Derek Taylor was an English journalist, writer, publicist and record producer. He is best known for his role as press officer to the Beatles, and was one of several associates to earn the moniker “the Fifth Beatle”. Taylor was known for his forward-thinking and extravagant promotional campaigns, exemplified in taglines such as “The Beatles Are Coming” and “Brian Wilson Is a Genius”. Before returning to London in 1968 to head the publicity for the Beatles’ Apple Corps organisation, he worked as the publicist for California-based bands such as the Byrds, the Beach Boys and the Mamas and the Papas. He was equally dedicated to the 1967 Summer of Love ethos and helped stage that year’s Monterey Pop Festival.
|Born:||May 7, 1932, Wirral, England|
|Died:||Sept 8, 1997, Sudbury, Suffolk, England|
|Notable works:||A Cellarful of Noise (co-author), I, Me, Mine (editor)|
About Derek Taylor
Liverpool newspaper writer who became the Beatles’ press man and helped George Harrison on his autobiography.
He rose to the post of theater critic for the Daily Express to a national journalism assignment, he was sent to cover the Beatles during their early days.
His praise for the group made him a part of the Beatles’ inner circle and as the group rose to fame he collaborated with George Harrison on a weekly ghostwritten column.
He was married to Joan Taylor, who appeared in his stead on the documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World.
After the Beatles disbanded, he worked as a co-author on books written by Steven Spielberg and Michelle Phillips.
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