Failed to delete memorial. [116] Epstein phoned Brown at 5 PM the next day from his Chapel Street house in London. The group declined Epstein's offer, believing that they were worth much more than £50 a week. Epstein first noticed the Beatles in issues of Mersey Beat and on numerous posters around Liverpool created by his commercial artist associate Tony Booth, before he asked Mersey Beat editor Bill Harry who they were. This person, commonly known as a ‘dumpster diver,’ found a valuable cache of fashion photographs by the celebrity photographer Richard Avedon. He watched Brown's sales technique and was impressed enough to lure him to work for NEMS with the offer of a higher salary and a commission on sales. [12] The Epsteins lived at 197 Queens Drive, Childwall in Liverpool, and remained there for the next 30 years. To add a flower, click the “Leave a Flower” button. You need a Find a Grave account to add things to this site. [33] Harry and McCartney later repudiated Epstein's story, as Harry had been talking to Epstein for a long time about the Beatles—the group that he promoted the most in Mersey Beat—with McCartney saying, "Brian knew perfectly well who the Beatles were; they were on the front page of the second issue of Mersey Beat". Please enter your email address and we will send you an email with a reset password code. [127] After ten months he was discharged from the army on medical grounds for being "emotionally and mentally unfit". Supposedly, Martin had no intention of signing the Beatles after listening to the Decca recordings, but he offered a contract after learning that Epstein would cancel all his substantial NEMS business with EMI. Verify and try again. Then it became fashionable to pay stupid crazy money after Avedon died for way later printed copies that in some cases weren’t even actual photographs! Upon signing the contract, Epstein immediately sent a telegram to the Beatles (who were in Hamburg) and to the Mersey Beat music journal in Liverpool. [123][124] During Cynthia's pregnancy Epstein paid for a private room in a hospital and offered the Lennons the sole use of his flat at 36 Falkner Street, Liverpool, when they needed a home. Ian Sharp, one of Lennon's art-school friends, once made a sarcastic remark about Epstein, saying, "Which one of you [Beatles] does he fancy?" Court action followed citing Swann Auctions, the Avedon auction buyer and the antiques picker. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. [56] The Beatles argued for a smaller percentage, but Epstein pointed out that he had been paying their expenses for months without receiving anything in return. Are you sure that you want to report this flower to administrators as offensive or abusive? Thanks for your help! To suggest a change to a cemetery page, visit the Cemetery Corrections forum. Add to your scrapbook. Lennon always denied the rumours, telling Playboy in 1980: "Well, it was almost a love affair, but not quite.