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Cilla Black, who has died aged 72, broke through in the s as a A month later, having left the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein smitten, she. Several have mentioned Cilla's version of Alfie already in this thread so I . with the Beatles and Brian Epstein without who she probably would never lives of those who are seeking a genuine positive connection in music. Forty years ago this past August, Brian Epstein was found dead of an John Lennon always said that their relationship was intense but not sexual. but also Gerry and The Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer and Cilla Black.
Epstein would also probably manage to beat off con men and keep them away from the band. And certainly there'll be no need for Allen Klein, which only bodes well. The issue of George Harrison growing as an artists is a bit of a tough one. I think Epstein would have recognized it as an issue: I don't know if Epstein would do it, but if I were in his shoes, I would have George Harrison release a solo album sometime past in order to release built up pressure, and potentially increase the allotment of Harrison songs per album to a higher number.
The reason I don't know if he'd do it is that Epstein seems to me, based on what I know, to want to group to remain as 'what it is' as possible.Yankel Feather on Brian Epstein
His trepidation over 'Sgt Pepper's' is my example for that. What a George Harrison album would potentially say, or what he could be afraid it would say, is that the Beatles aren't unified. But what the hell else can you do? Maybe you could manage it by just getting Lennon and McCartney to give George more space on the albums and singles instead.
Something needs to be done, though. Yoko Ono would probably be a bit of an issue with Epstein, because you're running against Lennon's stubbornness. Lennon's heroine problem assuming it arises would potentially be in the same boat. I don't see a way Epstein doesn't recognize Ono being brought into the studio as a destabilizing element and a source for tension.
So he will want that not to happen. How he makes that not happen is the problem. If he talks to Lennon, it will probably fall on deaf ears with Lennon telling him off.
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I will say that if he doesn't manage to stop that, you've already removed so many problems in this scenario that Yoko won't be all that bad.
If Lennon get's addicted to heroine, Epstein will recognize that as a problem since it will make Lennon incapacitated as an artist and meandering as an artist.
I don't know what he would do to stop it, but he'd try something. Train of thought lost If you want the overall vibe: When they lost that is when the problems arrived. McCartney wanted to keep things going, but he only made the others feel he wanted to be the boss true or not and they wanted to be 'The Beatles' not a Paul McCartney band. A member could not fill the void in any way left by the loss of a good management.
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The Beatles later found out that Epstein had paid Decca producer Tony Meehan ex-drummer of the Shadows to produce the studio recordings. At this point, almost every other British record company had rejected the group, and Martin had never heard the group live. The Beatles were eventually signed to EMI's small Parlophone label, which had very little experience with pop or rock artists.
Upon signing the contract, Epstein immediately sent a telegram to The Beatles who were in Hamburg and to the Mersey Beat music journal in Liverpool.
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The royalty rate was further reduced for singles sold outside the UK; the group received half of one penny per single, which was again split amongst the whole group. The contract stipulated that 25 per cent would be paid to NEMS for the full nine years even if The Beatles decided not to renew their management contract with Epstein, which was up for renewal later that year. Wooler replied that Best was "very popular with the fans" who would not like it at all.
Best was never given an explanation for his dismissal. Hutchinson turned down the offer, saying, "Pete Best is a very good friend of mine.
I couldn't do the dirty on him"—although Hutchinson did play for The Beatles at short notice when Best did not turn up on the evening of his dismissal and for two subsequent bookings, until Ringo Starr was able to join. He had also occasionally replaced Best when the drummer was ill, and had performed at a recording session with Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison in Hamburg.
Although the concert was televised, the cameras were switched off while the Beatles played, because Brian Epstein and ABC TV had failed to agree over terms. They were filmed receiving their awards, however. Their last live concert was at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on 29 Augustand Epstein's management duties then changed to reflect the changing nature of their career.
He pressured them to continue touring, but they steadfastly refused. It accrued money as promoter, booking agent, and manager for all concerts. He once offered to sell the control of NEMS to Stigwood, without telling any of his artists about the offer.
Why would we do this? I've found out since, of course, that he wasn't quite as honest to us as he made out. To us, he was the expert". I've got a business background, and probably a reasonable business brain. I'm no, sort of, genius [laughter].
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It sold 15, sweaters and 50, badges as the group's popularity grew. Epstein refused to allow the Beatles to endorse any product directly, but through NEMS Enterprises he granted discretionary licences to companies who were able to produce good quality products at a fair price, even though many companies were already selling products without a licence.
While the Beatles were ensconced in the Plaza Hotel in New YorkEpstein was further besieged by calls and visits from promoters, retailers, television commentators and hustlers. When he first visited Epstein's office, Isherwood was surprised to learn that Epstein took 25 per cent of the gross income, and not the 10 per cent that he believed most other managers received at that time.
James and his financial partner and accountant, Charles Silver, would each receive 25 per cent of the shares.
Lennon and McCartney received 20 per cent each, with Epstein receiving the remaining 10 per cent. Isherwood suggested a stock market flotation for Northern Songs. He also suggested to Epstein that during the flotation Lennon and McCartney should move to houses near Isherwood's own in Esher.
In Epstein reinvented it as a music venue featuring various US acts.
Two fans had climbed onto the stage to dance, the curtain came down, and they were pushed from the stage. At night she sang with some of the emergent Merseybeat groups such as Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and the Big Three. He was convinced that Cilla would become a huge star. A week later, over Sunday tea, Cilla and her father signed a contract with Brian Epstein.
She was to be his first designer pop star. Cilla Black herself recalled 30 years later: He immediately declared it would be perfect for Shirley Bassey. When Epstein insisted he had earmarked it for Cilla, Martin doubted that the Liverpool singer had the vocal ability to pull off such a powerful number.
In November she appeared with the comedian Frankie Howerd in Way Out in Piccadilly Prince of Walesthe start of a long-standing friendship between them.
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Realising her potential as a game show host, he booked her for Surprise, Surprise. Cilla Black never refused an interview request, the River Room at the Savoy being her venue of choice, and the presence of her beloved husband being a pre-condition — a relic of her being invited, by one journalist in the s, to stroke his war wound.
Politically, she swung from supporting Harold Wilson in the s to backing John Major in the s.