Voice of the Beatles Is Dead at 65; Stars Mourn Taggart Boss the Biscuit
THE Liverpudlian who worked as the Beatles' publicist at the peak of their 1960s fame has died at 65. Derek Taylor had been ill for some time.
Taylor (pictured) first saw the group perform as a Fleet Street showbusiness correspondent in May 1963. A year later he became their press officer, ghosting manager Brian Epstein's book A Cellarful Of Noise.
He then left the Beatles to work in California with the Byrds and Grateful Dead but returned to the fold when the Apple label was launched in 1968. He remained close to the group after their dis-bandment, especially George Harrison whose biography he helped write.
Taylor, who died at his Suffolk home, leaves a wife and six grownup children.
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