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Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Epstein
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 09/19/08 2:03 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Brian Samuel Epstein was born on this day, September 19, in 1934. I think it is impossible to overstate the importance of Brian Epstein in the story of the Beatles.

The incredible success of the Beatles is due to many pieces of a big puzzle, the incredible song writing talent of Lennon and McCartney, the spiritual soul of George Harrison and the unique beat of Ringo Starr. It all came together just at the right time with the talented ear and producing imagination of George Martin.

None of us can predict the future or know what would have happened had another road been taken, but I think it's a safe bet to say that the Beatles might not have happened without Brian. He believed in them when no one else did.

Dick Rowe of Decca records told Brian that guitar groups were on their way out. Brian told Dick Rowe that the Beatles were going to be bigger than Elvis.

Brian tamed the Beatles without changing their sound or who they were. He traded in their leather jackets for suits and ties, and taught them to bow politely to the audience at the end of every song. Imagine that day, telling John Lennon he'd have to clean up his act and bow to the audience, instead of cursing at them. No one could get John Lennon to do anything he didn't want to.

Except Brian.

And that's how we know he was special. It's a crime an accident took him from us at such a young age. He was only 33, but he lives on in the hearts of every Beatles fan forever.

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