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Brian Samuel Epstein (19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was an English music entrepreneur who discovered and managed the Beatles.wikipedia
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Brian Samuel Epstein (19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was an English music entrepreneur who discovered and managed the Beatles.
Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act, and producer George Martin guided and developed their recordings, greatly expanding their domestic success after their first hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962.

Billy J. Kramer

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They included Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Tommy Quickly, and Cilla Black, his only female client.
In the 1960s he was managed by Brian Epstein, who also managed The Beatles, and he recorded several original Lennon–McCartney compositions.

Gerry and the Pacemakers

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They included Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Tommy Quickly, and Cilla Black, his only female client.
In common with the Beatles, they came from Liverpool, were managed by Brian Epstein, and were recorded by George Martin.

Pete Best

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In August 1962, drummer Pete Best was replaced with Ringo Starr, and the group's familiar line-up was established.
Ringo Starr eventually replaced Best on 16 August 1962, when the group's manager, Brian Epstein, exiled Best under the direction of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison following their first recording session at Abbey Road Studios in London.

A Cellarful of Noise

(John Lennon quipped that his memoirs A Cellarful of Noise should have been titled A Cellarful of Boys.) On the day of his death, a group of rent boys had failed to arrive by appointment at his country house, and he returned to London, where he died of a drug overdose, ruled as accidental.
A Cellarful of Noise is the title of Brian Epstein's 1964 autobiography.

Cilla Black

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They included Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Tommy Quickly, and Cilla Black, his only female client.
Black signed her first contract with longtime friend and neighbour, Terry McCann, but this contract was never honoured as it was made when she was underage (the age of majority was then 21) and her father subsequently signed her with Brian Epstein.

George Martin

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He then persuaded George Martin of the prestigious EMI group to produce their records.
Martin was contacted by Sid Coleman of Ardmore & Beechwood, who told him about Brian Epstein, the manager of a band whom he had met.

The Dakotas (band)

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They included Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Tommy Quickly, and Cilla Black, his only female client.
However, Brian Epstein, who was managing Billy J. Kramer, made the Dakotas an offer to become Kramer's backing band, which they accepted.

Ringo Starr

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In August 1962, drummer Pete Best was replaced with Ringo Starr, and the group's familiar line-up was established.
On 16 August, Beatles manager Brian Epstein fired their drummer, Pete Best, who recalled: "He said 'I've got some bad news for you. The boys want you out and Ringo in.' He said [Beatles producer] George Martin wasn't too pleased with my playing [and] the boys thought I didn't fit in."

John Lennon

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(John Lennon quipped that his memoirs A Cellarful of Noise should have been titled A Cellarful of Boys.) On the day of his death, a group of rent boys had failed to arrive by appointment at his country house, and he returned to London, where he died of a drug overdose, ruled as accidental.
Brian Epstein managed the Beatles from 1962 until his death in 1967.

The Cavern Club

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Here he displayed a remarkable gift for talent-spotting, and got a strong intuition about the potential of an unknown four-man group, The Beatles, at a lunchtime concert at Liverpool's Cavern Club in 1961.
Brian Epstein, The Beatles manager who secured the groups' first recording contract, first saw the group perform at the club on 9 November 1961.

Tommy Quickly

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They included Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Tommy Quickly, and Cilla Black, his only female client.
He was a later signing of artist manager Brian Epstein, whose biggest act was the Beatles.

Peter Brown (music industry)

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He often walked across the road to the Lewis's department store (which also had a music section) where Peter Brown was employed.
After Brian Epstein recruited Brown to run the Epstein's music store in Liverpool, he became part of the Beatles' management team.

Alistair Taylor

The Beatles had recorded the "My Bonnie" single with Tony Sheridan in Germany, and some months after its release Epstein asked his personal assistant Alistair Taylor about it in NEMS.
James Alistair Taylor (21 June 1935 – 9 June 2004) was an English personal assistant of Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles.

Bill Harry

Epstein first noticed the Beatles in issues of Mersey Beat and on numerous posters around Liverpool created by his commercial artist associate Tony Booth, before he asked Mersey Beat editor Bill Harry who they were.
Harry arranged for the future Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, to see them perform a lunchtime concert at the Cavern Club on 9 November 1961.

Dick James

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Music publisher Dick James and his partner Charles Silver owned 51 per cent of the company, Lennon and McCartney 20 per cent each, and Epstein 9 per cent.
Dick James (born Leon Isaac Vapnick; 12 December 1920 – 1 February 1986) was a British music publisher and singer, and, together with his son Stephen, founded the DJM record label and recording studios, as well as (with Brian Epstein) the Beatles' publisher Northern Songs.

Northern Songs

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In 1963, Epstein advised the creation of Northern Songs, a publishing company that would control the copyrights of all Lennon–McCartney compositions recorded between 1963 and 1973.
Northern Songs Ltd was a limited company founded in 1963, by music publisher Dick James, artist manager Brian Epstein, and songwriters John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles to publish songs written by Lennon and McCartney.

Fifth Beatle

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He was often referred to as a "fifth" member of the group.
Instead of canceling, the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein hired Nicol to stand in until Starr recovered.

Bob Wooler

They bypassed the line of fans at the door and heard Bob Wooler, the resident disc jockey, announce a welcome message over the club's public address system: "We have someone rather famous in the audience today. Mr Brian Epstein, the owner of NEMS ..."
Frederick James "Bob" Wooler (born 19 January 1926, Liverpool – died 8 February 2002, Liverpool) was most notable for being instrumental in introducing The Beatles to their manager, Brian Epstein, and as the DJ at The Cavern Club.

George Harrison

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The Beatles, all regular NEMS customers, immediately recognised Epstein, but before he could congratulate them on their performance George Harrison said, "And what brings Mr Epstein here?"
When Brian Epstein became their manager in December 1961, he polished up their image and later secured them a recording contract with EMI.

Tony Booth (artist)

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Epstein first noticed the Beatles in issues of Mersey Beat and on numerous posters around Liverpool created by his commercial artist associate Tony Booth, before he asked Mersey Beat editor Bill Harry who they were.
He was known around Liverpool in the early 1960s as Brian Epstein's "right-hand man".

Wrekin College

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He spent two years at Wrekin College in Shropshire, where he was taught the violin.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

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By 1969, Lennon and McCartney had lost control of all publishing rights to ATV Music Publishing.
Northern Songs was co-owned by Lennon, McCartney, Brian Epstein and Dick James, who owned a controlling interest.

The Beatles' Decca audition

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On 13 December 1961, at Epstein's invitation, Mike Smith of Decca travelled from London to Liverpool to watch the group at the Cavern, which led to an audition in London on 1 January 1962 (see The Beatles' Decca audition).
Manager Brian Epstein met with record companies in London to secure a record contract, and he was rejected by many, including Columbia, HMV, Pye, Philips, and Oriole.

Rory Storm

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Starr was well known to the group, as he was then playing with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, the resident group at Butlins' holiday complex in Skegness.
Their second and final single was a version of the West Side Story song "America", and was produced by the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein.