Chas Newby, bassist for The Beatles in the early days of their career, has died. He was 81.
Newby played an integral role in the success of the iconic band as they rose to stardom in the 1960s. He was also a member of John Lennon’s first band, The Quarrymen. Newby’s death was announced by The Cavern Club Liverpool – a venue The Beatles performed in frequently before they reached worldwide fame.
“It’s with great sadness to hear about the passing of Chas Newby. 🕊,” said The Cavern Club.
“Chas stepped in for The Beatles for a few dates when Stuart Sutcliffe stayed in Hamburg and latterly he played for The Quarrymen,” they wrote
The Cavern Club went on to share a unique trait that made Newby stand out among the rest.
“Interestingly, he was also the first left-handed bass guitarist in The Beatles.”They concluded their tribute with a warm message from the local community.
“RIP Chas Newby thoughts and well wishes from everybody at The Cavern Club.”
RIP Chas Newby, fill-in Beatle and fair chap. He deputised for Stuart on a few dates when the Beatles returned from Hamburg the first time, end-1960, including the momentous Litherland date. Latterly he’s been one of the Quarry Men too. A charming man, always a pleasure to meet. pic.twitter.com/f3EqtlIL3I
— Mark Lewisohn (@marklewisohn) May 23, 2023
Mark Lewisohn, a historian specializing in The Beatles, took to Twitter to post a message about the famous musician and included a newspaper clipping celebrating his early days of success.
“RIP Chas Newby, fill-in Beatle and fair chap. He deputised for Stuart on a few dates when the Beatles returned from Hamburg the first time, end-1960, including the momentous Litherland date,” Lewisohn wrote. (RELATED: Gordon Lightfoot Dead At Age 84)
He referred to Newby as “a charming man, always a pleasure to meet.”
Tributes and condolences continue to pour in on social media, as fans and loved ones take a moment to appreciate Newby’s contributions to the world of music.
The cause of death has not been confirmed.