Before the Beatles managed themselves, the boy band had company owner Brian Epstein as their official manager. When we talk about this rock band during a The Beatles: Come Back video clip, Epstein said he was “immediately struck” by their presence on stage.
Brian Epstein appeared as Beatles manager
John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote songs together as teenagers. The duo eventually morphed into a four-piece band that created original music. In 1961, business owner Epstein signed on to manage “four unknown, scruffy guys” now known as the Beatles.
These artists became the best-known boy band in the world in the following years. They performed overseas and made history with songs like “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. Even Epstein has become well known to fans, appearing in separate interviews with the band.
“At first I was very fierce about the fact that the manager was not known at all,” Epstein said in a 1964 interview with UK Tonight Show. “Fortunately or unfortunately, I don’t know, but it actually happened to me…for at least 12 months after I was careful not to even mention my name.”
As the Beatles grew in popularity, Epstein remained their manager until his death in 1967. Even years later, images of this semi-celebrity surfaced, some of which detailed his experience with the boy band to their beginnings.
Brian Epstein commented on the Beatles and their “sense of humor”
The original from Disney+, The Beatles: Come back, detailed the band’s performance in 1969 and the days leading up to it. However, this documentary series featured an interview clip of Epstein. He discussed what first attracted him to the boy band, including their stage presence.
“I was immediately struck by their music, rhythm and sense of humor, actually on stage,” Epstein said during a music video. “And that’s where, really, it all started.”
This stage presence was evident in The Beatles: Come Back performance, where they performed new songs ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, ‘Get Back’, ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’, ‘One After 909’ and ‘Dig a Pony’.
The Beatles got by for a while
In 1967 Epstein died of an accidental drug overdose. Around the same time, the Beatles were reeling from the release of sergeant. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The band took a break from touring and live performances, which led to The Beatles: Come Back and their concert on the roof of London.
The group decided to manage themselves, as musical directors and songwriters. Some Beatles branched out to work on films, which only added to the stress of the group.
David Phillip wrote “years of costly post-split lawsuits and mind-bogglingly creative arguments, and inherent broken relationships” in Magical Mystery Tour: Failures of the self-made Beatles era and lessons for today’s DIY musicians. Of course, the band eventually broke up to work on solo projects.
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