Stories of the Teacher
Copies of the book can be ordered by e-mailing Alan by clicking here.
A rock n roll friendship
that endured for over 60 years has led to the publication of a new
biography about one of music’s pioneers.
Little Melton author Alan
Mann (pictured above) struck up a friendship with Norwich born rocker Tony
Sheridan when they both attended infants school and later the City of
Norwich School (CNS).
As well as being school
contemporaries they shared a love of music. Whilst Alan followed a career
in finance, Tony Sheridan became part of the history of rock music,
playing at legendary venues in Hamburg and linking up as vocalist for
arguably the greatest rock band of all time – The Beatles. He also
backed and helped artists as diverse as Conway Twitty, Brenda Lee, Eddie
Cochran, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Cliff Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and
Gene Vincent. He was acknowledged as a consummate and influential
guitarist – hence his nickname “The Teacher.” That epithet was used
openly by music legends such as John Lennon and Paul McCartney. At times
Sheridan was even labelled the “British wild man of rock ‘n’ roll”
– just one of the many themes explored in the book.
Over the years Alan and
Tony kept in touch and often met up and a few years back Alan decided to
write the biography which has just been published.
“The Teacher – The
Tony Sheridan Story” ironically came out on the day that a memorial
service was being held in Germany following Sheridan’s death a few weeks
ago. The two pals had been in touch almost to the end.
The book follows Sheridan
from his early days in Norwich, through to his move to London and Germany,
his liaison with the Beatles and subsequent years that saw him playing to
American troops in Vietnam. Sheridan was the first British artist to play
electric guitar on television on the show “Oh Boy.” He was also
vocalist on the Beatles breakthrough single – a cover of the traditional
song “My Bonnie” which became a hit after interest through a famous
record store in Liverpool run by Brian Epstein who went on to manage the
Beatles and take them from a small time Liverpudlian combo to world rock
Alan’s book is a
mixture of biography and autobiography. It tells the Sheridan story
through a series of questions and answers and collaboration between the
two men. Much of it is in Sheridan’s own words with the author’s
reminiscences and comments added. A few legal problems delayed the
publication for a while but it is now available.
“The work is the
closest to an autobiography of Tony Sheridan, singer-songwriter and guitar
genius, that is ever likely to appear. A hard musical taskmaster, he is
worshipped by his fellow musicians but somehow managed to remain an
elusive and enigmatic figure who was unknown to the wider musical public.
“There is much more to
Tony Sheridan than his brief time spent with the Beatles in Hamburg and
hopefully the book will inspire people to seek out other recordings from a
career that spanned well over 50 years,” Alan said.
“Shortly before the
publication the sad news arrived that Tony had passed away. The book is
therefore dedicated to his memory and I hope it will prove to be a lasting
legacy to the man, his music and the times in which he lived,” Alan
Alan has previously
written “The A to Z of Buddy Holly” and “Elvis and Buddy Linked
There is more about the Tony Sheridan book and about Alan Mann on the author’s official web site at www.alanmannauthor.weebly.com from where copies at £9.99 (inclusive of postage and package) can be ordered. Copies can also be ordered by e-mailing Alan by clicking here.