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Brian Epstein

The Beatles arrived in America on this date in 1964 and launched a cultural tidal wave. They were accompanied by their 30-year-old manager Brian Epstein, who had paid for the recording of their first demo record, convinced record producer George Martin to sign them, invented their “mop-top” hairstyles, outfitted them in suits, and arranged for […]

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September 19: A Good Day for Rock & Roll

Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles who brought them to America and to international fame, was born on this date in 1935; Cass Elliot of the Mamas & the Papas was born on this date in 1945; instrumentalist David Bromberg was born on this date in 1946; Bob Dylan recorded one of his finest […]

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August 6: More Popular than Jesus

On this date in 1966, the Beatles’ Jewish manager Brian Epstein cut short a vacation to fly to New York and defend John Lennon for making his infamous remark that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.” The remark had inflamed Christian true-believers, especially in the American South, but also in Mexico, South Africa, and […]

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January 12: Hullabaloo!

Woody Allen was the guest comedian on the premiere program of “Hullabaloo” (the American version) on this date in 1965. NBC’s television show was a showcase for rock and roll acts in the year following Beatlemania, and competed with ABC’s “Shindig,” both running during prime time. The earliest “Hullabaloo” programs (the show aired for less […]

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November 9: Epstein in the Cavern

Liverpool record store owner Brian Epstein visited the Cavern Club to hear the Beatles play their lunchtime show on this date in 1961, the first time Epstein heard the band. Several weeks later, he would become their manager. Two years later, on this date in 1963, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” became the first single […]

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February 7: The Fifth Beatle

The Beatles arrived in America on this day in 1964 and launched a cultural tidal wave. They were accompanied by their 30-year-old manager Brian Epstein, who had paid for the recording of their first demo record, convinced George Martin to sign them, invented their “mophead” hairstyles, outfitted them in suits, and arranged for their appearance […]

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