This is nothing more than speculation. But it's also noticing a pattern, or an "isn't that coincidental" kinda feeling.
Years before 1970 ever rolled around, we have Paul McCartney in cartoon form, ready to inject the other three Beatles with a serum that instantly kills them. All you need now is Yoko Ono rolled in on a bed, and Allen Klein swinging in through a broken window, and you have a complete picture of 1970.
And this got me thinking. It's not widely known that Allen Klein was pursuing The Beatles back in 1966. The first I'd ever heard of it was digging deep into their history, but I never saw it mentioned in any biography (though I have not read every biography). If it is mentioned somewhere in the many books that are out there, I must have just missed it. But in my 30 years of being a Beatles fan and slight anorak, between childhood and let's say 2002/3, the first I ever heard mention of Allen Klein in the Beatles story was 1969.
13th November 1966, the Sunday Telegraph runs a front page piece that states Allen Klein was approached by two members of The Beatles for management. Earlier that year, in June, Klein stated he would "have" The Beatles by the end of the year.
Which two Beatles? Who knows. Maybe Paul McCartney as he was the only one of them who could not be reached for comment. Because he's en route to Spain trying to find John Lennon, just waiting for Mal Evans to tell him he's not there anymore. Lennon, Harrison, Starkey all flatly deny any such deal was being pursued, and Epstein put the whole matter as out of the question.
A big complaint about Klein was the 20% earnings he made on Beatles products when he negotiated them the highest royalty rate any artist had earned in 1969. So yes, he gets a bad reputation, but he did something no other business manager did. And how is Klein getting 20% earnings truly any different than the set up of Northern Songs and the percentage of earnings there? It was uncovering all this that prompted McCartney to sue the other Beatles. Years before something prompted him to start acquiring more earning potential than his partner in crime John Lennon. Much to Lennon's chagrin.
So you not only get a man who is out of town when needed an opinion or some feedback about Klein's obvious dementia, but you also get a man acquiring more shares than his partner in their company. You also get a man who sues the three others to dissolve any partnership. This puts any earnings in court receivership.
You also have a man who paid his own band a pittance, blaming it on the court receivership and "money being all tied up". Years ago, and I'd love to remember where I found this, but you could get a daily diary of The Beatles beyond 1970. All sorts of valuable information there. And in that online diary were published the yearly accounts of McCartney's earnings. And by 1974 he was spending more than he was earning. To the tune of hundreds of thousands more than what he had in his pocket. But Wings were still broke. You also have that odd case of the FBI investigating a concert that was advertised and tickets sold to, but did not exist by Wings.
Okay back to Klein and Epstein. One of the last meetings The Beatles had with Epstein before his death had a McCartney absent from it. And as film archives show you, his remarks or feelings about Epstein's death seem remarkably absent. Many have seen the interview with Harrison, Lennon and Starr where they are shocked and stunned. They seem truly out of it. They were the last 3 people in the band to see him privately. So where's McCartney's reaction to the death of their manager? The manager they could walk away from at any point without any legal repercussions doing so, because he never signed their contract. Only Alistair Taylor and the four Beatles signed it. It allowed them to walk from Epstein's representation without a word. So why would any dissatisfaction with Epstein's skills be any concern, or need a buyout? Or anything. They could just say, I'm sorry Brian we don't feel this is working out. We're walking. And they could have. And there was not a thing he could have done about it. And I believe he knew that, and maybe that not signing of a contract was an issue of trust. I don't know, have you ever heard of a manager NOT signing a contract???? He most definitely did it on purpose. It wasn't like oh shit! I forgot to sign that thing. Damn! He knew. And Alistair Taylor knew as well as its witness. Makes you wonder why Taylor was literally wiped out of Beatles history, and immediately fired by Klein upon his takeover of Apple's business affairs. Don't it. Makes you kind of wonder a little bit. Just a little.
So where is McCartney when Epstein dies. Well he's business as usual it seems! He's right back to work, committing the Beatles to new projects, getting them up in the morning making sure Ringo brings his drums, and Mal has made tea. It's back to work boys, no time for sorrow, Brian would want us to carry on. I mean, it's admirable I suppose. Someone had to do it. But it seems a little odd that McCartney is nowhere around on a few occasions regarding Epstein, and management, and what not. He's just conspicuously absent. This is just speculation mind you. Just noticing a trend in events.
By the way, Klein denied leaking any rumour that two Beatles had approached him for representation. Back in November 1966.
That is an odd odd month that November 1966. So many things happening in it.