The Beatles' first bassist who was credited, along with John Lennon, with creating the band's name. He also pursued a solo career and trained as an abstract expressionist painter.
He met John Lennon through a mutual friend of theirs and tutored him in art. He attended Liverpool College of Art.
He was also a visual artist who had some of his paintings on display at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
He was engaged to photographer Astrid Kirchherr.
He and George Harrison were both members of The Beatles.