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Robin Leach, English entertainment reporter, famous for being the host of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," passed away this morning in Las Vegas. He was a big Beatles fan, and part of their inner circle in the early days of Beatlemania. Remembering Robin, below is short piece I wrote about him in 2007, after his appearance at the Fest For Beatles Fans that year.
[Originally posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2007]
For me, the surprise interview session of the Fest was Martin Lewis this afternoon with Robin Leach. I had no idea he idea his past was so tied to the story of the Beatles.
Robin told the large crowd of Beatles fans how he was a reporter working for the Daily Mail in Manchester, England, when one day he got a call from Brian Epstein about the Beatles. He told Brian his paper didn't cover things like that, but suggested Brian call his counterpart over at the Daily Express. That person was Derek Taylor, and that put the wheels in motion for the Beatles to be discovered.
Robin also told about later being assigned to New York, and having an office in the building that housed the Ed Sullivan Theater. He was backstage for the Beatles first performance on the show, and remembered the scene around where the Beatles were staying at the Plaza Hotel, and how quickly crowd control around the Plaza become literally unmanageable by the New York City police, as it was bigger than anything they ever had to deal with before. This was repeated in all the cities they visited afterwards.
Robin has many great stories about the Beatles from that time, it was great fun to hear him remember and talk about it.
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