle to appear as lead singer on a Beatles recording which charted as a single.
Biography Tony Sheridan
Born 21. May 1940 in Norwich, England, Anthony Esmond O`Sheridan McGinnity, son of an English mother and Irish father. In 1956 he formed his first (skiffle) group, visiting London in late 1957 and finally moving to Soho in 1958. There he quickly became a sought-after session musician, accompanying such U.S. artistes as Conway Twitty, Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran on U.K. tours, and 1958/59 played lead guitar in Vince Taylor`s Playboys.
In producer Jack Goode`s BBC-T.V. “Oh Boy” show, Tony became the first young rock musician ever to be allowed to play live electric guitar on British T.V. 1959 saw Tony on tour with his trio together, with Brian Bennett and Brian “Liquorice” Locking (both later with Cliff Richard`s Shadows). It was on their last fateful tour with Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran that Eddie died in a car crash near Bristol.
In June 1960 Tony and the Jets (a make-shift group from Soho) went to Hamburg, appearing at the “Kaiserkeller”. Shortly after Tony moved to the Top Ten Cub on Hamburg`s Reeperbahn. Here he was accompanied by various groups: e.g. Gerry & the Pacemakers – but none was more destined to world repute than the Beatles, at that time featuring Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe. The Beatles did not only back Tony on stage – they all lived together for several months, during which time Paul, John and George learned much, calling Sheridan the “Teacher”, a term which Paul uses to this day when speaking of Tony.
Invited by producer / band leader Bert Kaempfert into the studio in 1961, Tony and the Beatles recorded several titles for Polydor. The ensuing recording helped pave the way for the Beatles` later career. (Later, Tony was awarded a gold L.P. for well over 1,000,000 sales of the Sheridan / Beatles L.P.). On their return to England, Ringo Starr joined Tony`s band in Hamburg, Ringo gaining much experience for his later move to the Beatles. A reunion with the Beatles (now with Ringo) took place at the opening of the Star-Club in 1962 where Tony and the Beatles appeared on the same bill.
During the early Hamburg years, Tony Sheridan recorded several albums for Polydor with diverse groups, the most popular recordings (e.g. the long-term hit “Skinny Minny”) being with the Big Six from Glasgow.