Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe，a painter the original electric bass guitarist of The Beatles for fifteen months (May 1960 – August 1961). Sutcliffe earned praise for his paintings, which mostly explored a style related to abstract expressionism. Sutcliffe is one of the group of people sometimes r
生于1940年6月23日，苏格兰爱丁堡。19岁时，他被认为是利物浦艺术学院最有天赋及前途的学生之一。那时，他遇到了同学John Lennon。所有的女孩都喜欢他忧郁、浪漫、墨镜的酷样子，颇有James Dean的气质。他的生活也象个艺术家，住在学校附近一间狭小、沾满颜料的屋子里。John Lennon曾和他住在一起渡过一段时光，喝酒、分享对艺术的热情。 1959年，Stu以65镑的价格卖掉了一副画，这个金额在当时的学生绘画中是闻所未闻的。于是，John说服他买了一把贝司并加入了John的乐队，而丝毫不介意Stu根本就不会弹贝司。在乐队第一次大突破前，Johnny Gentle赞助的两星期巡回中，Stu提出了"Beetles"这个词，成了乐队Beatles的起源。
Sutcliffes father, Charles Sutcliffe (1905 – 18 March, 1966), was a naval officer, who was often at sea during his sons early years. His mother, Millie, was a schoolteacher. Sutcliffe had two sisters, PaulineJoyce.
Sutcliffe was born at the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion Hospital, in Edinburgh, Scotl,after his family moved to Engl in 1943,he was brought up at 37 Aigburth Drive in Liverpool. He attended Park View Primary School, Huyton (1946–1950)Prescot Grammar School (1950–1956).When Sutcliffes father did return home on leave, he invited his sonart college classmate, Rod Murray (Sutcliffes room-matebest friend) for a "real good booze-up"slipped ￡10 into Sutcliffes pocket before disappearing for another six months.During his first year at the Liverpool College of Art, Sutcliffe worked as a bin man on the Liverpool Corporation waste collection trucks.Lennon was introduced to Sutcliffe by Bill Harry, a mutual friend, when they were all studying at Liverpool College of Art,according to Lennon, Sutcliffe had a "marvellous art portfolio",was a seriously talented painter who was one of the "stars" of the school.Paul McCartney said that he was jealous of Sutcliffes relationship with Lennon, as he had to take a "back seat" to Sutcliffe.
Sutcliffe lived at 9 Percy Street with fellow art studentbest friend, Rod Murray, before being evictedmoving to Hillary Mansions at 3 Gambier Terrace, with another art student, Margaret Chapman, who competed with Sutcliffe to be the best painter in classes.The flat was opposite the new Anglican cathedral in the run-down area of Liverpool 8, with bare lightbulbsa mattress on the floor in the corner. Lennon moved in with Sutcliffe in early 1960.Sutcliffehis flatmates painted the rooms yellowblack, which his llady did not appreciate. On another occasion the tenants, needing to keep warm, burned the lladys furniture.
After talking to Sutcliffe one night at The Casbah Coffee Club, owned by Pete Bests mother, Mona Best, LennonPaul McCartney persuaded Sutcliffe to buy a H?fner President 500/5 model bass guitar on hire purchase from Frank Hesseys Music Shop.Sutcliffe was somewhat versed in music; he had sung in the local church choir in Huyton, his mother had insisted on piano lessons for him since the age of nine, he had played bugle in the Air Training Corps,his father had taught him a few chords on the guitar.In May 1960, Sutcliffe joined Lennon, McCartneyHarrison (then known as The Silver Beatles).Sutcliffes fingers would often blister during long rehearsals, as he had never played long enough for his fingers to become calloused, although he had previously played acoustic guitar.Sutcliffe started acting as a booking agent for the group,they often used his Gambier Terrace flat as a rehearsal room.
In July 1960, the British Sunday newspaper The People ran an article entitled, "The Beatnik Horror", which featured a photograph taken in the flat below Sutcliffes, with a teenaged Lennon lying on the floor. Allan Williams had set up the photograph, subsequently taking over from Sutcliffe to book concerts for "The Silver Beatles", as they were then known, which was Lennon, McCartney, HarrisonSutcliffe.The Beatles subsequent name-change came from an afternoon in the Renshaw Hall bar when Sutcliffe, LennonCynthia Powell thought up names similar to Buddy Hollys b, The Cricketscame up with The Beatals.Lennon later changed the name to "The Beatles", because he thought it sounded Frenchsuggested Le Beat, or Beat-less.