R.I.P. Sir George Martin
Record producer extraordinaire Sir George Martin passed away last night at the age of 90. Best known of course for his groundbreaking production & engineering work with The Beatles, whom he encouraged and mentored throughout most of the band's career, Martin, who worked for EMI's Parlophone Records, also recorded The Beatles' first demo, which led to his signing the lads and forever changing the landscape of popular music. Martin also produced records by many other artists including Beatles' contemporaries Gerry & The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas, as well as later efforts by America, Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Elton John, Ultravox & more.
Paul McCartney said in a statement: "I’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. 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. 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. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know."