Post by * See UserName In Post * on Jan 14, 2008 10:50:16 GMT -5
To call anyone else but Brian Epstein "The Fifth Beatle" is ludicrous. The best proof of that lies in the fact that his own Beatles and George Martin (and other Inner Circle people) all agree that there was no fifth Beatle... BUT, if you have to pick somebody for that title, it would definitely be Brian and nobody else.
Because he was not creatively involved with the band, Epstein was infrequently called the "fifth Beatle", but over the years he and producer George Martin have clearly been recognized as the inner circle members who most profoundly affected the band's career.
In an interview in the 1990s describing Epstein's involvement in the band's rise to fame,
George Martin declared "He's the fifth Beatle, if there ever was one".
Paul McCartney summarized the importance of Epstein to the Beatles when he was interviewed, in 1997, for a BBC documentary about Epstein.
Eppylover Note: This is wonderful ~ however, I must take issue with the the Wikipedia author's use of the word "infrequently."
I peruse eBay almost daily for old magazines and newspapers mentioning Brian Epstein. Especially in the UK issues published during the Beatlemania years, Brian is indeed VERY OFTEN described as "the Fifth Beatle" ~ if not "the Prince (or King) of Pop" ~ and other such titles. He was truly looked upon in awe by the British press.
Perhaps someday I should make a list, or save screencaps, as proof that he was not "infrequently" called the "fifth Beatle" as was written in the above quote.