Tony Bramwell dead at 78 - Paul McCartney leads tributes to music mogul behind The Beatles and Queen

Music mogul Tony Bramwell - who was The Beatles' tour manager and helped discover Queen - sadly passed away at 78 years old on June 2 following a brief illness.

Tony was a childhood friend of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, and the music legend was said to be a key part in the Fab Four's' journey as their road manager. It's been reported he was even there when Paul met John Lennon for the first time.

Originally from Liverpool, Tony was even close to The Beatles even before they skyrocketed to global fame and changed music history. Now, Sir Paul McCartney is leading the way and has paid heartfelt tribute to Bramwell, calling him a "good companion" throughout the Beatles' era. In his tribute.

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Paul has paid tribute to The Beatles' road manager -Credit:Popperfoto via Getty Images

Paul said: "Sad to hear of the passing of Tony Bramwell. He was a good companion to us through the Beatles journey. Always up for a laugh and I'm sorry to see him leave. Thanks Tony. Love ya! From Paul."

The Beatles' official Instagram also honoured Tony - who was born in 1946 - and noted: "Tony worked on many NEMS and Apple projects, from music videos to photo shoots, PR and more and will be missed by many friends and colleagues."

The Liverpool Beatles Museum paid tribute to the "lovely man", stating: "Everyone at the Liverpool Beatles Museum- Mathew Street is saddened to hear of the recent passing of Tony Bramwell. He was a lovely man. We enjoyed his company on many occasions. Condolences to his family."

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Tony published an autobiography of his life and described what it was like to work with the Beatles -Credit:Getty Images

Whilst, in a heartfelt tribute posted on the Strawberry Field website, Julia Baird, John Lennon's sister, wrote: "Tony was the 'man in the know' as he was around for the bulk of the Beatles journey. He will be missed at Beatle Week."

The musical icon also went on to become joint head of Apple Records, and Tony previously documented his experiences with The Beatles in his 2006 book Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With The Beatles. Then, in 2014, he published an autobiography of his life and described what it was like to work with the Beatles.

In his 2006 book, Paul was quoted saying: "If you want to know anything about The Beatles, ask Tony Bramwell. He knows more than I do."