R.I.P To A Former Beatles Member And Legend

Chas Newby, a former bass player for The Beatles and a member of John Lennon’s initial band, The Quarrymen, has died at the age of 91. His death was announced by The Cavern Club in Liverpool, where The Beatles began their rise to fame. Newby stepped in as a bass player for The Beatles during a few performances when Stuart Sutcliffe remained in Hamburg. He also later played for The Quarrymen and was noted for being the first left-handed bass guitarist for The Beatles.

In tribute to Newby, Beatles historian Mark Lewishon took to social media to express his condolences, characterizing Newby as a “charming man” and acknowledging his temporary role in The Beatles in 1960. Lewishon highlighted that Newby was part of a critical phase in the Beatles’ history, including a significant performance at Litherland.

Despite having had the opportunity to further his career in music, Newby made the choice to return to university after Lennon invited him to continue touring with the band to West Germany in the 1960s. In a 2012 interview with the Sunday Mercury, Newby stated that he never saw music as his livelihood, instead aspiring to study chemistry. While John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison were committed to their musical careers, Newby chose a different path.

After his short stint in the band, Newby pursued a career in education and became a school teacher. Despite the tremendous success of The Beatles, he stated that he did not regret his decision to leave the band and return to his studies. Newby maintained this stance until his death, asserting that he truly had no regrets about his career choice. His passing marks the loss of a man who had a brief but significant role in the early days of one of the world’s most influential bands.