The Beatles' road manager from the summer of 1963 until the Beatles
broke up, twenty-six year old Malcom Evans was working as a communications
technician for the Post Office in 1962 when he discovered the Beatles
playing at the Cavern during his lunch break, and he was hooked. He
started spending a lot of time at the Cavern, and became friends with
George Harrison, who recommended him as bouncer at the Club.
He had been guarding the door at the Cavern for about three months
when the pace was getting so hectic for Neil Aspinall and the Beatles
that they decided to take on Mal to help.
For all of the Beatles' tours, Mal drove the van, set up and tested the
Beatles' equipment, and then packed it all up again after each show.
It was mild-mannered and friendly Mal who interacted with the excited
crowd before the show while the Beatles stayed in their dressing room.
This freed up Neil Aspinall, the original road manager, to look after the
boys' personal needs and safety. Mal also assisted Neil in forging the
Beatles' signatures on their publicity photos.
While John was off filming How I Won The War in 1966, Mal
accompanied Paul on his African Safari. In the later years, after
the Beatles stopped touring, Mal continued to be their constant
companion, assisting them in the studio.
Mal has the distinction of appearing in every Beatles movie. He can
be seen briefly in A Hard Day's Night, carrying a large bass through the
scene between John and Anna Quayle. In Help!, Mal is featured
in the recurring joke as the swimmer asking for directions to the
White Cliffs of Dover. He can be seen setting
up equipment in the very first scene of the Let It Be movie,
and is pictured here with Paul, John, Ringo and Billy Preston during the
rooftop concert. He was also in Magical Mystery Tour.
Mal even made it onto many Beatles recordings. He's among
the voices on Yellow Submarine. He played the Hammond organ
on You Won't See Me. He counted off the measures in the breaks
of the song A Day In The Life during early sessions of recording
the rhythm track, his voice can still barely be heard on some of the
released mixes, and he was one of the four piano players simultaneously
hitting the last note of the song.
Mal played some harmonica on
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite. He played the tambourine
on Dear Prudence and the trumpet on Helter Skelter.
And he sang along on You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) and
the long unreleased What's The New Mary Jane. In the Let It
Be movie, Mal can be seen playing the anvil during early verions of
Maxwell's Silver Hammer, but Lewisohn records that Ringo
actually played that on the record. In 1968, Mal brought his
discovery the Iveys, who later became Badfinger,
to the Apple recording family.
Mal was the only person of the Beatles family to attend Paul and
Linda's wedding in 1969. After the dissolution of the Beatles, Mal moved
to Los Angeles, and died tragically on January 5, 1976 in a
misunderstanding with the police because he had a gun.
In His Own Words
In this interview clip from the sixties, Mal describes hearing and
seeing the Beatles at the Cavern Club for the first time.
From the same interview, Mal talks more about the power of the early Beatles' Liverpool
In this clip, Mal remembers accompanying the Beatles to Miami in 1964.
Biographical info from The Beatles by Hunter Davies and
Shout! by Philip Norman. Recording information from The
Beatles Recording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn.
This page created January 1, 1998
Last updated September 1, 2008
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