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Today In Beatles History: Two men change the world
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 05/09/08 11:07 am] [Full Blog] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today, 46 years ago, two men who changed the world, met for the first time.

On the morning of May 9, 1962, Beatles manager Brian Epstein first met Parlophone Records producer George Martin at his office in EMI Studios at Abbey Road in London. It was during this meeting that George Martin agreed to give the Beatles an audition recording session.


As George Martin worked with them in the studio, and Brian was seen mostly with them out on tour, you very seldom see them in pictures together. This is a rare photo of Brian Epstein and George Martin together in the studio, along with George Harrison, from the original edition of Epstein's autobiography, A Cellarful Of Noise. (The 1998 reprinting of the book included different pictures.)

Would the Beatles have happened with either of these men? George Martin, who heard something in them when nobody else in the business did, and brought his classical musical training to their arrangements and recordings. And Brian Epstein, who got them into bigger performance venues and onto TV, into suits and eventually a recording contract with EMI. It's impossible to know if the Beatles wouldn't have become Beatlemania, but it's impossible to imagine the Beatles without them.

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