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Tony Sheridan, the Star Club and the Beatles

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Tony Sheridan, the Star Club and the Beatles

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:15 pm

I read that Tony Sheridan recently died. He played at the Star Club in Hamburg and the Beatles were his backup band when they first recorded. I bring this up as the news of his passing stirred up old memories. Back around 1974, my best friend's ex-girlfriend (Maureen) married a former rock drummer. He played with Johnny and the Hurricanes, also when they were at the Star Club, and knew the Beatles back then. (Not to be confused with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, a British group that also played the Star Club.)

Anyways, since I couldn't remember the drummer's name, I did a quick google search. According to Wiki, Johnny Paris had a revolving set of bandmates, but no names were mentioned. When I met the unnamed drummer, he still had his kit in his basement rec room, along with a framed promo picture of the band from back in the day and at least one record on the wall. No, it wasn't "Red River Rock."

Any local rock historians know more about this?
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Re: Tony Sheridan, the Star Club and the Beatles

Postby minicat » Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:34 pm

There's a pic of the mid-'60s band here. I was hoping there'd be a list of players on here for you, but unfortunately there's not.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SEALED-1965-ORI ... 1c2f956e9a
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Re: Tony Sheridan, the Star Club and the Beatles

Postby dave esmond » Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:20 pm

Some band members are listed here.

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Johnny+And+The+Hurricanes

I'll check some covers tonight and see if anyone else is mentioned.
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Re: Tony Sheridan, the Star Club and the Beatles

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:44 pm

I did find this. Check out the poster from the Star Club. Johnny and the Hurricanes headlined a show with the Beatels (sic) and Tony Sheridan as opening acts.

I asked Ms Vilas what she remember about meeting Johnny's drummer. We both thought his first name was Bob. Forty year old memories can be kinda vague.
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