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Tony Barrow

Press officer

Anthony F. J. "Tony" Barrow (11 May 1936 – 14 May 2016)[1] was an English press officer. He worked with the Beatles between 1962 and 1968.[2] He created the phrase "the Fab Four", first using it in an early press release.[3] He was born in Crosby, Lancashire.

Tony Barrow
Born(1936-05-11)11 May 1936
Died14 May 2016(2016-05-14) (aged 80)
Alma materDurham University
OccupationPress officer
Known forWork with the Beatles
Coining the phrase "the Fab Four"

Barrow died on 14 May 2016 at his home in Morecambe, Lancashire, aged 80.[4]


  1. "› Alumni News and Updates › Old Boy Tony Barrow - Press Officer to the Fab Four".
  2. "Tony Barrow on Beatles Audition Tape". Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  3. Barrow, Tony (2006). John, Paul, George, Ringo & me: the real Beatles story. Da Capo Press. p. 35. ISBN 978-1-56025-882-7. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  4. "Beatles PR Tony Barrow who coined 'Fab Four' name dies aged 80". Liverpool Echo. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016.