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Henry James Beach (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. 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. Beach is also the co-founder of the Mercury Phoenix trust, which promotes AIDS prevention worldwide. Beach lives in Montreux, Switzerland.
Jim Beach was educated at Cheltenham College and Queens' College, Cambridge, where he read law. 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.
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.
In popular cultureEdit
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- "About us". www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
- 'University News', Times, 26 June 1964.
- "MESSAGE FROM JIM BEACH". Brianmay.com. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), retrieved 20 February 2019
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