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Ireland That time Gay Byrne almost managed The Beatles

08:45  05 november  2019
08:45  05 november  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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Gabriel Mary " Gay " Byrne (5 August 1934 – 4 November 2019), affectionately known as Uncle Gay , Gaybo or Uncle Gaybo was an Irish presenter and host of radio and television.

The Gay Byrne Hour, which became the Gay Byrne Show on RTÉ Radio 1, pioneered listener engagement, with listeners My own most memorable moment came one night, late in the show’s running time when the host could have been forgiven for sitting back and coasting towards the credits.

Gay Byrne et al. posing for the camera © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

In his long and prolific life, Gay Byrne must have had very little regrets.

However, the Irish icon revealed last year that he had been approached by a young Paul McCartney with a life changing offer.

Gallery: Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne dies after long illness (Press Association)

Back when The Beatles first started out, they had asked Gay Byrne if he would like to be their agent.

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Was John Lennon gay ? “Why are you bringing up such a ridiculous question? Well, it is, it is, keep reading and you will see all the pieces to this incredible, little-known chapter in the life of John Lennon and how perilously close his temper came to ending the Beatles entirely, almost before they really

Gay Byrne , or Gaybo, as he was almost universally known, was the leading Irish broadcaster of his era. As anchor of The Late Late Show, the A series of taboos were broken on his programme at a time when Ireland was still deeply Catholic and conservative. From the journalist who spoke about her

He revealed this story while unveiling a plaque dedicated to The Beatles’ one and only Irish concert in Abbey Street.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Gay Byrne The Beatles © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Gay Byrne The Beatles

Uncle Gaybo was the first person to ever interview the rock band from Liverpool on television back when he was working for Granada TV in the UK.

a man standing on a stage: Gay Byrne The Beatles © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Gay Byrne The Beatles ‘Word came about this phenomenon that was happening in Liverpool called The Beatles, so my boss told me to check out these moptops called who were appearing in The Cavern causing riots and disturbances,’ Gay Byrne told the The Sun.

George Harrison, John Lennon are posing for a picture © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

‘We reported it as a news story, and then someone had the idea of getting them in to play live on the programme.’

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Gay Byrne had a profound effect on the cultural and social development of Ireland in the course of his long tenure as Ireland’s most successful broadcaster. Gay Byrne was born on August 5, 1934 and grew up in Rialto on the southside of Dublin, before moving to the South Circular Road, Dublin, in 1944.

Gabriel " Gay " Byrne became the biggest name in Irish broadcasting, hosting RTE's The Late Late Show for more than 30 years. Gay had an illustrious career - he was the first person to introduce The Beatles on Irish television, and raised controversial issues like sexuality, abortion and The Troubles

William Campbell holding a sign © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

He confessed that he had never heard of the Fab Four before, who were only starting out.

‘I hadn’t really heard of them up until then but I was known to them as I was on the TV every day,’ Gay said.

Gallery: Legend of broadcasting Gay Byrne's career in pictures (Photo Services)

‘I was doing this show and reading the late night news so as far as they were concerned I was a star.’

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The death has been announced of RTÉ broadcaster Gay Byrne . He was 85 and had been ill for some time . In a statement, his family said: "It is with sadness that Kathleen, Crona and Suzy wish to announce that their beloved Gay has died peacefully at home today, surrounded by his family.

The RTE broadcaster and former Late Late Show host had been undergoing treatment for cancer.

It was during soundcheck that Paul McCartney approached Gaybo with the offer of a life-time.

John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison sitting on a bench posing for the camera © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

‘In the middle of the soundcheck Paul McCartney came to me and said, “Would you like to be our agent? We don’t have one and we think you would make a terrific agent”‘

However, Gay Byrne turned down the Yesterday singer’s offer, as he was far too busy to manage the band.

‘I told Paul I was up to my ears between doing four days a week in Manchester and going back to Dublin each weekend for the Late Late.’

Later on, The Beatles found a manager in Brian Epstein and became the biggest rock band of all time.

a man in a suit and tie © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland However, Gaybo seemed to not have any regrets about turning down the Liverpuddlian’s offer, he prophesied that he would have ‘died a couple months later from cocaine poisoning’ if he had managed The Beatles.

It’s not an entirely missed opportunity as Gay became a legendary icon of Irish broadcasting.

Gay Byrne passed away on Monday after a long battle with prostate cancer.

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Gay Byrne , who has died at the age of 85, was the undisputed leading figure in the history of Irish broadcasting, and played a hugely influential role in His father worked in Guinness’s on a shift system which limited his time with his children. It was partly for this reason that the young Gay Byrne never

The Gay Byrne Show (previously The Gay Byrne Hour and also known as The GB Show) was an Irish radio programme, which ran from 1973 until 1998. The programme was presented by Gay Byrne , and aired Monday to Friday for two hours each day. It was a favourite of Irish housewives.

‘We are all greatly saddened by the passing of Gay Byrne who has been a household name in this country for so many years,’ RTÉ Director-General, Dee Forbes, said in tribute to Mr. Byrne. ‘Gay was an exceptional broadcaster whose unique and ground-breaking style contributed so much to the development of radio and television in this country. Gay’s journalistic legacy is as colossal as the man himself – he not only defined generations, but he deftly arbitrated the growth and development of a nation. Ireland grew up under Gay Byrne, and we will never see his like again. My deepest sympathies to Kathleen and his family.’

He had a number of memorable and great TV moments throughout his celebrated career.

MORE ON GAY BYRNE

Broadcasting legend Gay Byrne has died aged 85 (The Journal)

'The most beloved man in Ireland' - Joe Duffy's emotional tribute to Gay (Independent.ie)

An Irish icon: Gay Byrne's career in pictures (Photo Services)

From Terry Keane to Annie Murphy, Gay's controversial interviews (BBC News)

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