Tony Booth, the Liverpudlian artist who created posters for The Beatles to advertise some of their early gigs, died yesterday (11 January) at the age of 83. He had been ill with cancer.
Booth, born in 1933, was hired in the group's early days by manager Brian Epstein, originally to make posters and cards for the entrepreneur's record shops. At the time, he was working in Liverpool city centre, close to Epstein's offices.
He went on to make hand-painted artwork not only for the Beatles' live appearances, but those of other Merseybeat groups and for Liverpool's famed Cavern Club. One poster, which you see here, records a 1961 appearance on an all-night Cavern bill by The Beatles, who are joint bottom of the bill with the Remo Four.
Little of Booth's original artwork survived into later years, either being discarded after the event or destroyed during the silk-screen printing process. But those that endured became highly sought after, with an original Cavern poster being sold to an American collector some years ago for £27,500.
In more recent times, Booth made reproductions of his work and sold them to Beatles collectors around the world, as both limited edition signed printed posters and hand-painted replicas. Poignantly, Tony's last work was to create posters for the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Cavern Club, which take place this weekend. You can see more of Tony Booth's historic artwork here.