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Stuart Sutcliffe

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Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 – 10 April 1962) was an artist, and the original bassist of The Beatles for two years. Sutcliffe earned praise for his paintings, which mostly explored a style related to Abstract Expressionism. Sutcliffe is one of the group of people sometimes referred to “the fifth Beatle”.

Sutcliffe and John Lennon are credited with coming up with the name for the Beatles, as they both liked Buddy Holly’s band, the Crickets. Sutcliffe played with the Beatles in Hamburg, where he met photographer Astrid Kirchherr, to whom he was later engaged. He enrolled in the Hamburg College of Art after leaving The Beatles, and studied under future pop artist, Eduardo Paolozzi.

Sutcliffe suffered from debilitating headaches while he was studying in Hamburg, and although tests were carried out by German doctors, no reason could be found for his worsening condition. He died on the way to hospital in April 1962, with Kirchherr sitting alongside him in the ambulance.

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  • imlivingin60s

    my favorite beatle, one of the greatest artists.. he will always live in my heart.

    1 Apr 3:23pm Reply
  • PCNoan

    Happy Birthday Stuart Sutcliffe!

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Fem1s

    Happy Birthday Stu!

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • talita_mendes

    sz

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • HungryGeorgerus

    Thank you Stuart. I think God (if he is really there) Is a fool. Why did he do that? I can't believe you aren't here for more than 50 years.

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Awesome person, such a shame to see his life ended so shortly, would of been interesting to see what would of happened if he survived, possible 5th Beatle? Sucks he is almost forgotten and if you were to poll some Beatles "fans" they probably would have no idea who he was or what he did. R.I.P Stu. [2]

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • BiIIyShears

    Awesome person, such a shame to see his life ended so shortly, would of been interesting to see what would of happened if he survived, possible 5th Beatle? Sucks he is almost forgotten and if you were to poll some Beatles "fans" they probably would have no idea who he was or what he did. R.I.P Stu.

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • nacamonga

    MattPeche, HE WAS MORE THAN A BEATLES, IF HE WANST BE WHAT HE WAS THE BEATLES AS WE KNOW IT ISNT WOULD BE THIS WAY, CAUSE JOHN WOULD NOT LIKE HE WAS, SO, SHUT UP!

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • whohoojam

    Stu

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • MattPeche

    He never was a Beatle, just a member of The Beatles. [3]

    17 Oct 2010 Reply
  • SpikeDoe

    He never was a Beatle, just a member of The Beatles. [2]

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • 40Sutcliffe

    Stuart is the best!

    13 Jan 2010 Reply
  • FrankTyrell

    He never was a Beatle, just a member of The Beatles.

    9 Dec 2009 Reply
  • misachaan

    Let me just eat him up. (:

    17 Sep 2009 Reply
  • godonnygo

    This guy invented gangsta rap in the early 60s. Take that Schoolly D!

    16 Sep 2009 Reply
  • BritPopMyLife

    He is James dean & a beatle in one. i love him

    10 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Dezza1

    Best Beatle Ever

    5 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Karupin

    When I watched In His Life: John Lennon Story or read John's story, the part I loved best is the one about Stuart and Astrid. He's really handsome <3

    6 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Pingasforce

    He's handsome D:

    21 Jun 2009 Reply
  • felipe8a

    April 10th is also the date that the Beatles broke up. Coincidence???

    12 Apr 2009 Reply
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