Epstein was born September, 19th 1934, in Liverpool,
England; died August, 27th 1967, in Belgravia, London.
British pop group manager. His parents were Harry
and Malka Epstein. He had a brother Clive born 22
months later. His mother was called 'Queenie' by his
father because Malka is the Hebrew word for queen.
Epstein began to work in the family furniture store
in 1950 at the age of 16.In 1952 he was conscripted
into National Service but discharged ten months later
because he was emotionally and mentally unfit
to serve. In 1954 he began to manage Clarendon Furnishing
in Hoylake, another family business. He briefly joined
the Royal Academy for Dramatic Arts to train as an
actor, but soon dropped out after he found that it
did not suit him. When
the family acquired North End Road Music Stores (NEMS)
Brian Epstein was put in charge of the ground floor
where he expanded from pianos and wireless sets to
gramophone records. This was very successful and he
opened another branch, a short distance from The Cavern
club. He began writing a column on records in the
music publication Mersey Beat on 3rd. August, 1961.
1961 Brian Epstein found that he had been selling
a number of records by The Beatles, and he went to
see them at The Cavern club. Afterwards he went to
speak to them and offered to manage them. On 10th.
December 1961 it was decided that Brian Epstein should
be the manager of The Beatles, and a contract was
signed on 24th. January, 1962. He secured a record
contract for them with EMI, and, on the request of
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison,
he sacked the drummer
Pete Best so that he could be replaced by Ringo Starr.
Brian Epstein remained the manager on The Beatles
until his death.
Epstein also managed Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy
J. Kramer & The Dakotas, The Fourmost, and Cilla
Black. He also managed other artists who did not become
successful Brian Epstein appeared on television a
number of times, and hosted a regular slot on the
US television show Hullabaloo. He had bouts of depression
and took pills to enable him to sleep as well as to
wake him up. He also experimented with recreational
drugs. His death was caused by an overdose of drugs.
Whether this was an accident or deliberate has been