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Cilla Black – singer, presenter, OBE and firm fixture in the nation's heart – is “ One evening I was at Brian Epstein's flat,” she recalls, talking about her Yet their relationship could be as combative as it was constant. . Art · Dance · Dating · Culture News · Picture Galleries · Culture Video · Culture Critics. The singer and television presenter Cilla Black embodied the Sixties spirit of and became the UK's best-selling female recording artist of the Sixties. was only room for one ego in our relationship, and this ego had landed. Cilla Black (Priscilla White) (), Television presenter and singer. Sitter in 12 portraits. Brian Epstein (), Pop impresario; manager of The Beatles. Sitter in Artist associated with portraits. the nation's approach to sex and relationships, and significantly contributing to the s culture of liberation.
Christie's South Kensington in London is holding a guitar auction, with 15 guitars belonging to the American producer Chips Moman on offer. On this occasion, though, the guitars could be over shadowed by the inclusion in the sale of a unique selection of diaries, letters, manuscripts and photographs belonging to the late Brian Epstein.
Brian Epstein was the legendary pop manager who ran a string of artists from his native Liverpool in the 60s, including Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers. He is most famously remembered, however, as the man who discovered the Beatles playing in the dingy Cavern Club in Liverpool and propelled the foursome into becoming the most famous musicians in the world. Although as a group the Beatles split up in and one of their members, John Lennon, is now dead, interest in them has remained extraordinarily high and it is the Beatles that have broken most collecting records.
Anything at all connected with them is voraciously sought after by collectors.
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Epstein's association with the Beatles will mean great interest in the sale. Epstein was often referred to, and liked to be known as, the fifth Beatle. But despite his great success he was a deeply troubled person, haunted by his homosexuality and his arrest for importuning in He died tragically in at the age of The collection is being offered for sale now by Bryan Barrett, who was Epstein's chauffeur and bodyguard for the last two years of his life.
His reasoning is that it was so long ago and with Epstein's mother Queenie now dead the intimate and controversial contents of his diaries will no longer offend.
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]. 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.
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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. Although Bullock had not given the order, he was held responsible.
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He also hosted a regular part of the US television show Hullabaloofilming his appearances in the UK. When Lennon married Cynthia Powellon 23 AugustEpstein served as best man and paid for the couple's celebration lunch afterwards. He also agreed to be godfather to Lennon's son Julian.
Epstein managed to avoid a court martial by agreeing to see an army psychiatrist, who learned of Epstein's sexuality. Epstein later stated that his first homosexual experience was when he returned to Liverpool after being discharged.
Ian Sharp, one of Lennon's art school friends, once made a sarcastic remark about Epstein, saying, "Which one of you [Beatles] does he fancy?
McCartney sent him a letter directing him to have no contact with any of them in the future. Lennon always denied the rumours, telling Playboy in It was never consummated It was ghost-written by journalist Derek Taylorwho served as Epstein's assistant that year, and then as the publicist for NEMS from to Epstein explained his use of the drug as the only means of staying awake at night during numerous concert tours.
Inafter having been introduced to cannabis by Bob Dylan in New York, Epstein was observed by McCartney standing in front of a mirror, pointing at himself and repeatedly saying "Jew!
During the four months when the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper was being recorded, Epstein spent his time on holiday, or at the Priory Clinic in Putney, where he tried unsuccessfully to curb his drug use. He left the Priory to attend the Sgt. The advertisement was sponsored by a group called Soma and was signed by sixty-five people, including the Beatles, Scottish psychiatrist R.
Laingsixteen doctors, and two Members of Parliament. I am not addicted to either, but I have been very drunk and very 'high'.
Epstein immediately asked to play, as he was known for his love of gambling. Epstein often lost thousands of pounds by playing baccarat or chemin de fer, the original version of baccarat when it was introduced to Francebut would stay at Curzon House the whole evening, eating an expensive meal and drinking fine wines.
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The club never presented Epstein with a bill, as they knew he lost so much in the casino. After they arrived, Epstein decided to drive back to London alone because an expected group of rent boys he had invited failed to arrive, although they did turn up after Epstein left. Brown thought that Epstein sounded "very groggy", and suggested that he take a train back down to the nearest railway station, in Uckfieldinstead of driving under the influence of Tuinals. Epstein replied that he would eat something, read his mail, and watch Juke Box Jury before phoning Brown to tell him which train to meet.
He never called again. He was discovered after his butler had knocked on the door, and then hearing no response,  asked the housekeeper to call the police. Epstein had previously agreed to travel to Bangor after the August Bank Holiday. An Insider's Story of the Beatles, that he had once found a suicide note written by Epstein and had spoken with him about it.
According to Brown the note read in part, "This is all too much and I can't take it any more". Brown had also found a will in which Epstein left his house and money to his mother and his brother, with Brown also being named as a minor beneficiary. When confronted with the notes, Epstein told Brown that he would be grateful if Brown did not tell anyone, and was sorry he had made Brown worry.