James Alistair Taylor
(1935-2004)

Died aged c. 69

James Alistair Taylor (21 June 1935 – 9 June 2004) was the English personal assistant of Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles. As an employee at Epstein's company NEMS, Taylor accompanied him when he first saw the Beatles perform, at the Cavern Club in Liverpool on 9 November 1961. Taylor subsequently worked as the group's so-called "Mr. Fixit", devising escape routes from crazed fans and assisting the band members in purchasing property. He later became general manager of Apple Corps but was fired soon after Allen Klein arrived to address the company's financial problems. Taylor published various memoirs of his years in the Beatles' employ, including Yesterday: The Beatles Remembered and With the Beatles.

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Personal Assistant of Brian Epstein 1960-67

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James Alistair Taylor (1935-2004) Taylor was born in Curzon Street. Although christened James, he always preferred the name Alistair. After his National Service in the R.A.F., he took a variety of jobs before meeting up with Brian Epstein in 1960. He became Epstein's Personal Assistant and also General Manager at Epstein's record store, NEMS (North End Music Stores), which later expanded into a management company called NEMS Enterprises. He was with Epstein at The Cavern when he saw The Beatles for the first time on 9th November 1961. Alistair's name appears on the first management contract that The Beatles signed with Epstein. Paul McCartney nicknamed Alistair 'Mr. Fixit' because of his ability in finding quick and effective solutions to The Beatles' problems. His many and varied duties included finding escape routes from screaming fans, purchasing property, or simply being a shoulder for the band to cry on. Following Epstein's death in 1967, at the request of John Lennon, Alistair became General Manager of Apple Corps, The Beatles' business empire. After leaving Apple Corps in 1969, he went to work for Dick James' DJM Records, where he helped to promote Elton John who was then an emerging artist. He also worked with other performers such as James Taylor, Cream, Cilla Black, The Bee Gees, The Four Tops, The Moody Blues, and many more. Always approachable, Alistair was a much loved figure at Beatles fan conventions. He died in Chesterfield Royal Hospital after a short bronchial illness.

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