BRIAN EPSTEIN- MANAGER OF THE BEATLES DIES AT AGE 32- 8.27.1967

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On this day August 27, 1967- 50 years ago today, Brian Epstein the manager of The Beatles was found dead in his bedroom of what was later determined to be an accidental overdose of barbiturates and alcohol overdose. It was determined he took 5 carbitrals [a sleeping pill which would be banned in England after Epstein’s passing} which was something Brian did often but it was the mix of the pills and alcohol that killed him. Brian Epstein was only 32.

There has been for decades the who is the 5th Beatle debate- to me it has to come down to Brian Epstein and Sir George Martin- they are the two non-Beatles who had the biggest impact on their success. From all reports Brian Epstein came around at exactly the right time for The Beatles. They felt they were getting nowhere in their goals of breaking out of Liverpool. Some believe John and Paul may have been on the verge of giving it up- then along comes Brian Epstein and he throws all his energy into the group and they start to take off.

From what I’ve read [Mark Lewisohn’s book “All Those Years” is the best book on The Beatles and it goes into great detail about Brian and The Beatles} most of the managers of that day were sharks who were out for themselves- Brian Epstein was always trying his best to look out for The Beatles interests first and do what was fair for them. In The Beatles, Brian found his mission in life. Without Brian do The Beatles make it?

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5 responses to “BRIAN EPSTEIN- MANAGER OF THE BEATLES DIES AT AGE 32- 8.27.1967

    • I guess it would just be speculation- but just my guess is- I think he was losing his influence with them. They may have stayed together a little longer- as in another year or two at most.??? We will never know.

    • Yeah, you’re right. I think they were getting tired of being the cleancut fab Beatles. I just wish that they could have stayed together longer, but I’m being selfish.

    • I think they were also tired. Tired and also wanting to do new things. I’ve always thought it ended at the right time. I’d have hated to see them hang on and start putting out inferior products. Also there was no way George at that point was going to be happy with a couple tracks on each album…

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