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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A big thank you to everyone who has supported this exciting campaign to raise funds to build a statue in memory of Brian Epstein. Due to the significant interest in Mr Epstein’s legacy we have taken the decision to ring fence all funds raised up to this point for the statue and confirm we will continue to raise even more for that purpose. But, we have also decided to create an on-going longer term strategy in Brian’s name to support disadvantaged young people looking to get involved in music management and music itself.
We would like to reassure you that all donations received to date will still be used directly to fund the new statue of Brian Epstein. However, should you not want us to follow this additional direction we would be happy to return any individual funds directly donated. Please get in touch via our contact page.
The new campaign and charity is to be called The Epstein Foundation – and we are very pleased to confirm that Gary Millar, former Lord Mayor of Liverpool, has agreed to be its Chair and Frieda Kelly, Billy J Kramer and the current Lord Mayor of Liverpool are new Patrons.
These are truly exciting times!
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