Sid Vicious Movies and Career Information

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May 10, 1957
London
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Sid Vicious (born John Simon Ritchie 10 May 1957 – 2 February 1979) was an English musician best known as the bassist of the influential punk rock group Sex Pistols. In 2006 he was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Sex Pistols. Sid Vicious was born John Simon Ritchie in London to John and Anne Ritchie (née McDonald). His father was a guardsman at Buckingham Palace and a semi-professional trombone player on the London Jazz scene. Shortly after John's birth, his father left the family. John and his mother moved to the island of Ibiza. She married Christopher Beverley in 1965 before setting up a family home back in Kent. John had taken his stepfather's surname and became John Beverley. His stepfather died six months later, and by 1968 John and his mother were living in a rented flat in Tunbridge Wells where he attended Sandown Court School. In 1971, the pair moved to Hackney in East London. He also spent some time living in Somerset, where he was a pupil at Clevedon Secondary Modern. John was given the nickname "Sid Vicious" by John Lydon (known as Johnny Rotten), after Lydon's pet hamster, Sid. The hamster had bitten Ritchie, who said that

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