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Tony Sheridan, who fronted the Beatles on their first recording, died Saturday in Hamburg, Germany. He was 72.

His daughter, Wendy Clare Sheridan-McGinnity, announced Sheridan's death, according to The New York Times.

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NME reports that McCartney referred to Sheridan as "The Teacher" for his crucial influence over the group, including introducing them to American R&B artists, such as Little Richard. Sheridan had also claimed that it he was who arranged Ringo Starr's first performances with the Beatles before Starr officially joined in 1962.

In the mid-'60s, Sheridan toured Europe with Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker and other American musicians. Sheridan released his last album, Vagabond, in 2002. He also released a DVD in 2005, Chantal Meets Tony Sheridan, which includes the only recording of "Tell Me If You Can," a song he wrote with McCartney in 1962.

Besides Sheridan-McGinnity, Sheridan is survived by three sons, Tony Jr., Bennet and Felim, and another daughter, Amber.