Joe Flannery the booking manager from 1962-63 of The Beatles and was dubbed the ‘Secret Beatle’ died on March 27, 2019, at 87 years old.
Flannery’s death was confirmed by Norman Meek, his nephew who said he did at home in Aigburth, Merseyside. Meek said he had been ill the past month, but he continued to make future plans. Fans continued to call him from all over the world, and he was glad to talk to them.
In 1959, Flannery’s house located on Gardner Road in Stoneycroft was a place where Merseyside bands would meet, and that is where he met The Beatles.
Flannery has said the Beatles would sell at his house and he would often drive them back to their homes when they woke up the next morning. Flannery also said he was the one who taught George Harrison how to drive and was good friends with the Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
Flannery wrote about his experiences with the band in his autobiography “Standing in the Wings: The Beatles, Brian Epstein and Me.”
The Cavern Club tweeted on Twitter that they were very sad to hear that Flannery had died. He as a friend and associate of Brian Epstein and a friend of everybody at The Cavern Club. Everybody who knew him, Beatleweek and the Cavern Club will miss him, and thoughts and prayers are with Flannery’s family.
Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, tweeted on Twitter that he was sad to hear that his friend Flannery had died. He was a gentleman, influential of the music scene in Liverpool, a historian of the Beatles, and the city’s ambassador. He breathed and lived for music. RIP.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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