Brian Epstein

Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein

Profession: Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager


Biography: After being discharged from the army, in part due to his homosexuality, and then pursuing training as an actor, Brian Epstein joined his family's retail business, running their North End Music Store (known as NEMS). He expanded the inventory from pianos and radios to include records, while also writing a column in 'Mersey Beat' a local music magazine.

After a customer request for an early recording that the Beatles made backing Tony Sheridan in Germany, Epstein went to see the group perform. He immediately saw their potential and with no experience in the business, became their manager. He polished their image and secured a proper record contract. The success he had with the Beatles enabled him to expand his roster of clients to include other Liverpudlian acts: Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black, and Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas.

As the Beatles ceased touring, Epstein's role with the band diminished. His dependence on amphetamines and sleeping pills caught up with him and he died from an accidental combination of alcohol and sedatives, while

Born: September 19, 1934
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: August 27, 1967 (aged 32)
Cause of Death: Accidental drug overdose

Historical Events

  • 1961-11-09 The Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein after a lunch time performance at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England
  • 1961-12-13 The Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein
  • 1962-01-24 Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles
  • 1962-10-01 Brian Epstein signs a contract to manage The Beatles through 1977
  • 1963-11-11 Brian Epstein and Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for appearances by The Beatles
  • 1967-10-17 Memorial service for Brian Epstein at New London Synagogue
  • 2014-04-10 29th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Peter Gabriel; Hall & Oates; KISS; Nirvana; Linda Ronstadt; Cat Stevens; The E Street Band; Brian Epstein; and Andrew Loog Oldham

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