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In his early life, Sheridan was influenced by his parents' interest in classical music, and by age seven, he had learned to play the violin. He eventually came to play guitar, and in 1956, formed his first band. In 1958, at 18, he began appearing on the BBC's Oh Boy, playing electric guitar. He was eventually offered a contract to perform at the Top Ten Club in Hamburg, Germany.
While performing in Hamburg between 1960 and 1963, Sheridan employed various backup bands. One such band, who met Sheridan during their first visit to Hamburg in 1960, worked with him on their second, in 1961. That band was the Beatles, then composed of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best. When German Polydor agent Bert Kaempfert saw the pairing on stage, he suggested that they make some recordings together. In 1962, after a series of singles (the first of which, "My Bonnie"/"The Saints" made it to #5 in the Hit Parade), Polydor released the album My Bonnie across Germany. Although the Beatles had enjoyed the joke in their stage performances, "Beatles" was judged to sound too similar to the German "peedles", a slang term for the penis, to be released under that name, and the album was credited to "Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers". After the Beatles had gained fame, the album was re-released in Britain, with the credit altered to "Tony Sheridan and the Beatles".
By 1967, Sheridan had become disillusioned with his Beatle-brought fame, and was more concerned by the Vietnam War, and agreed to perform for the Allied troops. While in Vietnam, however, the group he had assembled was fired upon, and one of the members was killed. Reuters reported that Sheridan himself had died. For his work entertaining the Allies, Sheridan was made an honorary Captain of the United States army.
In the early 1970s, Sheridan managed a German radio program of blues music, which was well-received. In 1978, the Star Club was reopened, and Sheridan performed there along with Elvis Presley's TCB Band.
On August 13, 2002, Sheridan released Vagabond , a collection largely of his own material, but also including a new cover version of "Skinny Minnie", a song he had years earlier recorded for his first album.
- My Bonnie with the Beat Brothers (1962)
- Just A Little Bit of Tony Sheridan with the Big Six (1964)
- My Babe with the Big Six (1965)
- Live in Berlin '73 (1974)
- On My Mind (private release) 1976
- Ich lieb Dich so (1986)
- Historical Moments with Rod Davis (2001)
- Vagabond (2002)
- PayBack Productions (2001, 2002) About Tony, retrieved Dec. 28, 2004
- http://www.tony-sheridan.de/start/biography.php?lang=en, retrieved Dec. 28, 2004
- Daniels, Frank (1998, 2000, 2001) The Beatles with Tony Sheridan, retrieved Jan. 1, 2005
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