Today it was deeply sad to read of the death of George Martin, the music producer known as the ‘fifth Beatle’.
That unofficial title was not an exaggeration, as he was fundamental to The Beatles albums and subsequent global success.
Although not alive when the iconic group were active, they were – and still are – one of the key musical acts of my lifetime.
From their early pop singles to their later rock albums, they helped shape post-war popular music but also remain an enduring influence on successive generations.
George Martin, with his background in classical music and radio comedy, turned out to be the perfect foil for the four young men from Liverpool.
His passing at age 90 is a cause for mourning and yet he lived an extraordinary life, producing 30 number-one singles in the UK and 23 in the US, numerous Grammys and Lifetime achievement awards.
Paul McCartney left this tribute on Facebook earlier today:
- 1962–1966 & 1967–1970 – The Beatles (Parlophone/EMI)
- Revolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties by Ian MacDonald (Fourth Estate, 1995)