BENGALURU: Years before he met the Beatles, George Martin produced a string of popular comedy records and, in the 60s, the records he made with the Beatles rode to the top of the charts. Martin, renowned record producer, passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 90.
The news was broken by Ringo Starr, the drummer of the Beatles, who tweeted, “God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed.”
Sir Paul McCartney, bass guitarist of the Beatles and their prolific songwriter, said, “He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatleswith 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.”
While Martin was initially skeptical about the Beatles’ ability as musicians and songwriters, he took to their humor and personalities immediately. Memorably George Harrison told him “I don’t like your tie for a start” when Martin asked him if they disliked anything about the recording set up.
Everyone knows George Martin for his work in shaping the Beatles but Martin has contributed so much more to the music industry outside of his work with the Beatles. He helped redefine a record producer’s role in pop music and was one of the pop producers to become as famousas the musicians they recorded.
In the course of his career, Martin also produced two James Bond themes: Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey and Paul McCartney and Live and Let Die by the Wings. Martin also occasionally played the piano for the Beatles.
While the music industry was mourning Martin’s death, Game of Thrones fans mistook his death to be that of the author George R.R Martin and posted tweets of the writer’s death leading to confusion in the social media ether.