Chas Newby, who famously played bass guitar for The Beatles during the iconic band’s early days, has sadly died aged 81.
The musician is thought to have died early on Tuesday morning, and tributes have been pouring in since the news was announced.
The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Chas was a member of John Lennon’s first band The Quarrymen and played an important role in the music scene.
Chas joined his bandmate John, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr on stage for a few gigs in the 1960s.
While John had been keen for Chas to join them on a tour of West Germany, he decided to return to University to finish his studies.
People have been paying their respects to the late bassist on social media.
The Cavern Club Liverpool, where The Beatles’ career began, shared its own tribute via Facebook.
“It’s with great sadness to hear about the passing of Chas Newby,” a statement from the Cavern Club read.
“Chas stepped in for The Beatles for a few dates when Stuart Sutcliffe stayed in Hamburg and latterly he played for The Quarrymen.
“Interestingly, he was also the first left-handed bass guitarist in The Beatles. RIP Chas Newby thoughts and well wishes from everybody at The Cavern Club.”
The Beatles’ biographer and historian also tweeted: “RIP Chas Newby, fill-in Beatle and fair chap. He deputised for Stuart on a few dates when the Beatles returned from Hamburg the first time, end-1960, including the momentous Litherland date.
“Latterly he’s been one of the Quarry Men too. A charming man, always a pleasure to meet.”
Another Beatles historian wrote: “Absolutely gutted to learn from Roag Best that Chas Newby, the Beatles’ first left handed bass player, and friend of the Best family for nearly 70 years has passed away.
“A lovely man, always generous with his time. God bless you, Chas.”
While St Peter’s Church in Woolton penned: “We were so sad to hear the news that Chas Newby has passed away. Everything at St Peter’s sends our love, thoughts and prayers to Chas’s family and friends.
“Thanks, Chas for the music, for your kindness and generosity, and for all the joy and happiness you brought to so many people. May you rest in peace.”