Britain's honoured pop-group - The Beatles - may be on the verge of splitting up, according to recent rumours in London.
BEATLES AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE; SCREAMING FANS; BEATLES LEAVE HOTEL; SCREAMING FANS; MANAGER BRIAN EPSTEIN COMMENTS (SOF)
-- "For the record, are the Beatles breaking up as a group?"
Epstein: "Absolutely not".
Question: "Is there any truth in the story published today that they may be breaking up in the near future?".
Epstein: "None whatsoever".
Question: Can you tell me then why they have no tours arranged at all for Christmas, or for America next year?"
Epstein: "They've been involved in several different commitments - John Lennon's been making a film - Paul's been writing some music for a new Hayley Mills picture - and I'm not, they should all be in this country by the end of November. We'll be making some more records and we're then working on plans for the next film".
Question: "Is there going to be any change in the sort of work that they do? Will there be less tours next year?".
Epstein: "Possibly. But, as I've said before, there's no dynamic or important change. But the Beatles have always progressed. And to progress you have to change." (SOF ends)
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Background: Britain's honoured pop-group - The Beatles - may be on the verge of splitting up, according to recent rumours in London. And today (Tuesday) the group's manager, Brian Epstein, said he could not forecast their future with certainty.
The rumours of a possible split started last week when Mr Epstein turned down an appeal for the Beatles to appear in a special television gala to raise money for the Welsh village of Aberfan - where a sliding mountain of coal slag engulfed a school and killed 144 people. He said then the Beatles would be unable to appear - "for too many reasons to enumerate".
Today Mr Epstein said he planned to get the group together soon to discuss their future. He was asked:
The Beatles phenomenal success began in the Cavern Club, Liverpool, over three years ago. Since then they have sold millions of records, and have been awarded the M.B.E. by the Queen. Their last fullscale tour was in September when they played the United States for three weeks. Since then, they have apparently gone their own ways - John Lennon and Paul McCartney making separate films, George Harrison holidaying in India and drummer Ringo Starr just home from a holiday abroad.
Last Sunday (November 6) 200 Beatles fans gathered outside Mr Epstein's London home to ask why their favourite group had not appeared more frequently in Britain.