London, South Kensington
26 September 2000
The Beatles And Tony Sheridan
A rare early musicians' salary receipt for The Beatles and Tony Sheridan for seven days work at the Top Ten Club, Hamburg, April 8th-14th, 1961, the agreement handwritten in German, in an unidentified hand, in blue ink, on a loose page of cash book paper titled Müsiken - Gehalter [Musicians Salaries] dated 8. - 14.4.61, individually listing the five Beatles and Tony Sheridan in the following order: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Stuart Sutcliffe, Peter Best and Tony Sheridan, and giving details of their matching salaries: 7 Jage á 35 = DM 245 [7 days at 35 deutsch marks] less tax, giving a total per week for each of DM 215, each line of the receipt signed individually by the recipient in blue ballpoint pen: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, J.W.Lennon, Stuart Sutcliffe, Peter Best and Tony Sheridan
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LEWISOHN, Mark The Complete Beatles Chronicle, London: Pyramid Books, 1992, pp.30-33 & 43
GOTTFRIDSSON, Hans Olof The Beatles From Cavern to Star-Club, Stockholm: Premium Publishing, 1997, pp. 66-68
The period covered by this receipt represents The Beatles' second week of their thirteen-week engagement at the Top Ten Club. When the Beatles arrived in Hamburg for their second period there, Tony Sheridan was already in residence at the Top Ten Club. The Beatles had been impressed by Sheridan's professionalism on their first visit to the city and when they weren't playing themselves, would watch him perform on stage. ...The Beatles imitated much of what Sheridan did on stage and according to [Alan] Williams also quickly became friends in private.... Now, in addition to their own performances, The Beatles regularly backed Tony Sheridan on stage. It was this association with Sheridan that lead to their first professional recording session which in turn led to the release of their dèbut single - My Bonnie/The Saints credited to Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers.
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