Sir George Martin: 1926-2016

The ‘Fifth Beatle’, Sir George Martin, has died. He was 90 years old.

The legendary record producer, arranger, conductor, audio engineer and musician worked on 30 No.1 hit singles in the UK.

The news of his passing was confirmed by Ringo Starr on Twitter, who wrote: “God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed.”

He added: “Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love.”

Sean Ono Lennon, son of fellow Beatle John Lennon, tweeted: “RIP George Martin. I’m so gutted I don’t have many words.”

Before working on pop records, Martin produced comedy and novelty recordings in the 1950s for Parlophone, working with the likes of Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan.

Martin began collaborating with The Beatles in the early 1960s, after the band had been rejected from a record deal by Decca.

As well as his work with The Beatles throughout their career, Martin contributed to film scores including the likes of Live & Let Die (1973), Pulp (1972), and Crooks Anonymous (1962).

Other artists produced by Martin included Matt Monro, Cilla Black, Paul McCartney, Gerry & The Pacemakers, America, Cheap Trick, Neil Sedaka, Elton John, Celine Dion and Kenny Rogers.

Watch a video below in which Sir Paul McCartney discusses why he returned to working with Martin after The Beatles split.

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