Brian Epstein Bought Thousands Of Copies Of ‘Love Me Do’ To Boost Beatles Sales, Says BBC Film

From The Hollywood Reporter:

LONDON – A new BBC documentary about the Beatles, set to air here on Sunday, features people claiming that the band’s manager Brian Epstein bought thousands of copies of “Love Me Do” to boost record sales to ensure the single hit the charts.

The group’s first hit single was released 50 years ago this week.

Epstein’s friend and associate Joe Flannery talks about the long-rumored record purchases by Epstein in the BBC Four documentary entitled Love Me Do: The Beatles ’62.

“He went and he bought 10,000 copies of “Love Me Do,” and that was in his store room in Whitechapel, because I’d seen them, they were there, 10,000 copies,” the network quoted Flannery as saying in the documentary in a Thursday announcement. Rumors that Epstein tried to bolster sales of the single, which became the band’s first top 20 hit, have circulated for years, it added.

Billy Kinsley, who was in The Merseybeats, another band managed by Epstein, also appears in the documentary. The BBC said he told the film team that Epstein would look at that band’s tour schedule and encouraged them to buy copies of “Love Me Do.” “I like to think that we did help the Beatles get to number 17,” it quoted him as saying in the documentary.

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