•A 24 year old promoter borrowed $5,000 from his father
to book the Beatles for the Philadelphia Civic Center. His father
mortgaged his house for the loan. The investment paid off. The promoter
never saw the show as he was drafted into military service (Harry).
•Sid Bernstein earned $6,500 promoting the Beatle's second
Shea Stadium concert.
•Candlestick Park: The promoter told the San Francisco Chronicle
that he could make $16,000 if the concert is sold out. The gross
would be $180,000 but he said $130,000 would be realistic. The Beatles
would take $84,000, the city 19,500, and $20,000 in expenses. The
city demanded and got 50 free tickets (Lipack).
•In 1964 NEMS had a staff of 15 people. In 1966 there were
80 staff members.
•Alistair Taylor: "When Brian died Clive asked me to
stay on as General Manager. Clive was a director of NEMS but he
didn't bother with the day-to-day running of it...I was very unhappy
[at NEMS] and the boys spotted this. John said, 'Okay come on over
to Apple and be our General Manager'. I'd helped to set up Apple
in the first place... (Pritchard, p. 254).
•Robert Stigwood leaves after Brian's death with £500,000
and half of NEMS' artists (Norman, p. 310).
•Alistair Taylor was in Greece with Magic Alex to look for
an island for the Beatles to buy.. A friend of Magic Alex and his
family took them to a cafe for food and drinks. The friend of Magic
Alex said to Alistair, "My family and friends will be very
insulted if you offer to pay for your food. It is our custom here
in Crete to look after any bona fide traveler. It has been so since
Minos ruled the island three thousand years ago. Whatever you do,
don't offer to pay!" (Taylor, A. p. 86).
•Alistair Taylor was in the US promoting The Silkie and
had secured them with a number of television appearances. He was
having difficulty in securing work permits and approached Brian
for $1000 to "oil the wheels". Brian flatly refused (Gunby,
G. Hello Goodbye, p. 42).
•Patricia Anne Boyd was born March 17, 1945 in Somerset,
England. She was the first child of the Boyd family. The family
moved to Kenya for some time during the 1950's for their father's
job, they returned when Boyd was in her late teens. Boyd and her
sister Jenny went out to London in 1962, where they began successful
modeling careers. Pattie and Jenny were used to traveling for the
jobs, usually to New York City. Pattie also modeled in Paris for
mod designer Mary Quant. Pattie's exposure in the press led to her
getting a commercial contract from American director Richard Lester
(Compiled by Elle: firstname.lastname@example.org).
•Jackie DeShannon earned $1,250 per week on the bill of
the Beatles' 1964 fall tour.
•Alan Civil (horn player on Revolver sessions) answering
Paul after Paul asked him how high he could play:
"Well, you know, it gets more expensive as you get higher.
It gets physically impossible unless you've got a
lot of money".
•Dave Mason (member of the New Philharmonia) received £27
10s (£27.50) for his work on Penny Lane (Lewisohn. Chronicle
•For the overdub horns on Magical Mystery Tour three players
were paid £15 for the session and £15
overtime (Lewisohn. Chronicle p. 254).
•Magic Alex lived in a £20,000 house John bought.
•Bob Bonis on the first U.S. tour: "They had about
65 people, including 10 press that Brian Epstein charged
$1,000 a week just to be on the tour".
•Mick Jagger stated that he and Paul had talked about opening
a joint studio, but they didn't proceed with the
•The Cavern Club closed in '66 with 10,000 ponds in debt
because of alterations and equipment purchases.
•In April of '66 the Cavern Club was sold for £5,500.
•Cynthia on John and their chauffeur: [John] gave Jock full
charge of the car and let him have full use of it
when off duty. It was only by chance that we discovered why he was
such a mess and why the car stank
of stale ciggies and booze when he rolled up at the house. Apparently
a local inhabitant had passed the car
night after night parked along one of the estate roads, lights out
and Jock curled up in the back seat fast
asleep. Our car was his home and transport for boozy nights out
with his mates!
(Lennon, Cynthia. Twist p. 119).
•Cynthia on John's speech (or lack thereof) at the Foyle's
Luncheon in John's honor: 'Ladies and gentlemen', he muttered, 'Thank
you very much; it's been a pleasure'. And that folks was that! The
looks of amazement on everyone's faces was comical. They were totally
nonplussed. Slowly, following a smattering of puzzled applause,
the silence was broken by the increasing volume of conversation.
We were surprised by indignant people, realizing that that was all
they were getting for their money and annoyed by the lack of expected
entertainment. Nevertheless they had their pound of flesh when it
came to autographs (Lennon, Cynthia. Twist p. 101).
•Bill Harry: When the Cavern went bankrupt Ray McFall sold
shares he had in Mersey Beat to Brian Epstein (Bill Harry in an
email to beatlemoney.com).
•Brian Epstein approached me and wanted me to cease Mersey
Beat and launch a
national music paper. He asked me to think of a name and I coined
the name Music
Echo, ceased producing Mersey Beat and launched a newspaper of that
(Bill Harry in an email to the author of beatlemail.com).
•Tony Sheridan released a song he had recorded with the
1961 Beatles and the
record sold over a million copies.
•United Artists, keen to release a Beatles soundtrack album,
were willing to offer
the Beatles 25 per cent. At the meeting to discuss the deal, Brian
offer by telling them: 'I wouldn't consider anything under seven
and a half percent'. Fortunately, their lawyer David Jacobs was
able to finalize a deal in which they eventually received 25 per
cent-but he asked only for gross, not net. Also, producer Walter
Shenson's lawyer negotiated a better deal for his client (Harry.
Encyclopedia, p. 119).
•Ringo's mother joined other relatives from the Cavern in
an expensive (£110) telephone link up with
Radio WROD in Florida for rebroadcast the next day.
•Rory Storm had some difficulties with the tax people after
Ringo reported how much he had made
to the government while he was a member of the Hurricanes.
•Rory Storm performed at the Cavern in '66 hours before
bailiffs came to close it down.
•The Maharishi wanted the Beatles to tithe a portion of
their income to his Swiss bank account.
•Bob Dylan: The last time I went to London, I stayed at
John Lennon's house. You should see all the stuff Lennon bought:
big cars, a stuffed gorilla, and thousands of things in every room
of the house, which obviously cost a fortune. When I got home I
wondered what it would be like to have all those material things.
I figured I had the money and I could do it, and I wondered if it
would feel like anything real. So I bought all this stuff, filled
my house with it and sat around in the middle of it all. I felt
•Vic Lewis asked Brian, during the take-off from Manila,
if he had the money. It was customary that Brian would dole out
his 'brown bag money', the money unofficially garnered at the end
of the Beatles show date. Mr. Lewis was not aware that Brian had
to turn over much of the money to the Philippine tax officials.
•Dick Lester: He entered college at 15, quit a good television
job at 22 to bum around Europe, playing
guitar, before success could imprison him. He landed in England
just as commercial television was getting
under way; this time, the climate seemed agreeable, and from that
point on, he zoomed. (Look Magazine
12 - 13 - 1966. Leonard Gross).
•When Vic Lewis asked for a part of the 'brown bag' money,
Brian reportedly shouted, "Don't you even
mention the word 'money'!". Lewis reportedly physically grabbed
Brian and retorted, "I'll mention the word 'money'!" (Lipack,
•Another actor referring to John on the set of How I Won
the War. "You're not working with another
actor, you're working with an OBE (Order of the British Empire),
a multimillionaire - in sterling, not
dollars - whose every word will be reported in the world press.
The miracle is that he's so normal. I
could wrap him up dialectically in two minutes, intellectually,
in three. But he's got a certain inborn,
prenatal talent. I have my talent, which I think is considerable,
but it doesn't compare in his field."
(Look Magazine 12 - 13 - 1966. Leonard Gross).
•Roger Ruskin Spear (former member of Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band):
We were asked to play at the
wrap up party (for MMT) - John Lennon personally invited us. We
were up north doing some wretched
gig when our management rang up and said we'd been invited to the
Beatles' party and "by the way they
want you to perform. Unfortunately you can't go because you're due
in Washington!" So complete
explosions went on and Brian Sommerville, our publicist said, "Oh
you guys have got to do it. I could
never get together a publicity party like this." So we moved
heaven and earth and it cost us a fortune.
We went down and did it, but in the end it really didn't do us any
good at all. It was just a big booze up with John Lennon throwing
up in the loo and all that sort of thing. But from then on, I suppose,
we knew the Beatles (Giuliano, Glass Onion p. 283).
•Norman Smith, their recording balance engineer, gets a
pair of gold cuff-links inscribed Two D-Bs Smith, which is Paul
McCartney's nickname for Mr. Smith. The present is from the Beatles.
•Four female fans hired a helicopter to fly over the Beatles'
rented house in Beverly Hills.
•In 1967 Mal Evans bought a home in Sunbury, a location
near John, George, and Ringo.
•Robert Freeman supplied many of the photos to Beatles Monthly
Fan Club Magazine and this was “a profitable position”
•The Lennon’s visited Robert Freeman, Beatle photographer,
when looking for an apartment to move to London. Upon hearing that
the apartment above the Freeman’s was vacant, John rented
it sight unseen (Brown, p. 113).
•Pat Boone, 1964: The Beatles were selling all the records,
so the rest of us in the music business were
twiddling our thumbs saying, "What's going on here?".
It hardly made sense to go into the studio and record (Giuliano.
Lost Int. p. 372).
•The Cavern closed on February 27, 1966 as the costs of
renovations to update to the proper health
codes were too costly for the club (www.cavern-liverpool.co.uk).
•Donations were solicited for the Cavern to reopen and £5500
was contributed by two local Liverpool
•The Cavern started to sell alcohol on August 9 1967 (www.cavern-liverpool.co.uk).
•Pete Best won a legal suit against Ringo for comments Ringo
made about him during a Playboy interview.
The amount was not reported but after legal fees Pete was able to
add on to his house in West Derby
(Clayson, p. 89).
•Reporter: I understand there's a suit pending against the
Beatles by Peter Best, who claims to be a former
member of the group. Is that true?
John: I think he's had a few, but we don't bother with those.
•In January 31 Pete Best and the All Stars reportedly sign
•Jimmy Nicol received a check and an Eternamatic gold watch
for filling in for Ringo in Australia. Brian objected
to Nicol's saying that he thought Ringo couldn't play in time, playing
in a club with another singer, and extensive shopping sprees.
•When Brian talked of money in front of them, I got very,
very nervous. They paid me £2,500 per gig and a
£2,500 signing bonus. Now, that floored me. When John spoke
up in a protest by saying ``Good God, Brian,
you'll make the chap crazy!'', I thought it was over. But no sooner
had he said that when he said, ``Give him 10,000!'' Everyone laughed
and I felt a hell of a lot better. That night I couldn't sleep a
wink. I was a f**king
•Mark Lewisohn reports in `The Beatles Live' that Nicol
actually was paid £500 plus expenses for the tour
and got an engraved gold wristwatch. Glenn A. Baker's`The Beatles
Down Under' also used the £500 figure,
and reported that on the Australian tour, Brian Epstein honoured
an early commitment to the tour promoter at
a fee for below what the Beatles were receiving elsewhere that summer---only
£1,500 a week for the whole
•Reporter: How much money did they pay you for being a Beatle?
Nicol: I was paid unbelievable! So much that I practically lived
off of it for a couple of years. I was paid in
the neighbourhood of £40,000 all told. At £2500 a show
for 10 shows plus a £2,500 signing bonus, he would
have made £27,000. But again, Lewisohn reported he was paid
£500 plus expenses.