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Epstein was the manager of The Beatles until his death in 1967. He had also served as manager for Cilla… [More] Black, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, The Remo Four, and The Cyrkle. The Beatles’ early success has been attributed to his management and sense of style. Paul McCartney said of him: “If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian.” Epstein, from Liverpool, was Jewish and gay — which not many (outside of his immediate circle of friends) knew while he was alive. [Less]
1941: Cass Elliot
Born Ellen Naomi Cohen, and also known as Mama Cass, she was a Jewish-American singer and member of… [More] The Mamas & the Papas. After the group broke up, she released five solo albums. In 1998, Elliot, John Phillips, Denny Doherty, and Michelle Phillips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their work as The Mamas & the Papas; Cass had already passed away. [Less]
1945: David Bromberg
Bromberg is a Jewish-American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. An eclectic and quirky… [More] artist, Bromberg plays bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country and western, and rock and roll. He has played with and backed up many famous musicians, including Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, Rusty Evans (The Deep) and Bob Dylan. He co-wrote the song “The Holdup” with former Beatle George Harrison, who played on Bromberg’s self-titled 1972 album. In 2008, he was nominated for a Grammy Award. [Less]