Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Two more

Tony Sheridan (Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity), guitarist and singer, born 21 May 1940; died 16 February 2013:
With George & John in Hamburg in the early 1960s.

It is generally recognised that the Beatles developed their frenetic stage act during lengthy engagements in the clubs of Hamburg's Reeperbahn district. Less well-known is the fact that a Hamburg-based English musician, Tony Sheridan, was something of a role model in this process, with Paul McCartney referring to him as "The Teacher". While in Germany, the Beatles made their first recording, as a backing group for Sheridan, who has died aged 72 after undergoing heart surgery.

Mr & Mrs gameshow host Derek Batey dies aged 84:
Derek Batey, host of ITV gameshow Mr & Mrs in the 1970s and 1980s, has died at the age of 84. The gameshow pitted married couples against each other in a quiz that tested how well they really knew their own spouse, and attracted nine million viewers during its heyday in the 1970s. Batey presented Mr & Mrs 500 times on TV and 5,000 times on stage after developing a successful theatrical version.
 
He died at a hospice near his home in Lytham St Annes on Sunday night, following a short illness.

Born in Brampton, Cumbria, the one-time ventriloquist started his broadcasting career with the BBC, then joined Border when it was formed in 1961.

As well as Mr & Mrs, he presented chat show Look Who's Talking.

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