Morning Man Classic: Stuart Sutcliffe!
If you’ve seen the movie Backbeat – and I strongly suggest you do if you have not – then you already know the story of Stuart Sutcliffe.
He was the original bassist for The Beatles but quit the band before they became The Beatles.
Sutcliffe met John Lennon while both were studying at Liverpool College of Art In May 1960 and he joined Sutcliffe joined Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison in a group then known as “the Silver Beatles.” The drummer was Pete Best who was later replaced by Ringo Starr.
Sutcliffe’s popularity grew after he began wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses and tight trousers on stage.
But he was an artist at heart and in July 1961, Sutcliffe decided to leave the group and enroll at the Hamburg College of Art.
Tragically, he collapsed in the middle of an art class in 1962 and not long after that died of a cerebral haemorrhage at the age of 21.
Yoko Ono later remembered that Lennon mentioned Sutcliffe’s name very often, saying that he was “[My] alter ego … a spirit in his world … a guiding force.”