The Liverpool club owner drove the band to Hamburg on their formative trip in 1960 and also handled early bookings
Allan Williams, best known as the first manager of the Beatles, has died aged 86, it has been announced. It was Williams who took the band to Hamburg, where its members learned much of their craft, before returning to the UK and stardom.
He was the owner of the Jacaranda club in Liverpool, which confirmed the news of his death on Friday night. His legacy has allowed us to remain at the heart of the Liverpool music scene for almost 60 years, and his memory will live on through every band that plays our famous stage. Allan, you will be missed. All of our thoughts and wishes go to his family and his wife Beryl, a message on the clubs Facebook page read.
The Beatles Story, an exhibition in Liverpool celebrating the bands success, praised Williams for his significant role. Martin King, its spokesman, said: We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Allan Williams. Our thoughts go out to his family at this sad time. Allan was a friend to many of us at the Beatles Story and his legacy will continue to be told for years to come.