Chas Newby - Early Beatles Bassist - Dead at 81

Sad news: Chas Newby, who briefly played bass with the Beatles in 1960 after Stu Sutcliffe left the group, is dead at age 81. 

Newby played with the group on their historic gig at Liverpool's Litherland Town Hall, which helped kickoff Beatlemania at the local level. He was invited to stay with the group, but opted to go back to college - a move that ultmately led to Paul McCartney picking up his role as the band's bassist after John Lennon and George Harrison made it clear they didn't want the job.

Much later, Newby played with former member of the pre-Beatles Liverpool skiffle group, the Quarrymen.

The brother of the former drummer of The Beatles, Pete Best, confirmed the news on Facebook.

Roag Best wrote: "Both Pete and I and the whole Best family absolutely devasted to hear the very sad news with regards to one of the families closest friends Chas Newby passing last night.

"Many of you will know him for playing bass guitar for both The Beatles and The Quarrymen, but to us he was laid back Chas with the big smile. We’ll truly miss him. Forever in our thoughts. God bless you Chas."