AP060329031078.jpgLongtime Beatles associate Neil Aspinall, who left his post as the CEO of Apple Corps last year, has passed away, according to a statement from the surviving members of the band. “As a loyal friend, confidant and chief executive, Neil’s trusting stewardship and guidance has left a far-reaching legacy for generations to come. All his friends and loved ones will greatly miss him but will always retain the fondest memories of a great man,” the statement read. Aspinall was 66. [Times Online / Photo: AP]

  • angshu

    RIP. A shame.

    I’m repeatedly surprised at how much of a “family business” the Fabs used to be. Mal Evans, Aspinall, the entire crew stuck together through thick and thin, eh?

    There’s something quite touching about that. You don’t expect it among the world’s biggest money spinners.

  • Chris Molanphy

    This is sad on a personal level (if you’re a Beatles nerd like me, seeing Aspinall in all those documentaries over the years has become a comfort) but a nonevent on a business level. Aspinall tended to slow things down in terms of Apple Corp. releases, but he’d been off the payroll for more than a year. He also got the guys past their animosity enough to produce some of the better latter-day releases (I still love Live at the BBC), and for all that I’m grateful to him.