Celebrating George Martin on His Birthday

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The Beatles with George Martin, Abbey Road Studios Jan. 1967 (Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.; used with permission)

The man who was often referred to as the “Fifth Beatle” was born on January 3, 1926, in London. The renowned Beatles producer, George Martin, earned virtually every music-related honor in his lifetime including six Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to name a few.

He received Knighthood from HRH Queen Elizabeth II in 1996. Martin died in his sleep on March 8, 2016, at age 90 at his home. The cause of death was never disclosed.

The Parlophone Records executive famously met with Fab Four manager Brian Epstein in 1962 after all other British record labels had passed on the quartet. Martin signed them soon after.

In 2017, the two late Beatles’ social media accounts acknowledged Martin with some beautiful images. From John Lennon’s Twitter account…

From George Harrison’s Twitter account…

From the Beatles’ promising beginning through the days of toe-tapping hits like “Can’t Buy Me Love” of the British Invasion and Beatlemania to the group’s growth and development of songs with orchestral arrangements like “All You Need is Love” and the complexity of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Martin was a significant force and influence.

Watch Lennon talk about what they learned from each other, in this interview with “Whispering” Bob Harris

The Beatles were constantly overlooked by the Recording Academy for Grammy consideration, winning just seven. In 2008, Martin and his son, Giles, earned Grammy Awards for their production of the 2006 Beatles album, Love. It proved to be the senior Martin’s final production.

A tweet from Giles in 2020…

Related: Our 2016 interview with Giles Martin, who has been producing many Beatles reissues

And another tweet from Giles, from 2022, with a home video of his father explaining to his granddaughter why he signed The Beatles…

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