It’s a sad day for Beatles fans. George Martin, the legendary producer of much of the fab four’s classic catalog, has died at age 90. Other than being affectionately known as the “Fifth Beatle”, he is also credited with giving the Beatles their first recording contract.
Martin signed The Beatles in 1962 to EMI, solely by the suggestion of Brian Epstein (as Martin had not yet seen the Beatles perform live). He became a driving force in the anthology of the Beatles, producing all of their albums with the exception of Let It Be.
Ringo Starr took to Twitter to comment on Martin’s passing.
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
Martin worked with a plethora of artists including Elton John, Jeff Beck, Gerry Glitter and Cheap Trick. His accomplishments include six Grammy awards and in 1996 was made a Knight Bachelor.
The cause of his death has not yet been released.
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