The Beatles' first manager dies, aged 86



Allan Williams, a Liverpool music promoter who helped the Beatles get early gigs, has died.

Alan Williams, The Beatles' first manager, has died at the age of 86.

"All of our thoughts and wishes go to his family and his wife Beryl", a message on the club's Facebook page read.

"His legacy has allowed us to remain at the heart of the Liverpool music scene for nearly 60 years, and his memory will live on through every band that plays our famous stage", the venue wrote. Just heard Allan Williams whom I had a great relationship with starting back in 1960 on our maiden voyage to Hamburg, where we cut our teeth and learnt our craft has passed away.

Williams opened The Jacaranda in 1958, and the venue became a popular hangout for local art students, including Beatles members John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Stu Sutcliffe.

Allan also founded the famous Jacaranda Club on Slater Street, Liverpool.

"It was mainly their personalities, because most of the groups were a bit on the thick side, whereas they all had good educations", he said.

They went on to play there several times and Williams organised their first residency in Hamburg in Germany.

"I've always been proud of the Beatles and proud and happy to have been just a small cog in the wheel of the most famous group in the world", Williams told the Liverpool Echo in 2010. Initially, he asked them to work on decorating the venue before allowing them on stage.

A decade and a half later, Williams published a memoir titled The Man Who Gave The Beatles Away. "Has Paul McCartney given you some money?' And I tell them 'I'm a millionaire of memories".

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