Paul McCartney on 1966 Germany tour on train between Munich and Hamburg. Tony Barrow in background. (Photo by Fiona Adams/Redferns)The man who introduced The Beatles to the world as “the Fab Four” has passed away.

Tony Barrow died Saturday in Morecambe [MORE-cuhm], England after a long illness, reports The New York Times. He was 80.

Barrow, who began his career at age 17 as a reviewer for the Liverpool Echo, helped arrange the band’s famed audition at Decca Records, and served as the group’s PR man through 1967.

Former Beatle Paul McCartney mourned Barrow, saying he “was a lovely guy who helped us in the early years of the Beatles.” He also called Barrow “super professional but always ready for a laugh.”

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