The Beatles are seen walking across a zebra crossing in Abbey Road in London in this photograph taken in 1969 and received in London on May 18, 2012. — Reuters Photo

LONDON: British rocker Tony Sheridan, best known as an early collaborator of The Beatles and mentor during the Fab Four's legendary spell in Hamburg, has died aged 72, his family announced.

A statement posted on social networking site Facebook on Saturday read, “Our beloved father and friend! Thank you for your love and inspiration. You left us today at 12.00 pm.”

The singer/guitarist, who died in Hamburg, performed on some of the Beatles' earliest recordings after meeting John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and original drummer Pete Best in Germany in the early 1960s.

He was then a well-known figure in the Hamburg club scene and joined forces with the quartet to record tracks including “My Bonnie,” “The Saints” and “Ain't She Sweet” under the name Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers. McCartney called Sheridan “The Teacher” due to the influence he held over the band in their coming-of-age spell playing clubs in the city's red-light district.

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