- Peter Brown (music industry)
Peter Brown is an American
businessman, born and educated in England. He currently resides in New York City.
Brown was a personal assistant to
Brian Epsteinand The Beatlesduring the 1960s. He was a confidant to the Epstein family, and bore some resemblance to Brian in his looks and manner. (Their backgrounds were dissimilar; while Epstein's family were Jewishand affluent, Brown's family were Roman Catholicand lived modestly.) Brown was one of the few people to have direct contact with each Beatle, and know their daily whereabouts.
After Epstein's death, Brown assumed many of the day-to-day management duties Epstein had performed and helped set up their new company Apple Corps. He survived Allen Klein's initial gutting of Apple's staff at the personal request of The Beatles. He eventually left Apple on his own shortly after Allen Klein took over. He was also a board member of
Apple Corps, the Beatles's company.
Brown was witness to both the weddings of Paul and
Linda McCartney, and John Lennonand Yoko Ono, during 1969. Lennon immortalised Brown in a line from " The Ballad of John and Yoko" ("Peter Brown called to say 'You can make it OK, you can get married in Gibraltar near Spain'"), one of the last Beatles singles. This makes Brown one of only five living people (other than the surviving Beatles themselves) to be mentioned by name in a Beatles song, the others being Doris Day, Matt Busbyand B. B. King(all three mentioned in " Dig It") and Bob Dylan(mentioned in " Yer Blues").
After the Beatles ended in 1970, Brown became President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Robert Stigwood Organisation. In 1977, Brown formed the Entertainment Development Company. He also founded Brown & Powers, a public relationsfirm, in 1983, which later became Brown & Argus, and finally Brown Lloyd Jamesin 1997.
Brown co-wrote (with author Stephen Gaines) a biography of the Beatles titled "The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of The Beatles", which was published in 1983.
*1964: Executive assistant to Brian Epstein; Director of
*1967: Executive director of newly-formed Apple Corps; appointed General Manager of Beatles & Co.
*1971: President and CEO of the Robert Stigwood Organization US (RSO)
*1977: Formed The Entertainment Development Company
*1983: Published "The Love You Make"; formed Brown & Powers
*1994: Brown and Powers becomes Brown & Argus
*1997: Brown and Argus becomes Brown Lloyd James
* [http://www.brownlloydjames.com Brown Lloyd James web site]
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