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Tony Barrow
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    (May 11, 1936-May 14, 2016)
    Born in Crosby, England, United Kingdom
    Press agent for the Beatles (1962-68)
    Formed Tony Barrow International (1968)
    Promoted the Kinks, Bay City Rollers and New Seekers
    Handled publicity for European tours by American acts, including the Jackson Five, Gladys Knight, Tony Bennett, Neil Sedaka, Andy Williams, David Cassidy and David Soul
    Wrote ‘Inside the Music Business’ and ‘John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me’
    He was working at Decca Records when he first began handling publicity for the Beatles, who recorded for rival label EMI.
    He had a volatile relationship with Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who fired him over a dozen times (and immediately rehired him each time).
    He ghostwrote magazine articles that appeared under the band members’ names.
    When John Lennon beat up Bob Wooler (for implying that Lennon and manager Epstein had slept together during a recent vacation in Spain), he quickly released to the press a story about the pair’s reconciliation, in which Lennon’s apology, Wooler’s acceptance, and every other quote were invented by Barrow.
    He and his wife Corinne were married for 53 years.
    He began writing a record review column for the Liverpool Echo while still in high school.
    Based on his experience at the Echo, he made sure the Beatles were available for regional newspapers as well as the large London dailies.
    He coined the Beatles’ nickname ‘the Fab Four.’
    He avoided taking too much credit for the group’s success: ‘It was the Beatles who made themselves big, by virtue of their personalities and their great records.’

Credit: C. Fishel

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