Allan Williams, the original booking agent and first manager of The Beatles, has died at age 86.
Williams acted as The Beatles tour manager for their first dates in Germany.
In 1958 Allan Williams converted a watch-repair shop in Liverpool into a coffee bar he named The Jacaranda. John Lennon frequented the café and asked Williams if his band could perform in the room. Instead, Williams let him decorate the venue. He did however set up gigs in other venues.
He fell out with the band in 1962. Brian Epstein took over as manager. Williams then told him ‘Don’t touch them with a fucking bargepole, they will let you down.’
In 1975, Allan Williams published his memoir ‘The Man Who Gave The Beatles Away’.