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Brian Epstein

Brian 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.

Brian 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.

In 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.

Brian 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 open to

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