With the life of one-time Beatle Stu Sutcliffe is again in the spotlight thanks to the play “Backbeat” currently running in London, his sister, Pauline, has just started the official fan club for her brother and released a track said to be him singing.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce the launch of the official Stuart Sutcliffe Fan Club. Can you believe it has taken almost 50 years?,” she said in a statement released Sunday
Membership in the club is free. To join the fan club, visit www.stuartsutcliffefanclub.com. Members will receive a regular newsletter from his sister related to the archives of her brother’s work. The club is also requesting that fans who are artists and writers to send in work to be featured. David Bedford (author of ‘Liddypool: Birthplace of The Beatles’) is heading up the club, along with artist Sherry Liscio.
In addition, an mp3 file of “Love Me Tender” labeled with his name has been released by the Sutcliffe estate and can be found at Amazon.co.uk and at left in the video. (Those in America won’t be able to buy the file from amazon.co.uk because of “geographic restrictions.”) We don’t know the details behind the recording, but it doesn’t sound like the Beatles are on it. But David Bedford says that it’s him singing, plus the fan club also has a link to it at Amazon.co.uk on their website with the label “sung by Stuart.”
Sutcliffe was born June 23, 1940 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His family moved to Liverpool soon after. He was introduced to John Lennon at the Liverpool College of Art by Bill Harry, editor of Mersey Beat, and went with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best to Hamburg in August 1960. It was Sutcliffe who influenced what became the Beatle haircut. When the rest of the group returned to Liverpool, Stuart stayed with his new girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr. He died at age 21 on April 10, 1962.
The “Backbeat” play continues at the Duke of York Theatre in London. Information: www.backbeatlondon.com.
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