Stuart Sutcliffe

Died aged 21

Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 – 10 April 1962) was a Scottish-born painter and musician best known as the original bass guitarist for the Beatles. Sutcliffe left the band to pursue his career as a painter, having previously attended the Liverpool College of Art. Sutcliffe and John Lennon are credited with inventing the name, "Beetles", as they both liked Buddy Holly's band, the Crickets. The band used this name for a while until Lennon decided to change the name to "the Beatles", from the word beat. As a member of the group when it was a five-piece band, Sutcliffe is one of several people sometimes referred to as the "Fifth Beatle". When he performed with the Beatles in Hamburg, he met photographer Astrid Kirchherr, to whom he was later engaged. After leaving the Beatles, he enrolled in the Hamburg College of Art, studying under future pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi, who later wrote a report stating that Sutcliffe was one of his best students. Sutcliffe earned other praise for his paintings, which mostly explored a style related to abstract expressionism. While studying in Germany, Sutcliffe began experiencing severe headaches and acute sensitivity to light. In April 1962 he collapsed in the middle of an art class after complaining of head pains. German doctors performed various checks, but were unable to determine the exact cause of his headaches. On 10 April 1962, he was taken to the hospital, but died in the ambulance on the way. The cause of death was later revealed to have been an aneurysm in his brain's right hemisphere.

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band member of The Dissenters 1960 and band member of The Beatles 1960-61

Commemorated on 2 plaques

This plaque commemorates John Lennon's 'other band' (which never played a note) The Dissenters writer Bill Harry (1939-) musician John Lennon (1940-80) artist Stuart Sutcliffe (1941-62) artist Rod Murray (1937-) In June 1960 these 4 art students attended a poetry reading by Royston Ellis (The 'Paperback Writer' in Paul McCartney's song 1966); Ellis's work was heavily influenced by Allen Ginsberg and other Americans. Afterwards, the 4 came here to discuss what they'd heard. They were unimpressed and decided to put Liverpool 'on the map' each in their own way as 'The Dissenters'; The rest is...

Ye Cracke, 13 Rice Stree, Liverpool, United Kingdom where he formed a band (1960)

The Beatles on tour. St. Thomas' Hall. 50th anniversary of the appearance of Johnny Gentle and his group The Silver Beetles. George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Tommy Moore & Stuart Sutcliffe 25th May 1960

, Keith, United Kingdom where he played (1960)