Brian Epstein looks on in his capacity as producer of Alan Plater’s ‘A Smashing Day’ at the New Arts Theatre, 12 February 1966.
Wondering about his contribution to [the Beatles’] success, I know I wouldn’t have met them without him. Who’s to say what would have happened if Brian hadn’t been along? Who’s to say whether Ringo would have ever been part of the group? There are so many ifs about that one cannot evaluate.”
The theory is that when John went off to Spain on holiday with Brian, that’s what it was about - John trying to get his position clear as leader of the group. Also, I’m sure Brian was in love with John. We were all in love with John, but Brian was gay so that added an edge.”
Photo by Ringo Starr: “My manager, Brian’s almost hidden by the flowers - bad staging, Ringo! Everywhere we go fans send flowers to the hotel we stay at. They make the room look really nice and we appreciate them.”
Scanned by Doug Pratt from Ringo’s Photo Album magazine (1964). Posted here with his kind permission.