Chas Newby

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Chas Newby
Born (1941-06-18) 18 June 1941 (age 78)
GenresRock music
Years active1960–1961, 2016–present
Associated actsThe Beatles, The Quarrymen

Charles Newby (born 18 June 1941, Blackpool) is a British musician who was (briefly) the bassist for The Beatles for several gigs in December 1960, while Stuart Sutcliffe was still in Hamburg focusing on his art career.[1]

When The Beatles returned from West Germany for the first time, they were short of a bass guitarist. Pete Best suggested Chas Newby.[1] Newby had been with The Black Jacks (Pete Best's group), and was now attending university, but was on holiday and so agreed to play with The Beatles.[1]

Newby appeared with The Beatles for four engagements in December 1960 (17 December, Casbah Club, Liverpool; 24 December, Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard; 27 December, Litherland Town Hall; 31 December, Casbah Club). John Lennon asked him to go to West Germany for the Beatles' second trip, but Newby chose to return to university.[1] After Lennon and George Harrison both declined to switch to bass guitar, Paul McCartney, who previously played guitar and piano, reluctantly became the band's bassist.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Newby taught mathematics at Droitwich Spa High School in Droitwich Spa and now lives in Alcester, where he plays in a charity group, The Racketts. Since 2016, Newby has been performing as a member of the Quarrymen, the band that was the precursor to the Beatles.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Story of Chas Newby, a Member of the Beatles for Two Weeks". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  2. ^ Spitz, Bob (2005). The Beatles: The Biography. Little Brown. ISBN 0-316-80352-9.
  3. ^ "Hot News". Archived from the original on 26 March 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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