|06-10-2004, 11:13 AM||#1|
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ALISTAIR TAYLOR Beatles' "Mr. Fix-It" Dies at 69
This is certainly sad news. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Taylor at Beatlefest a few times. He was a very sweet, funny man who had a million Beatles stories. He will be sadly missed.__________________
"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.
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 May 2004"
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