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Brian Samuel Epstein (19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was who managed the Beatles. Epstein first discovered the Beatles in November 1961 during a lunchtime performance at The Cavern Club. He was instantly impressed and saw great potential in the group. Epstein was rejected by nearly all major recording companies in London, until he secured a meeting with George Martin, head of EMI’s Parlophone label. In May 1962, Martin agreed to sign the Beatles, partly because of Epstein’s conviction that the group would become internationally famous. The Beatles’ early success has been attributed to Epstein’s management style, and the band trusted him without hesitation. In addition to handling the Beatles’ business affairs, Epstein often stepped in to mediate personal disputes within the group. In 1997, Paul McCartney said, “If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian.”

The predominant narrative of Beatles history gives insufficient credit to the role Epstein played in shaping the group’s image and preparing them for international adulation. He dressed them in tailored suits; fostered their songwriting; In the words of Beatles producer George Martin, he “gave them style, taste, and charm.” As Vivek Tiwary put it in The Fifth Beatle, his illustrated novel about Epstein, the manager “played the business as his instrument.” And he excelled in the role: “Brian was a passionate man who would not take ‘no’ for an answer on behalf of his lads, and that is how we got to hear the Beatles’ music,” said Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones’ former manager, in a 2000 interview with rock journalist Harvey Kubernik.
Brian Epstein helped convince the world that the Beatles were the most special group that rock had ever known, even while he labored under the specter of a law that could ruin him at any moment.
“In many ways, the whole world is living out this visionary dream that Epstein had,” says Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield, who recently released his acclaimed book Dreaming the Beatles. And yet, Sheffield observes, “The whole terror of the law that he had to live with, that nobody knew about in his lifetime and that I didn’t know about until recent years—he never knew what it was like to live his life without that.”


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Paul and director Paul Haggis in a bar in New York yesterday.

Paul Edward Haggis (born March 10, 1953) is a Canadian director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known as screenwriter and producer for consecutive Best Picture Oscar winners: Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Crash (2005), the latter of which he also directed. Paul and Haggis working on joint project.

Haggis said (on Instagram account): “Ok, have to admit; it was an incredible honor, spending the afternoon with someone I admire so much.


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3 July

‘Please Please Me’ LP, 15th week in the Top 10 (UK New Musical Express chart). The Playhouse Theatre, Manchester. 8.00-9.00pm. Recording for BBC’s ‘The Beat Show’: ‘From Me To You’; ‘A Taste Of Honey’; ‘Twist And Shout’.
EMI audition of The Fourmost.

The press of Madrid says that the Beatles performance in this city was a failure before a serious and sober audience, unlike other countries’ ones, which are said to be civilized.
Arrival in Barcelona. Concert at the Plaza de Toros Monumental, Barcelona, with the Sirex as support act. End of tour of France, Italy and Spain. Broadcast of John’s interview on BBC-radio’s ‘World Of Books’.

Trip to Manila. On arriving, from the airport they are taken to a dock and separated from their luggage for half an hour. The New York ‘Times Magazine’ publishes an article about the Beatles by Maureen Cleave.

Studio 2. 8pm-3.15am. Recording: ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ (takes 1-7, overdub onto take 3, overdub onto take 7) Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.

Studio 2. 3pm-8.30pm. Editing: ‘Golden Slumbers'(working title of ‘Golden Slumbers’/’Carry That Weight’) (of takes 13, 15, called take 13). Recording: ‘Golden Slumbers'(working title of ‘Golden Slumbers’/’Carry That Weight’) (overdub onto take 13, tape reduction take 13 into takes 16, 17). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Chris Blair.






Media launch of the Plastic Ono Band. Press reception for the release of ‘Give Peace A Chance’, at the Chelsea Town Hall. John and Yoko do not attend, due to their being hospitalised in Scotland; Ringo and Maureen substitute them.

Beginning of peace festival in Toronto.
Evening: Julian sings in Liverpool for the first time.

Westwood One radio broadcasts ‘Oobu Joobu’ Part 8.


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Brian politely responds to Ron White’s letter (written 26 June 1962) with another letter.

Concert at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton.


‘Please Please Me’ LP number 1, 8th week (UK Record Retailer chart).

Broadcast of ‘Juke Box Jury’, with John’s appearance as judge (recorded 22 June 1963).

Broadcast of ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’, with recording of the Beatles and other Liverpool groups, under the name ‘Mersey Beat’.

10.00-12.00am. BBC’s ‘Saturday Club’ broadcast (recorded 24 June 1963).


Concert in Brisbane, Australia. End of tour. Disturbances in Brisbane. Fans attack those who throw eggs and vegetables. The police prevents a lynching.

‘Paperback Writer’ number 1, 2nd week (UK New Musical Express chart).

‘Kenwood’. Photographic session of John with ‘Beatles Book’ photographer Leslie Bryce for the magazine’s ‘at home’ series.

John, Yoko, Kyoko and Julian go to Scotland on holiday.

Second presentation of the ‘Liverpool Oratorio’, with the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, at the Liverpool Cathedral.




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Presented by Abbey Road Studios
Abbey Road Studios presents the Yesterday Score by Sir George Martin for The Beatles.

Limited to an edition of 500, this faithful reproduction of Sir George Martin’s original orchestral arrangement for Yesterday by The Beatles comes complete with scribbles, pencil notations and an occasional tea stain.

Yesterday has become one of the most successful songs in history, recorded in Studio Two on 14th and 17th June, 1965 in the presence of Paul McCartney.

Certificate of Authentication includes a printed signature from Sir George Martin and Abbey Road Studios.

Title page and page one of the score are printed on museum quality paper, measuring 258 x 404mm within a hand-made folio measuring 335 x 485mm.

“Dad had such a deep artistic talent. He was tremendously proud of his studio work with the Beatles and his hand-written scores illuminate that intensely creative time together. He was delighted that his arrangements would not only be preserved, but be available to those who loved music as passionately as he did” – Giles Martin, son of Sir George.

The Yesterday hand-bound folio includes two sheet score, and Certificate of Authentication.

View the unpacking video of the Yesterday Score here:



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Rex Makin – one of Liverpool’s best-known personalities – has died. The 91-year-old lawyer passed away in the last 24 hours. Mr Makin, who was known for his philanthropy, had been increasingly frail in recent years. Confirming the news on Twitter, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said today: “Sorry to hear of the death of colourful character and Freeman of the City, Rex Makin. “The flags will at half mast.”
This morning staff at his office in Whitechapel declined to comment.
A source close to Mr Makin said everybody who knew the solicitor was “devastated” by his death. Robin Makin, his son and a lawyer at his dad’s firm, said he was unable to comment. Mr Makin, whose first name was actually Elkan, for many years wrote a weekly column for the ECHO. He practised law for more than 60 years and was involved with the Beatles’ early career and also the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters.

Rex Makin making a statement to the press outside the home of Epstein following his death,Belgravia,London, August 28th 1967

Mr Makin was the family solicitor to Brian Epstein, who in 1963 sought his advice on setting up a perpetually binding contract between himself and the Beatles. He was also credited with creating the term Beatlemania.

He was also involved in the Knowsley Hall murder case – in which Lady Derby was shot – the Walton sextuplets, and successfully appealing the conviction of George Kelly, a young Liverpool labourer hung at Walton jail in 1950.

Mr Main also provided legal advice to a variety of celebrities and sports personalities including John Lennon, Gerry Marsden, Bill Shankly, Anne Robinson, Ken Dodd and Carla Lane.
In 2003 he was appointed a Freeman of the City of Liverpool, the first solicitor to receive that honour.
At that time, he said: “The ordinary people of Liverpool and I have had a long love affair. I’ve been there in all their disasters and most of their triumphs.”