Stan Irwin, Producer Who Persuaded the Beatles to Play Las Vegas, Dies at 94

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The Beatles celebrate the completion of their new album, 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', at a press conference held at the west London home of their manager Brian Epstein on May 19, 1967.

Stan Irwin, a Las Vegas producer and manager for such celebrities as Johnny Carson, has died at age 94.

Irwin's friend and business partner George Michaud says Irwin died Wednesday of natural causes in Los Angeles.

Irwin guided the careers of such celebs as Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett and Pearl Bailey. He was credited for bringing artists like Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, Paul Anka, Bobby Darin, Brenda Lee, Bob Newhart and the Beatles to perform Las Vegas.

Irwin also served as executive producer of "The Tonight Show" in 1962, which was the first year of Carson's tenure. He also voiced the Lou Costello character in Hanna-Barbera's "The Abbott and Costello Cartoon Show" in the 1960s.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie.

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