Sir George Martin: ‘The definitive record producer’

Tributes continue to pour in for Sir George Martin, ‘The Fifth Beatle’, who died peacefully yesterday (March 8) at his home. He was 90 years old.

As reported earlier, Beatle Ringo Starr thanked Martin for “all your love and kindness” and wished him “peace and love”.

Martin, who produced records for the Fab Four throughout their career, was later called “the greatest British record producer of all time” by his fellow UK-born studio whiz Mark Ronson.

Said Ronson: “Thank you Sir George Martin: the greatest British record producer of all time. We will never stop living in the world you helped create.”

Sir Paul McCartney, who worked with Martin as a Beatle but also on later work including 1982 solo album Tug Of War, said: “I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me.

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“He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me.”

Sir Paul McCartney

“He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the Fifth Beatle, it was George.”

Quincy Jones said on Twitter: “RIP to my musical brother George Martin. We were friends since 1964, & I am so thankful 4 that gift. Bless u & your precious posse 4ever.”

British producer David Arnold wrote: “You won’t find a single person with a bad word to say about George Martin. What a legacy to leave – everyone loved him. Let’s all aim for that.”

Sir George’s son Giles Martin, who followed in his father’s footsteps as a producer, simply wrote: “RIP dad. I love you. I’m so proud to have been your son. I’ll miss you more than words can say. Thank you for the all times we had together.”


“RIP Dad. I love you. I’m so proud to have been your son.”

Giles Martin

Abbey Road Studios, synonymous with so much of Martin’s work at EMI/Parlophone, said in a statement: “Sir George transformed music recording with his creative flair, innovation and passion and we want to express our deep sadness at losing such an immensely talented, charming and warm man.

“We are committed to ensuring Sir George’s visionary legacy lives forever at Abbey Road Studios, and we are hugely honoured to be part of his story.”

Chrysalis founder Chris Wright called Martin “a great friend, a totally supportive partner, a huge talent, but most of all a wonderful person of the highest integrity”.

Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich commented: “George Martin, my hero. So sad. The definitive record producer.. such a gentleman and was so kind to me. He did it all first… and best.”

Crowded House’s Neil Finn said that Martin’s “presence is everywhere”, while Gary Kemp called Martin “the Edmund Hillary of music”, dubbing him “adventurer, explorer, discovering routes for pop music we have all gratefully trod behind in”.


“Let’s face it: We’re all still copying his work.”

Gary Barlow

Those words were echoed by Gary Barlow, who dubbed Martin a “complete legend” before admitting to BBC Radio 2 earlier today: “We’re all still copying his work – let’s face it.”

Martin’s long-term manager, Adam Sharp, wrote a short but moving tribute, calling sir George “a true gentleman to the end”.

He said: “The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support.

“In a career that spanned seven decades he was an inspiration to many and is recognised globally as one of music’s most creative talents.

“He was a true gentleman to the end.”Music Business Worldwide

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