The Beatles‘ legendary producer Sir George Martin died yesterday (March 9th) at age 90.
George Martin, who was the man most people considered the true “fifth” Beatle was a staff producer at EMI Records and head of the label’s Parlophone imprint, signed the Beatles in 1962 and served as their producer for the duration of their career — along with overseeing such modern-era projects as The Beatles Anthology and — with son Giles Martin — the music to the Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show, The Beatles LOVE. His knack for orchestration served the Beatles in such timeless recordings as “Yesterday,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Penny Lane,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “A Day In The Life,” and “Let It Be” — with Martin himself supplying piano on such legendary tracks as “In My Life,” “Lovely Rita,” “Good Day Sunshine,” and “Rocky Raccoon,” among many others.
In later years, Martin started AIR Studios and over the course of his career produced key recordings by America, Jeff Beck, Cilla Black, Cheap Trick, Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas,Mahavishnu Orchestra, Carly Simon, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Kenny Rogers, Neil Sedaka, Jimmy Webb, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Meat Loaf, Celine Dion, and Kate Bush.
In 1997, Martin produced Elton John’s remake of “Candle In The Wind” as a tribute to Princess Diana, which went on to become the second-biggest selling single of all time.
– D. & J.
George Martin’s orchestral score for “Eleanor Rigby”:
George Martin’s orchestral score for “Strawberry Fields Forever”:
Paul McCartney & George Martin in the studio recording 1983’s Pipes Of Peace: