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Subject: Joe Flannery, booking manager for The Beatles (1962-63)

Dies at 87
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Date Posted: Friday, March 29, 07:22:00am

Joe Flannery dead: Tributes pour in as 'secret Beatle' dies aged 87

Joe Flannery, who was renowned as the 'Secret Beatle' thanks to his part in the band's early days, has died at the age of 87.

Mr Flannery was the Beatles' booking manager between 1962-3 and a lifelong friend of their manager Brian Epstein.

Long after the band went their separate ways, Joe continued to share his firsthand experience of their origins with fans all over the world.

Tragically, before his death Joe had been planning to travel to Norway to take part in a Beatles' convention.

Joe's nephew Norman Meek confirmed his death at his home in Liverpool on Wednesday.

In a statement he said: "He had been unwell for the past month but he was still making plans for the future.

"Fans from all over the world would call at his home and he was always happy to speak with them.

"He had a song, Much Missed Man, and I'm sure the city would agree with that sentiment."

Joe's association with The Beatles began when his flat in Gardner Road, Stoneycroft became a meeting place for Merseyside bands from 1959 onwards, particularly late at night after they had played gigs around the region.

Members of The Beatles would often sleep at the flat and Joe would run them home in his car the next morning, giving the young George Harrison driving lessons as they headed out to the Harrison family home in Speke .

He said: "It was a very exciting time. The Beatles were more with me than Brian in the early days."

Joe wrote about his experiences in his autobiography Standing in the Wings: The Beatles, Brian Epstein and Me, published in 2013.

The famous Cavern Club paid tribute, writing: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Joe Flannery, a lifelong friend and business associate of Brian Epstein and friend of The Cavern Club. Everyone at The Cavern, Beatleweek and all who met him over the years will miss him dearly and our thoughts are with his family.”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, tweeted: “Sad to hear of the passing of my dear friend Joe Flannery a real gentleman so influential in the Liverpool music scene, he was a Beatles historian and ambassador for our City. He lived and breathed music and our City. RIP Joe x”


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