At the height of Beatlemania, it was the job of Nigel Burlinson to keep tally of the astronomical royalties pouring in from the songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
When the sum reached £250,000 (equivalent to £6.19 million today) he would write out a cheque, which he then delivered by hand to the Mayfair office of the Beatles’ accountant Harry Pinsker (obituary February 4, 2021).
As the manager of copyrights and licensing at Dick James Music, the Beatles’ publisher, Burlinson was self-effacing to a fault. Yet over the years he played a key role in administering not only the Beatles’ song catalogue but those of countless other artists, including the Beach Boys, Bob Marley, the Carpenters and Dire Straits.
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