First Beatles manager dies

Jan 02, 2017, 00:37
First Beatles manager dies

In 1975, Williams published a memoir called The Man Who Gave The Beatles Away and in later years he spoke regularly at Beatles conventions.

Allan Williams, the first manager of the iconic pop band The Beatles, has died at the age of 86, according to an announcement Friday night.

Williams took the budding musicians under his wing while they decorated and cleaned his Jacaranda Club in Liverpool.

Born in Liverpool on March 17, 1930, Williams opened the Jacaranda, then a coffee bar that featured live music, in 1958, where it was frequented by John Lennon and Stu Sutcliffe, who were then students at Liverpool College of Art, and their bandmate Paul McCartney.

En route to Hamburg in 1960 the band stopped at Arnhem in Holland and John Lennon took this photograph.

Two years earlier, he opened The Jacaranda which was converted into a coffee shop from a former watch fix shop in the heart of Liverpool city centre.

Williams personally drove the band to Hamburg in 1960 for their formative series of gigs in the German city.

They signed with Brian Epstein the following January. Williams offered up the Beatles, and Koschmider agreed, but on the condition that the band become a quintet.

Williams told The Liverpool Echo in 2010, "I've always been proud of The Beatles and proud and happy to have been just a small cog in the wheel of the most famous group in the world".

In his last major interview this year, Williams said, "Of course I remember those days, there was a lot of fun and excitement in the swinging sixties. But no-one knew The Beatles would go on to achieve what they did". He was the little local manager.

"It was cramped. The van didn't even have seats; we had to sit on our amplifiers". "Our thoughts go out to his family at this sad time". "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Allan Williams".

Williams' death comes after early Beatles promoter Sam Leach passed away shortly before Christmas.

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