Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers recorded an album in Hamburg in 1961. That’s what some regard as the total contribution of Tony Sheridan (TS) to music.
There’s much more to the man and boyhood friend Alan Mann approached him to write his biography in the hope of telling his remarkable story.
This was achieved by meeting Tony but also sending questions by email for him to answer and comment on.
At first TS agreed to co-operate with Alan but for some unknown reason decided to withdraw from the project and started to issue legal threats. Alan decided to write a revised biography from the information he had gathered & notes he had accumulated before the breakdown in communication. What we are left with is basically a near 100 page interview with TS with links by the author, concluding with an informative glossary.
It’s a remarkable story told chronologically from his days in his home city of Norwich and the beginning of skiffle music with his first band the Saints, through rock ‘n’ roll at the 2 I’s, on TV with Cliff & company on Oh, Boy!, the fateful Eddie Cochrane/Gene Vincent tour, his first visit to Hamburg and we’ve only reached 1960!
There’s much more to Tony’s story, the history of the writing of the book is compelling in itself, but I don’t want to give too much away.
He may not have had 'success', and to be fair that's probably nobody's fault but his own, but at least he's remembered as the Teacher by a number of respected musicians including the Beat Brothers and yes, he did record an album with them in Hamburg in 1961…..