Sad Beatle News...a Cool Lennon Story...and a Rush Birthday!

With manager Brian Epstein; returning to London after successfully conquering America, Sept. 1964. (Keystone/Getty Images)

8/27/1967 (48 years ago today) - Beatles manager Brian Epstein was found dead at his London home inside his locked bedroom, apparently having overdosed on the sleeping pill Carbitrol. He was only 32 years old. Truly, it was Brian who could lay claim to being the one and only "fifth Beatle"; The Fab Four trusted him unquestionably -- frankly, they never really did trust anyone else. And it's a fact: without Brian's over-exuberant guidance in the bands early years, Beatlemania would have played out quite differently. He also managed Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, and longtime Beatle fave girl singer Cilla Black. Upon hearing of Brian's death, John Lennon said "Well, we're f----d now!". The stuff of legend...

8/27/1992 (23 years ago today) - John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to The Beatles' "A Day In The Life" sold at an auction in London for $100,000. In March, 2006, they were put up for sale again -- this time in New York City with offers starting at $2 million! The lyric sheet has since been auctioned off one more time in London during the summer of 2010; an anonymous American collector paid $1,200,000 for the piece. Oh boy indeed...

8/27/1953 - Happy Birthday to Aleksander Zivojinovic: the ridiculously talented Rush guitarist-extraordinaire who goes by the stage name of Alex Lifeson is 62 years old today. The band's long overdue induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame finally came to be in 2013; years earlier, in 1996, Alex (who also paints and is a licensed aircraft pilot!) was made an Officer of the Order of Canada when the trio became the country's first rock band to be so honored, as a group. Probably should show up rated higher (and more often) on All-Time Great Guitarist Lists is what we think...

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