Beatles Mentor Tony Sheridan Is Dead At 72

Tony Sheridan, the singer and guitarist best known for employing the Beatles as his backing band in their early days, has died at the age of 72. Word of Sheridan's death came via news sources in Hamburg, Germany, where the Beatles occasionally backed Sheridan in the city's red light district.

Paul McCartney paid tribute to the band's early mentor in a statement on his official website:

"Tony was a good guy who we knew and worked with from the early days in Hamburg. We regularly watched his late night performances and admired his style. He will be missed."

Sheridan scored hits on his own with several tracks, including "Ain't She Sweet," "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Nobody's Child." The Fab Four also recorded with Sheridan on a track called "My Bonnie," which allegedly helped bring them to the attention of their future manger Brian Epstein.

"Goodbye to Tony Sheridan," Ringo Starr wrote on Twitter on Monday. "I had a great month 1960-61, playing with him was great."

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