R.I.P. George Martin
Sir George Martin, best known as the “fifth Beatle,” has died at the age of 90.
As head of Parlophone Records Martin signed the Fab Four after hearing a demo tape in 1962. He went on to produce the vast majority of the The Beatles’ legendary catalogue, from their debut single, “Love Me Do,” up to their final album, Abbey Road.
In his greater career he would produce over 700 records for the likes of Elton John, Jeff Beck, America, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Peter Sellers, Kenny Rodgers, Cheap Trick and Celine Dion, also working as an arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. It was of course Martin’s extensive work with John, Paul, George and Ringo that led to his knighthood and wide regard as one of greatest record producers of all time.
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr first broke the news on Twitter by writing, “God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed,” and later posting a picture of Martin and the Beatles (below) with the caption, “Thank you for all your love and kindness George.”
In a tribute on his website, Paul McCartney wrote: “[George] was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.”
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