The fact that Brian came from a wealthy family was impressive to the Beatles, and also allowed him the time and resources to pursue and make contacts for the Beatles in the music industry. Brian was also different from The Beatles in that he was Jewish and homosexual.
Author Peter Brown ("The Love You Make"), who was hired by Brian in the early '60's to manage the NEMS record shop and who subsequently became the director of Apple in the late '60's,
believes that Brian's main motivation for helping the Beatles is because he was in love with John Lennon.
Bill Harry, former editor of Mersey Beat, refutes that theory claiming that Brian became interested in the Beatles because he observed how popular they were locally through Mersey Beat.
"I was on holiday with Brian Epstein in Spain, where the rumors went around that he and I were having a love affair. Well, it was almost a love affair, but not quite. It was never consummated. But it was a pretty intense relationship."
Whatever his true motivation, there is no denying that Brian Epstein was the impetus to the Beatles' career.
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Fun Fact: A fictitious film was made about the relationship between John Lennon and Brian Epstein focusing on their trip to Spain in 1963 called "The Hours and Times"
Brian Epstein, An Unlikely Pop Impresario
Having a non-traditional pop music manager made a huge difference in the Beatles' career.
This unlikely candidate for being the Beatles' manager was just the start of many unlikely professionals that the Beatles worked with--all to their advantage.
Watch an interview with Brian Epstein and The Beatles in 1963:
Having a manager that was supportive and caring helped the Beatles break down industry barriers and allowed them the creative freedom that a traditional manager would never have put up with.
"I think there is no doubt that had they [The Beatles] not had a manager of Brian Epstein's determination, I don't think that they would have emerged from Liverpool. Without Brian Epstein we wouldn't have seen The Beatles. That's my strong view."