Life tragedy "fifth Beatle"

• Personal tragedy, "the fifth Beatle"

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1940, Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe) grew up in Liverpool, England.

From an early age he showed his outstanding artistic talent. Earning money as a scavenger, Stewart entered the Liverpool College of Art. In his class he was considered one of the best artists working primarily in an abstract expressionist style.

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1961. Stuart Sutcliffe poses for a portrait in Liverpool, England.

It was in college, he met a classmate of John Lennon, who was his neighbor. After Sutcliffe sold one of his paintings for huge in those days 65 pounds, John convinced him to buy a bass guitar - despite the fact that the guy could barely play - and join Lennon's band he created with friends Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

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1960. An early version of The Beatles, John Lennon photographed: manager Allan Williams, his wife Beryl, a business partner of Lord Woodbine, Stuart Sutcliffe, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best.

The band's name has changed many times. After joining Sutcliffe and Lennon offered Beetles name ( "Bugs"), by analogy with the group Crickets ( "Crickets") on vocals Buddy Holly (Buddy Holly). Within a few months, it became the name of the first in the Silver Beetles, then Silver Beatles, and in the end - in the Beatles.

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1960. The Silver Beatles - Stuart Sutcliffe, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Johnny Hutch drummer and George Harrison - acts in Liverpool.

"It was not really a very good musician. In fact, he was not a musician at all, until we started talking to him about buying a bass guitar. He picked up a few things, and he's a bit worked. It was a bit silly, but it did not matter at the time, because he looked so cool "(George Harrison).

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1961. Sutcliffe played bass with The Beatles in the club Top Ten Club in Hamburg.

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Together with a hastily selected drummer Pete Best Sutcliffe and The Beatles went to Hamburg to perform in clubs and gain experience.

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Sutcliffe on stage with The Beatles in the club in Hamburg.

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1960. Sutcliffe performs with The Beatles in the club Top Ten Club in Hamburg.

There Sutcliffe fell in love with photographer Astrid Kirchherr (Astrid Kirchherr), who became his bride in two months. It was she who came up with him a haircut, which was subsequently adopted the rest of the group.

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1961. Astrid Kirchherr and Stuart Sutcliffe posing together in Hamburg.

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However escalated relationships within the group. Paul McCartney wanted the guy left the band, because then he would become the bass player. Once the conflict is even turned into a real fight on the Top Ten Club scene.

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Sutcliffe played bass behind John Lennon and George Harrison in the club Top Ten Club in Hamburg.

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1961. John Lennon sings and plays guitar with Stuart Sutcliffe and George Harrison in the club Top Ten Club in Hamburg.

In 1961, Sutcliffe left The Beatles, to focus on the art and life of Astrid. He won a scholarship for post-graduate students of the Hamburg College of Art, hoping to learn from the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi.

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1961. Sutcliffe plays behind George Harrison.

However, his career was cut short when the April 10, 1962, at the age of 21, he died of a brain hemorrhage after a series of severe headaches.

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Sutcliffe's face can still be seen on the far left side of the album cover Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.