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August 27 1967, Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager, was
found dead in his London apartment. The circumstances surrounding
his death have never been resolved. He died of an overdose
of tranquilizers, but some claim it was suicide. Epstein,
a homosexual, was the man who spotted the Beatles at the
Cavern Club in 1961 and who secured them record deal with
EMI after convincing George Martin they were worth a try.
died, the Beatles lost more than a friend; they also lost
control of their finances.
a half years later, in February 1969, the Beatles hired
American businessman Allen Klein to look after their business.
McCartney disliked the appointment of Klein, and would rather
see their finances controlled by a law firm which belonged
to the family of his future wife, Linda Eastman. The dispute
split the group deeply, and it was one of the key factors
that eventually lead to their break up.
the time and effort the Beatles had put into making the
Sgt. Pepper album, it would have seemed natural for them
to rest on the laurels a bit and to take a long break.
few days after Sgt. Pepper had been completed, in late April
1967, the Beatles were back in the recording studio to work
on the soundtracks for their next two movie projects: Magical
Mystery Tour and Yellow
Submarine was a cartoon film, and the soundtrack featured
only four new Beatles songs. The rest of the album was made
up by two previously released songs, All
You Need Is Love and Yellow
Submarine, plus classical instrumentals scored by producer
George Martin. It was not released until January 1969 (number
2 in the US, number 4 in the UK).
Magical Mystery Tour was financed, scripted and directed
by the Beatles, and they also acted in it. Released in the
UK on Boxing Day 1967, it was a critical failure, but the
soundtrack featured new and exciting Beatles material, including
Lennon's superb I
Am The Walrus.
Mystery Tour soundtrack was released as an album in the
US, where it reached number 1 on the charts, and as a double
EP in the UK, reaching number 2.
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