Transcript of the Liner notes by Tony Sheridan
I first met the Beatles in Hamburg in 1961 when I was playing in a new club just around the corner from the Reeperbahn. They were working at a place just down the road, as I later found out, and every night when they were through they used to come up and watch us. I remember noticing them the first time they came. They wore cowboy boots, leather jackets and — at that time — contemporary haircuts. Well, we gradually got to know each other, and I got to enjoy their visits. I remember being very impressed by their musical eagerness, and personalitywise also they made a great impres-sion on me. After o while they went back to Liverpool to play at the Cavern, I think, but then returned to Hamburg some time later when I was playing at the Top Ten club on the Reeperbahn. I was without a band at that time, and so we got together.
They backed me in my solo numbers, and I played guitar with them when they did their spots. One night, Bert Kaempfert came into the Top Teecr::;rd producer himself as an A&R man and oducer and nd asked us if we would like to record. We said OK, and the result of the first recording session was My Bonnie,. The Saints, Cry for a Shadow and Why. Bert Kaempfert and all the other guys at the diskery were very excited about the waxings, but we didn't think very much of them, and although My Bonnie as a single release sold quite well in Germany, nothing fantastic happened at the time. Just for the record, I'd like to mention here that there were five Beatles in those days: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Pete Best (who was replaced later by Ringo Starr) and Stuart Sutcliffe who died so tragically in Hamburg. Those were the original Beatles to be heard on this disc. Their engagement at the Top Ten finished and they went back home to Liverpool once more.
Their last appearances in Hamburg included Christmas 1962/3 at the Star Club, after which they returned to England and had their unprece-dented rise to fame. The rest is history.
|Album Production:||Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers|
|Label Information:||Contour CN 2007, Manufactured & Distributed by Pickwick International|
|Vinyl Format:||12" LP|
|Year & Country||1962 Made in England|
Band Members and Musicians on: The Beatles Featuring Tony Sheridan Collector's Edition
Track Listing of: The Beatles Featuring Tony Sheridan Collector's Edition