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Artwork suggests the Fab Four originally spelled band name The Beatals.

NEW YORK -- Before they were The Beatles, the Fab Four went through numerous name changes. What many do not know is the first name was spelled The Beatals.


A copy of a historic letter written in March 1960 by Stuart Sutcliffe, the original bass player who left the group in 1961, is now available as part of a new, limited-edition, fine-art reproduction entitled "Meet the Beatals." Taken from Sutcliffe's personal sketchbook, the watercolor painting (circa 1957-1960) features the early Beatles in their "Skiffle" days. The historic letter is superimposed over the bottom of the painting. In the letter from late March 1960, Sutcliffe, who refers to himself as the manager of the band, writes, "This is a promising group of young musicians who play music for all tastes, preferably rock and roll." Sutcliffe begins to refer to the band as the Quarrymen, then he crosses it out and writes The Beatals. It is possibly the first time the band ever called itself by that name.

The artwork is hand-signed by Pauline Sutcliffe, who is the executor of the Stuart Sutcliffe estate and Sutcliffe's sister. This is the first limited-edition art piece ever released by the Sutcliffe estate, and only 175 signed and numbered copies will be produced. The work was officially released on June 23, on what would have been Stuart's 67th birthday, and is available at

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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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