Sir George Henry Martin CBE was an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer, and musician. He is sometimes referred to as “the Fifth Beatle” in reference to his extensive involvement on each of the Beatles’ original albums.He is considered one of the greatest record producers of all time, with 30 number-one hit singles in the United Kingdom and 23 number-one hits in the United States.
Martin was influenced by a range of musical styles, encompassing Cole Porterand John Dankworth. He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1947 to 1950, studying piano and oboe. Following his graduation, he worked for the BBC’s classical music department, then joined EMI in 1950. Martin produced comedy and novelty records in the early 1950s, working with Peter Sellers andSpike Milligan, among others.
Martin’s career spanned more than six decades, and he worked in music, film, television, and live performance. He also held a number of senior executive roles at media companies and contributes to a wide range of charitable causes, including his work for the Prince’s Trust and the Caribbean island of Montserrat.
In recognition of his services to the music industry and popular culture, he was made a Knight Bachelor in 1996.
Martin died on the night of 8 March 2016 at the age of 90.His death was announced by Ringo Starr on his Twitter account. A spokesperson for A Universal Music Group confirmed his death. The cause of death has not been announced. He was survived by his wife of nearly fifty years, Judy Lockhart Smith, and his four children.
Upon announcing his death, Starr tweeted: “God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed xxx”. Sean Lennon reacted to Martin’s death on Twitter by saying: “I’m so gutted I don’t have many words”.