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Paul McCartney celebrates first Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe who would have been 80 | Music | Entertainment | Express.co.uk

Paul McCartney celebrates first Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe who would have been 80 | Music | Entertainment | Express.co.uk

Paul McCartney celebrates first Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe who would have been 80 | Music | Entertainment | Express.co.uk
June 24
13:55 2020

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PAUL MCCARTNEY has celebrated what would have been the 80th birthday of The Beatles’ original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe this week.

Before John, Paul, George and Ringo finalised The Beatles line-up as the Fab Four there were several fifth Beatles. One of them was the original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe, who came up with the band’s name The Beetles with John Lennon before the latter changed it to be a play on “beat”. Sutcliffe left the band after one year in 1961, before tragically dying of a brain haemorrhage at the age of 21.

Yesterday would have been Sutcliffe’s 80th birthday, which Sir Paul McCartney has celebrated on his Instagram account.

The 78-year-old posted a picture of himself with John, George, Stuart and original Beatles drummer Pete Best, performing on stage.

Sir Paul wrote: “Our original bass player Stuart would have been 80 today!

“So many great memories of our time together. Happy birthday Stu! Love Paul.”

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Paul McCartney celebrates original Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe who would have been 80 (Image: GETTY)

Meanwhile, it was Sir Paul’s birthday just last week and the John Lennon estate celebrated with him.

The official Instagram account of the late Beatle began by wishing him a happy 78th birthday with some fun pictures of the duo performing together.

And then later shared a black and white video of The Beatles performing We Can Work It Out live.

The camera focused in on the songwriting pair, as they beamed and sang along together.

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The Beatles performing in Germany with Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe (Image: GETTY)

The post read in capital letters: “WE CAN WORK IT OUT.”

Choosing this song is hardly a coincidence considering Lennon and McCartney had the odd spat over the years.

However, their friendship stood strong through thick and thin and produced the most successful songwriting team of all time.

The song’s lyrics include: “Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.”

Source: Paul McCartney celebrates first Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe who would have been 80 | Music | Entertainment | Express.co.uk

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