Beatles 'Gate-Keeper' Allan Rouse Dies

(Classic Rock) Allan Rouse, an archivist who played a key role in remastering the Beatles Anthology double-album in 1995, has died. The news was confirmed by Giles Martin, the son of iconic Beatles producer George. No cause of death has been given, but Martin reports Rouse had been looked after during an illness by his wife Fiona.

He says in a statement: It's very sad to hear about the passing of Allan Rouse, known as the "gate-keeper" for The Beatles at Abbey Road. He looked after and cherished everything that was recorded by the band and my father all those years ago. Only Allan knew where everything was and only Allan was trusted with preserving the tapes and the legacy of the most successful band in the history of recorded music.

"My father spent hours with Allan working through the tapes for The Beatles Anthology. From the outset my dad loved his deadpan humour. It was this, linked to his incomparable knowledge of the music, that made trawling through all of the tapes a pleasure for my father during the project.

Rouse joined Abbey Road Studio as an engineer in 1972. His name can be found on many of the archive projects by the Beatles over the last 20 years. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Beatle widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison also paid tribute to the late engineer. Read their statement here.

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