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.
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.