Neil Aspinall

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Neil Stanley Aspinall (13 October 1941  24 March 2008) was a British music industry executive. A school friend of Paul McCartney and George Harrison, he went on to head the Beatles' company Apple Corps.

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Neil Aspinall
Aspinall in 2006
Born(1941-10-13)13 October 1941
Prestatyn, Wales
Died24 March 2008(2008-03-24) (aged 66)
Occupation(s)Road manager, personal assistant, record producer, executive
Years active1961−2007
SpouseSuzy Aspinall (née Ornstein)
ChildrenVincent "Roag" Best (with Mona Best), daughters Gayla, Dhara and Mandy and son Julian (with Suzy Aspinall)

The Beatles employed Aspinall first as their road manager, which included driving his old Commer van to and from shows, both day and night. After Mal Evans started work for the Beatles, Aspinall was promoted to become their personal assistant, later becoming chief executive of their company, Apple Corps.

On behalf of Apple, Aspinall was involved in court cases against Allen Klein, EMI and Apple Computer. He supervised the marketing of music, videos and merchandising, as well being a director of Standby Films, which was run from his home in Twickenham, London. On 10 April 2007, Aspinall retired from Apple Corps and died of lung cancer in New York in 2008.