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Stuart Sutcliffe

1940 - 1962

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Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 – 10 April 1962) was a Scottish painter and musician best 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" (sic), 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 2,232,617 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Stuart Sutcliffe is the 125th most popular musician (down from 80th in 2019), the 538th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 370th in 2019) and the 35th 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 125 out of 2,662Before him are Chick Corea, Neil Young, John Dowland, Sid Vicious, Bill Wyman, and Joe Hisaishi. After him are Alice Cooper, Jacqueline du Pré, Till Lindemann, Roger Glover, Quincy Jones, and Mariss Jansons.

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Among people born in 1940, Stuart Sutcliffe ranks 50Before him are Eduardo Galeano, Raquel Welch, George A. Romero, Mario Andretti, Nancy Sinatra, and Thomas Harris. After him are Tarō Asō, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Nancy Pelosi, Denis Law, and James Cromwell. Among people deceased in 1962, Stuart Sutcliffe ranks 20Before him are Auguste Piccard, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Vasily Stalin, Natalia Goncharova, Hans Luther, and Fritz Kreisler. After him are René Coty, Michael Curtiz, Hans-Jürgen von Arnim, C. Wright Mills, Therese Neumann, and Bruno Walter.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Stuart Sutcliffe ranks 538 out of 7,765Before him are Richard Griffiths (1947), Raymond Cattell (1905), J. Bruce Ismay (1862), James III of Scotland (1451), Æthelberht, King of Wessex (836), and Chaim Herzog (1918). After him are Thomas Hardy (1840), Tony Buzan (1942), Jacqueline du Pré (1945), Helena Bonham Carter (1966), Annie Lennox (1954), and Isaac Barrow (1631).

Among MUSICIANS In United Kingdom

Among musicians born in United Kingdom, Stuart Sutcliffe ranks 35Before him are Mike Oldfield (1953), John Bonham (1948), Ronnie Wood (1947), John Dowland (1563), Sid Vicious (1957), and Bill Wyman (1936). After him are Jacqueline du Pré (1945), Roger Glover (1945), Ian Stewart (1938), Malcolm Young (1953), Nick Mason (1944), and Tony Iommi (1948).