The first man to manage the Beatles, Liverpool club owner Allan Williams, has died aged 86.
Although he worked with the group for only about a year, at the start of the sixties, they performed both in Hamburg, Germany and in the UK thanks to him.
Williams had owned the Jacaranda Club in Liverpool when he was first approached by Lennon and McCartney.
He is said to have thought they might be useful to help him decorate the place.
Although their relationship came to end in 1961, years later he wrote about his experiences in a book entitled, ‘Allan Williams: The Man Who Gave the Beatles Away’.
The Beatles went on to sign a contract with manager Brian Epstein.