"What we love to do and why!"
Lecturer Glen Frenkell has written a thought-provoking article about Brian
Epstein in the Washington Post. Ray O´Brian alerted me to this article and I
spoke with its author on Friday 14th September
Brian Samuel Epstein (IPA: [?b?a??n ?epsta?n]) (born in Liverpool, England; 19
September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was the manager of The Beatles. He also
managed several other musical artists such as Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J.
Kramer and the Dakotas, and Cilla Black.
The Beatles recorded a demo in Decca's studios—paid for by Epstein—which he
later persuaded George Martin to listen to. Epstein was then offered a contract
(after Martin had auditioned the group) by EMI's small Parlophone label, even
though they had previously been rejected by almost every other British record
Epstein died of an accidental drug overdose at his home in London in August
1967. The Beatles' early success has been attributed to Epstein's management
and sense of style. Paul McCartney said of Epstein: "If anyone was the Fifth
Beatle, it was Brian."