Sir George Martin, The Beatles producer, has died at the age of 90.
George Martin is commonly referred to as ‘The Fifth Beatle’ after signing The Beatles to EMI’s Parlophone Records in 1962. Parlophone was generally used for spoken word recordings and comedy records. The Beatles had been turned down by the more prestigious label of the day Decca Records. Comedy producer Martin liked what he heard when Beatles manager Brian Epstein presented him the band.
The Beatles were signed for a reported one penny per record sold which they split four ways after paying their manager fee.
George Martin would work with the band from their debut album through to the final album ‘Abbey Road’, with the exception of the Phil Spector produced ‘Let It Be’ which was recorded before ‘Abbey Road’ but released afterwards.
George Martin also worked on recordings for Matt Munro, Cilla Black, Neil Sedake, Elton John, Cheap Trick and Australia’s Little River Band. He produced three James Bond themes ‘From Russia With Love’ by Matt Munro, ‘Goldfinger’ with Shirley Bassey and ‘Live and Let Die’ for Paul McCartney.
Sean Lennon announced the news of Sir George Martin’s passing on Twitter.
R.I.P. George Martin. I'm so gutted I don't have many words. Thinking of Judy and Giles and… https://t.co/3Nc8sCgRpN
— Sean Ono Lennon (@seanonolennon) March 9, 2016
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