George Harrison’s letter to Stu Sutcliffe
Here’s one of those pieces of memorabilia that seems too good to be true – a letter from George Harrison to Stu Sutcliffe.
Stu had recently quit The Beatles to marry Astrid Kircherr and study art in Hamburg (the letter was sent to Astrid’s mother Nielsa), so George asks about his new fiancée and fills him in on the details of his family in Liverpool. The second page chronicles George’s desire for an echo device to add to his guitar arsenal. He mentions that “Gerry” has one – meaning Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers. George gets a little dig in on his Liverpool rival when he writes that Marsden “ruins it by using it on every song.”
Check out how he writes, “It’s £34, or £6 down and the rest when Frank catches me!” He’s referring to Frank Hessy, the Liverpool music store owner from whom the boys bought much of their gear. Sadly, Stu never married Astrid. He died of a brain hemorrhage just 16 months after receiving this letter.