Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Beatles promoter Sam Leach dies

Roger Stormo and Sam Leach, 2008.
Sam Leach, a well known name in Liverpool's early Beatles history died last night in the arms of two of his children, following a brief hospitalisation. Sam's daughter Samantha posted this on Facebook today:

Our dad passed away this morning peacefully in the arms of my sister and brother. Although we knew he wasn't well it's still left us shocked and truely deverstated as we didn't think it would happen so fast. He is such a legend as you all know a true warrior, dads words "Never give up and never give in" ....and he never did. Sleep tight dad. Samantha xxx

Sam was a promoter of dances and concerts in and around Liverpool in the early sixties. A champion of The Beatles, booking them for many of his events, Sam wanted to become their manager at one point. He attempted to introduce The Beatles to London agents by promoting shows at The Palais Ballroom in Aldershot on 9 December 1961. The show was not advertised properly and, as a result, only 18 people attended. The local newspaper, The Aldershot News, failed to publish Sam Leach's advertisement for the show. Weeks after this Brian Epstein became the group's manager.

Paul McCartney with Sam Leach
Sam remained friendly with the Beatles after they had left Liverpool, and published the pictorial "Beatles on Broadway" in many countries around the world in 1964.

Norwegian edition of Sam's picture magazine from 1964
Paul McCartney used to invite Sam backstage whenever he returned to give concerts in the hometown. Sam wrote a book about his days as a maverick dance promoter, "The Rocking City", and he used to sell photos from his Beatles days from a table in The Grapes, a pub opposite the Cavern Club in Mathew Street. Sam also attended Beatles conventions in other countries.

This year, a documentary film about Sam Leach, The Sixth Beatle premiered at the Toronto international film festival, with Sam in attendance. Sam was 81 when he passed away. Rest in peace.

5 comments:

Purple Cream Official said...

RIP Sam Leach a good friend who inspired me to greatness. Condolonces to the family from Vinny and Melaia Australia

James Percival said...

Allan Williams is reported to have died. 2016 continues its toll.

LukeSteele said...

RIP Sam and condolences to your family. Lu Ruello

nosibor said...

I knew Sammy he was very kind to me and my dad.
He met us in boilermaker IL while promoting American English
My name is Stephen Robinson Jr
God has a new promoter in heaven😇

Joe Butkiewics said...

My wife Billie and I met Sam at The Grape. We purchased his book and DVD. And he was gracious enough to sign both. We were
privileged and honored to spend about 4 hours sitting at the table with Sam. He loved telling us stories of his life experiences . And we had a few drinks and a lot of laughs. He told Billie how she made his night with her smile.
We are returning to Liverpool on March 16 thru the 18 th. at the Hard Days Night Hotel. We looked Sam up on Google hoping to say hi again. We are saddened to hear we are too late to see him again. God bless and welcome him in heaven. Sam , we will see you again.
Billie and Joe Butkiewicz Phoenix , Arizona , USA