Alistair Taylor was
Personal Assistant to Brian Epstein from 1960 till Epstein's
death in 1967. He then became General Manager of Apple -
and continued working for the Beatles until he (along with
16 other Apple staff members) was made redundant by Allen
Klein in 1969. He accompanied Brian Epstein the very first
time that Brian saw the Beatles at the Cavern on 9th November
1961. And he was there as the band disintegrated in 1969.
He saw it all… He was an integral part of it all…
He was a loyal and
wonderful companion and tireless worker for the Beatles.
Their nickname for him was "Mr. Fix-It." Whatever the Beatles
needed or wanted individually or collectively - he arranged.
With superb professionalism - and utter discretion. In the
years after the Beatles he wrote several books, gave countless
media interviews and spoke at numerous Beatles fan conventions.
He never said even one ill word of his employers. He only
ever celebrated their music, life and spirit.
He was as generous
speaking to individual fans in convention corridors as he
was speaking to thousands from a big stage. His heart was
huge and his love for Brian Epstein, the Beatles and their
fans was endless.
He died peacefully
in his sleep on the morning of Wednesday 9th June 2004 -
after a short bronchial illness. Mercifully he suffered
no pain. His planned activity for the day had been to videotape
a reminiscence of Brian Epstein to be shown at an upcoming
tribute to the Beatles' manager in San Francisco. Typical
of Alistair - he was always giving to others. His entire
life was about giving. And most of all in recent years -
he gave to us fans.
He is survived by
Lesley - his wife of 45 years. They had no children.
Lesley is not online
and cannot receive email or view websites.
However if you wish
to express your condolences to Lesley and let her know how
much you cared for Alistair - you may do so by sending an email to this address
- and your message will be printed and delivered to her.
Rest In Peace dear
Alistair. Thank you for your generous service to Brian and
the Beatles. And thank you for being such a wonderful friend
to all of us fans.
9th June 2004
5 de setembro de 1966.
John Lennon e o assistente Alistair Taylor chegam ao Aeroporto
Heathrow; Lennon embarcará para a Alemanha onde filmará
"How I Won the War".
Foto: gettyimages / Livro The Beatles 365
Days (Autor: Simon Wells)