Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A Plaque For Brian Epstein

Yet more anniversary brouhaha for The Fabs – it was 50 years ago this month that Brian Epstein passed away. Here, we remember the man without whom…

Brian Epstein was The Beatles' manager and the man who polished them up for fame. The Fifth Beatle? Well that particular parlour game can rage into the small hours – what about George Martin? Neil Aspinall? And on and on…

Upon Epstein’s death in 1967 George Harrison said, “He was one of us.” John Lennon described him as “an intuitive theatrical guy”. Paul McCartney once said that “Brian was very much part of the group”. And there seems little doubt that Epstein’s theatrical nous was invaluable to The Beatles' rise in the staid world of early 1960s show business.

His first office in London was at Seven Dials, in modest Monmouth Street in London’s West End, a hop-skip-and-jump from Denmark Street, London’s Tin Pan Alley. And it is in Monmouth Street where his plaque can be found. It was unveiled by his other long-lasting protégé Cilla Black.

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