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Henry James Beach[1][2] (born 9 March 1942 in Gloucester), known as Jim Beach, is a British lawyer and band manager, best known for being the long-time manager of the rock band Queen, its individual members and the comedy group Monty Python.[3] He was nicknamed "Miami" by Freddie Mercury, a play on his surname. He took over as manager of the band in 1978 after he had acted on their behalf as a lawyer.

Beach is co-founder of Transistor Project, together with Blur's Dave Rowntree.[4] Beach is also the co-founder of the Mercury Phoenix trust, which promotes AIDS prevention worldwide.[5] Beach lives in Montreux, Switzerland.[6]

Early lifeEdit

Jim Beach was educated at Cheltenham College and Queens' College, Cambridge, where he read law.[7] He was a member of the Cambridge Footlights and in 1963 went on a road tour of England and Scotland with Monty Python's Eric Idle and Graeme Garden as the piano player.[3]

FamilyEdit

Jim Beach is married to Claudia Beach, and has a daughter, Matilda and a son, Ol Beach. Ol Beach is the frontman for the band Yellowire and was formerly the keyboard player for the rock band Wire Daisies, discovered by Queen's Roger Taylor.[8]

In popular cultureEdit

Beach was a producer in the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody. He was portrayed in the film by Tom Hollander.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jones, Lesley-Ann (15 June 2012). "Freddie Mercury". Sperling & Kupfer – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Henry James "Miami" Beach". Endole Directory. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Idle, Eric (2018). Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography. Crown Archetype. pp. Chapter 5. ISBN 978-1984822581.
  4. ^ "Music Veterans Launch E-Lable with outside Line". New Media Age. 13 May 2004.
  5. ^ "About us". www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  6. ^ https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/jim-beach-and-family-including-son-ol-beach-attending-the-bohemian-picture-id1052820010
  7. ^ 'University News', Times, 26 June 1964.
  8. ^ "MESSAGE FROM JIM BEACH". Brianmay.com. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  9. ^ Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), retrieved 20 February 2019