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Date of Birth 27 May 1935England, UK
Date of Death 4 January 1976Los Angeles, California, USA  (killed by police)
Birth NameMalcolm Frederick Evans
Nicknames The Gentle Giant
The Beatles Shadow
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mal Evans was born on May 27, 1935 in England as Malcolm Frederick Evans. He is known for his work on The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (1991), What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. (1964) and David Frost Salutes the Beatles (1975). He was married to Lily. He died on January 4, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Lily (1962 - 4 January 1976) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (16)

Former road manager / bodyguard for the Beatles. Known as "Big" Mal Evans.
Depressed over the breakup of his marriage, Evans locked himself in his bedroom with an air pistol. His live-in girlfriend called the police, who shot him several times when he refused to drop the gun. He died instantly.
Was a bouncer of the Cavern Club where the Beatles played at until Brian Epstein offered him a job as a road manager for the Beatles.
Worked as a telecommunications engineer before becoming the Beatles' road manager.
Played on some Beatle songs - a Hammond organ for "You Won't See Me"; chorus in "Yellow Submarine" and "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)"; Bass harmonium on "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"; a piano for "A Day in the Life"; a tambourine of "Dear Prudence"; trumpet for "Helter Skelter"; an anvil on "Maxwell's Silver Hammer".
Mal discovered Badfinger and signed them a record deal with Apple, the Beatles' record company. Mal was an executive of Apple until he was sacked by Allen Klein in 1970
Has written an autobiography, "Living with the Beatles Legend" which remains unpublished.
Mal and his wife were estranged from 1973 up to his death in 1976
Son Gary, born 1961.
Daughter Julie, born 1966
Contributed some lyrics to Paul McCartney's "Fixing A Hole", for the Sgt. Pepper album; Paul gave him a cash payment instead of a songwriting credit.
One of his jobs for the Beatles was faking their signatures for autographed photos, side-by-side with Neil Aspinall; the demand for them was just too great for the band to take the time.
Nearly fired several times during his first week with the Beatles, for making beginner's mistakes, including setting up Ringo's cymbals at the wrong height and losing one of John's acoustic guitars.
He continued his association with the former Beatles after he left Apple, including time spent with John Lennon and May Pang during their sojourn in Los Angeles.
He was cremated after his death, and his ashes shipped back to England... becoming lost in the mail enroute. John Lennon's wry comment when he heard the news was that Mal likely "wound up in the Dead Letter Department." His ashes were eventually located, and given to his family.
On the song "A Day in the Life" from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Mal is the one heard counting out the timing on the 24-bar orchestral build up.

Personal Quotes (1)

I would get requests from the four of them to do six different things at one time and it was always a case of relying on instinct and experience in awarding priorities. They used to be right sods for the first few days until they realised that everything was going to go smoothly and they could get into the routine of recording... Then I would find time between numerous cups of tea and salad sandwiches and baked beans on toast to listen to the recording in the control room. (On The Beatles)

--from his diary at the time of Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

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