'Fifth Beatle' Aspinall Quits

The 'fifth BEATLE' has stunned the music world by quitting his job as Apple Corps chief executive. NEIL ASPINALL, a longtime friend of SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY and GEORGE HARRISON - and the Fab Four's first road manager, gave no reason for his decision to walk away from the group's Abbey Road headquarters in London when he quit yesterday (10APR07). The 64 year old, known as the guardian of the Beatles' commercial interests, was the mastermind behind the BEATLES ANTHOLOGY package and the BEATLES 1 hits album. In a statement confirming his departure, an Apple Corps spokesman has announced that former Sony BMG executive vice president JEFF JONES has been appointed as Aspinall's replacement. The Apple Corps spokesman added Aspinall "had been with John, Paul, George and Ringo for a spectacular 40 plus years, during which he played an indispensable role for the four. "He was there since the inception of the band in Liverpool and has meant so much to the Beatles' family for all these years, and still does. "He has decided to move on. Apple, as a whole, and each member of this company, wishes him great success in whatever endeavour he chooses to pursue in the future."


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I CAN FULLY UNDERSTAND MR. ASPINALL'S DECISION AND I ADMIRE HIS DECISION TO TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT MR. ASPINALL ALSO MIGHT BE STUNNED BY THE MANY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE MADE THEIR LIVINGS FOR OVER 40 YEARS FROM THE BEATLES. I HAVE OFTEN BEEN AMAZED BY THE MEMORABILIA AND COLLECTIBLE ITEMS, BOOTLEG MUSIC, ETC. THAT ARE FOR SALE EVERYWHERE AND I KNOW THAT JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE, RINGO AND APPLE CORPS. NEVER EARNED ANYTHING FROM THESE TYPES OF SALES. THERE WOULD NEVER BY ANY WAY APPLE CORPS. COULD PUT A STOP TO THIS. THE BEATLES REMAIN THE ICONS OF A PHENOMENON IN THE HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL. NO ONE WILL EVER BE ABLE TO STOP OR CONTROL THE BEATLES BEING USED AS "CASH COWS". IT IS THE WAY OF THE WORLD.
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This is really sad news about Mr. Aspinall's departure from Apple Corps., but I can see why he feels the way he does. When it's all about the mighty dollar, the integrity of what the Beatles music has meant over the years and still does, goes right out the window - iTunes, no less! He will never be replaced as the keeper of this musical legend.
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