Monday, July 22, 2024

Nat Weiss, Famed Early Beatles Lawyer and Friend, Passes Away


I am so sorry to hear that Nat Weiss, a legend in the record business, passed away last Wednesday. Nat lived on the Upper East Side in a magnificent apartment filled with Beatles memorabilia and other references to his long standing in the music biz. He was an early lawyer and friend of the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. They even formed a record company called Nemperor in 1966; later Nat released some key jazz records in the early 70s through Nemperor. Nat was the Beatles’ early merchandise rep, and was in on the ground floor of everything. Keep updzting– I’m going to fish out an interview I did with Nat in 1990 about Paul and Linda McCartney. He was a great help. Mostly what I remember now is the amazing apartment and the fact that he had a “houseboy.”

Pop-folk singer Steve Forbert reported Nat’s death on Facebook:

Nathan M. Weiss passed away Wednesday night in New York City.

Nat Weiss was indisputably one of the all time greats of the real music business–a person whom one would consider themselves very lucky to have known and very lucky to have worked with. He was the smartest person I’ve ever met and certainly one of the strongest. I’m eternally grateful to him.

Nat, along with Coconut Management’s Danny Fields and the late Linda Stein, gave me my start with “Alive On Arrival”, which I recorded for his label, Nemperor Records.

For the last couple of years, due to severe knee and then back problems, he wasn’t able to get out and about, and so has been missed, in that sense, by many people for a while now. (Mark Lewisohn, renowned Beatle authority, was able to interview him extensively about a year and a half ago.)

Photo via Steve Forbert.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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