Stuart Sutcliffe

1940 - 1962

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Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 – 10 April 1962) was a Scottish painter and musician better known as the original bass guitarist of the English rock band the Beatles. Sutcliffe left the band to pursue his career as a painter, having previously attended the Liverpool College of Art. Sutcliffe and John Lennon are credited with inventing the name "Beetles", as they both liked Buddy Holly's band, the Crickets. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stuart Sutcliffe has received more than 1,934,900 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Stuart Sutcliffe is the 80th most popular musician (up from 86th in 2019), the 371st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 375th in 2019) and the 24th most popular British Musician.

Stuart Sutcliffe was a founding member of the Beatles. He played bass guitar and was one of the original members of the band. He was a good friend of John Lennon and was the only member of the Beatles to be born outside of the United Kingdom. He left the band in 1961 to pursue a career as an artist.

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Among musicians, Stuart Sutcliffe ranks 80 out of 2,675Before him are Duke Ellington, Cliff Burton, Yehudi Menuhin, Baroness Mary Vetsera, Nat King Cole, and Giorgio Moroder. After him are Lou Reed, Cosima Wagner, Richard Wright, Maurice Gibb, Angus Young, and Paco de Lucía.

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Among people born in 1940, Stuart Sutcliffe ranks 37Before him are Joseph Brodsky, Abbas Kiarostami, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Julie Christie, Giorgio Moroder, and Kip Thorne. After him are George A. Romero, Tabaré Vázquez, Nancy Pelosi, Dario Argento, Nancy Sinatra, and Burhanuddin Rabbani. Among people deceased in 1962, Stuart Sutcliffe ranks 16Before him are Yves Klein, Georges Bataille, Arthur Compton, Gaston Bachelard, Princess Marie Bonaparte, and Auguste Piccard. After him are Michael Curtiz, Hans Luther, Vasily Stalin, Fritz Kreisler, Natalia Goncharova, and Charles Laughton.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Stuart Sutcliffe ranks 371 out of 6,924Before him are Thomas Cook (1808), Mary Somerville (1780), Robert Edwards (1925), John Knox (1514), Edmund I (921), and Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885). After him are William Godwin (1756), Henry Moseley (1887), Thomas Carlyle (1795), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), George Eliot (1819), and Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (1887).

Among MUSICIANS In United Kingdom

Among musicians born in United Kingdom, Stuart Sutcliffe ranks 24Before him are Ritchie Blackmore (1945), Roger Taylor (1949), John Deacon (1951), Brian Jones (1942), Syd Barrett (1946), and Lemmy (1945). After him are Richard Wright (1943), Angus Young (1955), Robert Fripp (1946), John Dowland (1563), Sid Vicious (1957), and Gary Moore (1952).