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How a Norwich boy taught The Beatles how to rock and roll

Sunday, May 20, 2018

It was 55 years ago this week when four young lads headed into Norwich to make music... and they had been “taught” how to play rock ‘n’ roll in Germany by a city-born rebel rouser.

When they played the Grosvenor Ballroom, Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, on May 17, 1963, I doubt if anyone realised their links with one Norwich man.

Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity, known as Tony Sheridan, never got the credit he deserved. When it came to playing the guitar he was the one they all looked up to.

The boys who called him “The Teacher” were The Beatles who went on to become the biggest pop group the world has ever seen.

Mention his name to many of the top names from the music scene in the late 50s/early 60s and they will say: “Tony Sheridan. The guitarist. What a character. I never know he came from Norwich.”

Source: Derek James/edp24.co.uk

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