The 80-year-old, who represented the band between 1962 and 1968, died on Saturday (14May16) at his home in Morecambe, England.

Barrow also represented Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black.

He was hired by the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein to handle the band's swelling media appeal, but he had a tempestuous relationship with the svengali, who regularly fired Barrow only to rehire him hours later.

Barrow set up his own PR company and went on to represent Paul MCCartney's post-Beatles band Wings and Helen Shapiro, among others.

MCCartney paid tribute to his former media handler on Twitter.com on Sunday (15May16), writing: "Tony Barrow was a lovely guy who helped us in the early years of The Beatles. He was super professional but always ready for a laugh."