A Statue for Brian Epstein
Honouring the Life of the Man Who Gave Us The Beatles
Brian Epstein was one of the most important and influential men of the sixties music scene and is credited for taking the Beatles to national and international fame on a scale never seen before.
The Beatles’ early success has been attributed to Epstein’s management and sense of style and it was perhaps inevitable that he would ultimately become known as “The Fifth Beatle”. Of course, Epstein also managed several other musical artists such as Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cilla Black, The Remo Four & The Cyrkle.
However, despite his immense contribution, there has never been any formal recognition and celebration of his incredible accomplishments. Until now that is!
A song has been written to spearhead a campaign to raise funds to have a statue erected in Liverpool honouring the life of Brian Epstein, and we need to raise the £70,000 to complete the project.
The campaign has the full backing of the Epstein family as well as some very high profile supporters including Mike McCartney, Andy McCluskey of OMD, Freda Kelly (who ran The Beatles fan club), Billy J Kramer, Ian McNabb, Ian Prowse and Gerry Marsden, to mention just a few. Henry Epstein, Brian’s nephew, said “You have our gratitude and the full backing of the Epstein family behind you and what you are trying to achieve with this song”. The statue itself is being created by sculptor Tom Murphy who was responsible for the striking representation of John Lennon in the airport named after him in Liverpool.
To help raise the funds to pay for the statue, some of Liverpool’s famous celebrities and other singers from around the UK are coming on board to sing and record a song composed by Bob Pitt. It is hoped the song will be released early in 2015 with all proceeds going towards the statue. Billy Kinsley of The Merseybeats, and who was also managed by Brian Epstein, will be producing this song. We’ve already got some huge names signed up and on board and we will be inviting more to join us.
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We’re delighted to report that the Statue 4 Eppy Concert, which took place on Saturday 28th February, was a resounding success in all areas. It was an amazing night full of superb music by artists young and old and it couldn’t have been a better tribute to Brian Epstein. The great man himself would have been proud.
The concert started with acts from the Merseybeat era followed by music from current and upcoming Merseyside acts. The show rounded off with a showing of the video of “Our Friend”, the song composed by Bob Pitt to aid the fundraising campaign for the statue.
Team Eppy is immensely grateful to everyone involved in making the concert such a brilliant and often moving occasion. Without your time, which you gave so freely, none of this would have been possible.
There are some stunning concert photos on our Gallery page.
We’re also pleased to say that you can now download your copy of Our Friend by clicking the link here:
This is the video for the new single ‘Our Friend’ performed by ‘The Eppy Centre’. Introduced by Mike McCartney, featuring Garry Christain, Andy McCluskey, Billy Kinsley, Billy J. Kramer, Ian Prowse, Ian McNabb, Tricia Penrose, Paul Barber, Owen Paul, Beryl Marsden, the choir of All Saints Primary School in Anfield and many others.
Updated 6th March 2015
Ready for a rocking good time? Team Eppy is delighted to announce a very special, one-off concert at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool at which the song “Our Friend” will officially be launched. The event, hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Billy Butler, will also celebrate the life and career of Brian Epstein and is to take place on Saturday 28 February 2015. Some great names are already lined up to appear and it’s sure to be a fantastic night of great music, so grab your tickets before it’s too late!
Naturally, all proceeds from the concert – as well as from the sales of the single “Our Friend” – will go towards the statue fund. Please visit our dedicated Statue 4 Eppy Concert page for full details.
News of the concert received welcome coverage in today’s Liverpool Echo.