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The man who discovered the legendary British rock band, The Beatles, is now being memorialized with a statue bearing his likeness in Liverpool, England according to a BBC report.
Brian Epstein, whom Sir Paul McCartney called “the Fifth Beatle” was Jewish and served as the manager of the band during its formative years in the early 1960s. Epstein is credited with catapulting the band to international fame and fortune after originally seeing the Fab Four play at the Cavern Club in London, as was reported by the BBC.
The BBC said that the Brian Epstein Legacy Project would like the statue placed on Whitechapel, near the NEMS Record Store that he owned. Heading up the project is Tom Calderbank, who told the BBC that he was “absolutely delighted” to be submitting the plans for the work.
“This is a tribute to the hard work, enthusiasm and tenacity of our committee who have spent five years working towards this goal,” he said, according to the BBC report. “The Epstein family have supported us from the start, and I’m made up we’re able to repay that faith by confirming that Brian will finally be justly honored in his hometown.”
The BCC reported that sculptor Andy Edwards said showing Epstein in full stride was a nod to his Pier Head statues of the Fab Four.
According to a JTA report that appeared in the Jewish News of the UK, Brian Epstein was born on Yom Kippur to a family of Russian and Lithuanian Jewish descent. The report indicated that he conducted his life as a Jew but also as a closeted gay man. Apparently, these two identities made life quite difficult in the 1960s. The JTA report said that even the band that he helped to make famous joked about Epstein’s gayness, according to a memoir written by Ivor Davis, a Jewish journalist who covered the band’s American tour in 1964. According to Davis’ book, Lennon joked that Epstein should name his memoir “Queer Jew.”
The spokeswoman for the Brian Epstein Legacy Project said that “although his sexuality was not publicly known until after his death, it was well known amongst his friends and business associates and he faced many personal challenges”.
Under Epstein’s management, the Beatles eventually made their way to the United States where they played on the Ed Sullivan Show on CBS to a televised audience of 73 million people in February of 1964.
Epstein eventually died of a drug overdose in 1967 at the age of 32. The BBC reported that The Beatles attended a memorial service in Epstein’s honor at the New London Synagogue.
The spokeswoman for the project said that Epstein’s death in 1967 was “seen as the beginning of the end for The Beatles.”
He was also instrumental in the careers of several other local acts, including Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, and Tommy Quickly, according to the report.