I’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He 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... Full statement at PaulMcCartney.com [link in the bio] #PaulMcCartney #GeorgeMartin
The man who was called "The Fifth Beatle," Sir George Martin passed away at 90. While the cause of his death is unknown, what is known is the treasure of music he gave the world.
Martin was born in London in 1926 and fought in World War II in the Royal Navy. After leaving his military services in 1947, he studied piano and oboe. By the 1950s, he was recording jazz and comedy records for Parlophone Records where he would become the head of A&R.
In 1962, he met Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager, who introduced him to the band. After hearing the Fab Four, he would eventually sign them to his label and produce all of their albums, except for Let It Be, which was produced by Phil Spector.
He guided The Beatles inside the studio and out. Paul McCartney described him as his "second father" and while the band would go on to change music history, one of the reasons was due to Martin being behind the decks. From the opening chords of "A Hard Day's Night" to his string arraignments on "Yesterday," "Elenore Rigby," and "The End." As well as asking an orchestra to play out of tune for "A Day in the Life," the mark on not just the Liverpool band's music he had would stretch onto the rest of music forever.
After the Beatles split in 1970, he continued to work as a producer. He would go on to produce the score and theme song of the James Bond film, Live and Let Die, which McCartney recorded with his post-Beatles band Wings. He also worked The Who, Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Celine Dion, some of the solo work of McCartney and Ringo Starr. In 1997, he worked with Elton John and produced “Candle In the Wind,” which was a tribute to Princess Diana and would go on to become one of the biggest selling singles of all time.
As tributes pour into the man who passed away on Tuesday night, the world will now remember the mark and legacy of someone who shaped the soundtrack of our lives.
God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed xxx 😎✌️🌟💖☮— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love xx😎✌️🌟💖 pic.twitter.com/um2hRFB7qF— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
George Martin was a gentleman above all. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts are with Judy & the family at this sad time. -Olivia and Dhani— George Harrison (@GeorgeHarrison) March 9, 2016
Thank you so much for the messages. They'd mean so much to dad. He would be typically humbled by the love shown, the fuss made of it all.— Giles Martin (@mashupmartin) March 9, 2016
Started out as my dad. Ended as my best friend. Love is all you need X pic.twitter.com/SVzuCzKKNM— Giles Martin (@mashupmartin) March 9, 2016
RIP dad. I love you. I'm so proud to have been your son. I'll miss you more than words can say. Thank you for the all times we had together.— Giles Martin (@mashupmartin) March 9, 2016