Beatles producer dubbed ‘Fifth Beatle’ dies aged 90
Sir George Martin, the Beatles record producer, has died
aged 90, Ringo Starr confirmed today.
Dubbed the ‘Fifth Beatle’, Martin supervised most of the
band’s era-defining recordings from “Love Me Do”
through the psychedelia of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts
Club Band” to their final collaborations on “Abbey Road”.
Beatles drummer Starr shared the sad news of Martin’s
death in a Twitter message in the early hours of
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
Thank you for all your love and kindness George
peace and love xx pic.twitter.com/um2hRFB7qF
Martin was an EMI staff producer who had the foresight
and the ear to sign a band that had been turned down by
virtually every other major label in London in 1962, before
Starr was a full-fledged member.
Martin signed the group from Liverpool before meeting
the members on the strength of demo tapes shopped by
manager Brian Epstein.
Martin was a huge influence on the group’s sound – he
famously suggested they speed up the tempo of “Please,
Please Me,” turning a Roy Orbison-esque ballad into a
rocker that marked the Beatles’ first No.
Perhaps most significantly, he expressed his faith in John
Lennon and Paul McCartney as songwriters by conceding
to their demand to record their own material and rebuffing
his suggestion that the pop tune “How Do You Do It” be
their first single.