Brian Epstein dies
The Beatles manager Brian Epstein died on August 27th 1967. The Beatles were in Bangor, Wales at a 10 day conference on meditation when they heard the news.
Epstein had developed a dependence on Carbitral, a form of barbiturate often used to aid sleep. But his body had a need for higher and higher dosages as time went on.
The inquest into his death ruled out suicide, instead concluding the cause of death the result of a gradual buildup of Carbitral in his body.
"I don't think there was anything sinister in his death. There were rumours of very sinister circumstances, but I personally think it was a drink-and-sleeping-pills overdose. I think what happened.
So he had a few bevvies, then to console himself had a sleeping pill or two before to bed Brian always did that, he was quite into the pills. And then I think he woke up in the middle of the night and thought: My God, I can't sleep. I haven't had a pill.' Then he had a few more pills, and I think that could have killed him." - Paul McCartney
Epstein first discovered the Beatles in November of 1961, during a lunchtime Cavern performance. The soft spoken Epstein was instantly impressed with the group and saw great potential.
After auditioning for Decca Records on January 1st, 1962 and being turned down, Epstein secured them a meeting with George Martin, head of EMI's Parlaphone label. Within less than 2 years Martin would go on to produce 16 number one hits with The Beatles.