Entertainment The Beatles' first manager Allan Williams dies aged 86

18:20  31 december  2016
18:20  31 december  2016 Source:   Evening Standard

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"The Jacaranda's original owner and the man who discovered The Beatles , Allan Williams , has sadly passed away at the age of 86 ." When the band first asked to play at the Jacaranda, Williams instead gave them jobs renovating the Slater Street venue. Sir Paul described Williams in The Beatles Anthology as "a great guy, a really good motivator". They signed with Brian Epstein the following January. The Beatles Story exhibition said Williams ' role as their first booking agent and manager "helped shape the band in to what we see and know today".

Alan Williams , The Beatles ‘ first manager , has died at the age of 86 . The Bootle-born businessman (pictured far-left in the photograph above) is often credited with discovering the band and gave them early gigs at his Liverpool music venue, the Jacaranda. In 1960, he personally drove the band – whose lineup then included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best – to Hamburg for a formative series of gigs. The Jacaranda confirmed Williams ’ death on Facebook yesterday, writing: “Today is one of the saddest days in our history.

AllanWilliams.jpg © Provided by Independent Print Limited AllanWilliams.jpg The man credited with discovering the Beatles, Allan Williams, has died aged 86.

The owner of the Jacaranda Club in Liverpool took the fledgling musicians under his wing after employing them to clean and decorate his business.

He then drove the foursome to Hamburg, Germany to hone their skills and kick-start their path to stardom.

The Jacaranda announced the death of the stalwart of the city's music scene on Friday, writing on Facebook: "Today is one of the saddest days in our history.

"The Jacaranda's original owner and the man who discovered The Beatles, Allan Williams, has sadly passed away at the age of 86.

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THE Beatles ' first manager Allen Williams has died at aged 86 . Allan also founded the famous Jacaranda Club on Slater Street, Liverpool. Sharing the sad news on Facebook, the club wrote: "Today [Friday] is one of the saddest days in our history. "The Jacaranda's original owner and the man who discovered The Beatles , Allan Williams , has sadly passed away at the age of 86 .

Sir Paul described Williams in The Beatles Anthology as "a great guy". PA. The Beatles ' first manager Allan Williams , has died at the age of 86 . The Beatles Story exhibition said Williams ' role as their first booking agent and manager "helped shape the band in to what we see and know today". Its director Martin King said: " Allan was a friend to many of us at the Beatles Story and his legacy will continue to be told for years to come."

"All of our thoughts and wishes go to his family and his wife Beryl.

"His legacy has allowed us to remain at the heart of the Liverpool music scene for almost 60 years and his memory will live on through every band that plays our famous stage.

"Allan, you will be missed."

  The Beatles' first manager Allan Williams dies aged 86 © Provided by Independent Print Limited When the band first asked to play at the Jacaranda, Mr Williams instead gave them jobs renovating the venue in Slater Street before deciding to send them to Hamburg. 

Mr Williams, from the Sefton Park area, parted ways with the band - then comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best - in 1961.

Sir Paul described him in The Beatles Anthology as "a great guy, a really good motivator".

Beatles' first manager, Allan Williams, dies at 86

  Beatles' first manager, Allan Williams, dies at 86 The Liverpool club owner drove the band to Hamburg on their formative trip in 1960 and also handled early bookingsThe Beatles Story, an exhibition in Liverpool celebrating the band’s success, praised Williams for his “significant role”. Martin King, its spokesman, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Allan Williams. Our thoughts go out to his family at this sad time. Allan was a friend to many of us at the Beatles Story and his legacy will continue to be told for years to come.

"The Jacaranda's original owner and the man who discovered The Beatles , Allan Williams , has sadly passed away at the age of 86 ." When the band first asked to play at the Jacaranda, Williams instead gave them jobs renovating the Slater Street venue. Sir Paul described Williams in The Beatles Anthology as "a great guy, a really good motivator". They signed with Brian Epstein the following January. The Beatles Story exhibition said Williams ' role as their first booking agent and manager "helped shape the band in to what we see and know today".

Allan Williams , who was the Beatles ' first manager and arranged their breakthrough residency in Hamburg, dies aged 86 . Allan Williams , you will be missed." Williams worked with The Beatles from 1960 to 1961, getting the band gigs in Britain, and in Hamburg where their future development was shaped. Born in Bootle, Williams opened Jacaranda on Slater Street as a coffee bar in 1957 and it became a popular meeting place for many of the young musicians who were soon to make Merseybeat a worldwide phenomenon.

They signed with Brian Epstein the following January.

The Beatles Story exhibition said Mr Williams' role as their first booking agent and manager "helped shape the band in to what we see and know today".

Its director Martin King said: "Allan was a friend to many of us at the Beatles Story and his legacy will continue to be told for years to come."

Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn tweeted: "No Allan Williams, no Hamburg. No Hamburg, no Beatles."

  The Beatles' first manager Allan Williams dies aged 86 © Provided by Independent Print Limited

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