Tony Barrow, the Beatles publicist who coined 'Fab Four', dies at 80


The British publicist who coined the phrase "Fab Four" to describe the early Beatles has died.

Tony Barrow, 80, died in a Lancaster hospital on Saturday following a lengthy illness, his son Mike Barrow said on Tuesday.

Tony Barrow, right, with Beatles manager Brian Epstein (Dezo Hoffmann/Rex)

Former Beatle Paul McCartney said Tony "was a lovely guy who helped us in the early years of the Beatles." He called Tony "super professional but always ready for a laugh".

Mike said his father coined the phrase at a time when the word "fab" was in common usage. He says "he just put the two together ... it was a masterstroke".

Paul McCartney called him

Tony started working with the Beatles in 1962 before the Liverpool band shot to worldwide fame.

He is survived by his widow Corinne and sons Mike and Mark.