Born 19th September 1934 in Liverpool, England. Died of a drug overdose 27th August
1967 in London.
A true svengali. How Epstein graduated from being the manager of an independent chain
of Liverpool based record shops to being the most powerful manager in pop is a
He brought to the business an honesty, integrity and sense of fair play that was
rarely seen without compromising the best interests of his groups. Initially
drawn to manage The Silver Beatles after being asked for a copy of their "My Bonnie"
single in his shop, he moulded the group in a way that made them popular with all
ages and classes.
He turned them from leather clad rockers into the fashion icons of the pop age. His
constant attention made sure that they were always prepped for interviews and press
conferences and with the exception of Lennon's remarks about the Beatles being more
popular than Christ, he was largely successful. His business skills made them the
first pop band to license their image on a worldwide scale, although even he
underestimated their potential and longevity.
By 1965, his organisation ensured that The Beatles careers were under control at
all times and he started to build up his rosta of artists and groups.
With his tragic death in 1967, the business side of The Beatles' affairs started to
fall apart. Whether the following years of split and acrimony would have followed
had he not died is open to speculation. His diplomacy and astute sense of fair play
in business may well have ensured a longer and even more profitable career for the Fab
In the years since his death much has been made of his alleged attraction to John
Lennon being the motivation for managing the band. This is an irrelevance when it
comes to his ability and achievements which have been an inspiration to every manager
Bass, cello, drums, guitar, keyboards, percussion.
Member of Cat Mother And The All Night News Boys.
Session for the Bob Seger System.
Member of Sly and the Family Stone.
Sessions for Santana, 1971; Carlos Santana-Buddy Miles Live, 1972.
Sessions for Frank Zappa, 1972, 1974.
Session for Donovan, 1974.
ESCOVEDO, PETE "COKE".
Sessions for Santana, 1971; It's A Beautiful Day, 1971; Carlos Santana-Buddy
Miles Live, 1972.
Bruno Libert - keyboards; Gino Mallson - bass; Tony Mallson - drums; Roger Meakin
- vocal; Kim Moore - vocals.
Member of El Chicano.
Member of Dancer, 1976.
Member of Brooklyn Dreams, 1977.
Member of Blues Magoos.
"Discovered" playing the role of Christ in the stage production of "Godspell", Essex
made an easy transition into the world of the teen-pop idol with a string of chart
hits during the seventies. Attempts to find a more mature and serious role for
himself have been quite succesful during the eighties and nineties.
Sessions for Frank Zappa, 1967; The Mothers of Invention, 1972; Steve Marriott,
976; Firefall, 1977.
Sessions for Frank Zappa, 1967; Arthur, Hurley and Gottlieb; Nilsson, 1975.
ESTES, SLEEPY JOHN.
Born John Adam Estes on 25th January 1899 in Ripley, Tennessee. Died 5th June 1977 in Brownsville.
Lost the sight of his right eye after a baseball accident at the age of six. Learnt
to play guitar on a home made instrument made from a cigar box. Played country (Delta)
blues on the dancehall and picnic circuit before recording for Victor in 1929.
During the thirties and forties he worked a lot in Chicago doing both club dates
and recording sessions. By 1950, he'd lost his sight completely but it didn't stop
him working. For several years he moved to Memphis where he recorded for Sun.
Throughout his career he stayed true to the spirit of acoustic country blues until
he died from a stroke.
Member of the Mothers Of Invention, 1966 - 70.
Sessions for Ry Cooder, 1970; Frank Zappa, 1976.
Session for Pollution, 1971.
Michael Ponczek - keyboard; Mark Richards - percussion; Will Sharpe - guitar,
vocals; Brad Stephenson - bass, vocals.
Member of the Flying Burrito Brothers.
Sessions for Ry Cooder, 1970, 1972, 1974; Russ Giguere, 1971; Dave Mason; The
Doors 1972; Maria Muldaur, 1973.
Flute, percussion, saxaphone, vocals.
Member of the Marshall Tucker Band, 1973.
Doug Hoffman - drums, vocals; Bart Libby - keyboards; Suzanna Rey - percussion,
vocals; Steve Tracy - guitar, vocals: Gary Violetti - bass, vocals.
Album: Euphonius Wall, 1973.