Posts tagged ‘Brian Epstein’

March 2, 2012

The Cavern Club

The Cavern Club is a rock and roll music hall in Liverpool, England, made famous by The Beatles performing 292 shows there. The club is where Brian Epstein first saw The Beatles perform on November 9th, 1961. The Cavern still stands in Liverpool as a tourist attraction and a working rock venue.

February 23, 2012

I’ll Be on My Way

The Beatles’ “I’ll Be on My Way” was their first song to be ‘given away’ to another artist. Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas (another Liverpool act managed by Brian Epstein) recorded the track in 1963 and released it as the b-side to their single “Do You Want to Know a Secret”, also written by Lennon/McCartney. The only released Beatles version was on their 1994 Live at the BBC compilation.

November 25, 2011

Magical Mystery Tour – The Movie

The Beatles produced, wrote, directed and provided the music for the film Magical Mystery Tour, their first project released after the death of manager Brian Epstein. The film, featuring the band along with other actors, portrayed a surrealist journey on a magical bus filmed in various locations throughout England. While the accompanying album became a Beatles classic, the film was very poorly received and critically panned.

November 23, 2011

Death of Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein, longtime manager of The Beatles, died of an overdose of Carbitral, a type of sleeping pill, in his locked bedroom, in August 1967. After an investigation, his death was officially ruled as accidental, and was probably caused by a gradual buildup of Carbitral in his system mixed with alcohol. The Beatles were away studying transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Wales at the time of Epstein’s death.