It’s been said that if there hadn’t been a George Martin, there wouldn’t have been a band called the Beatles. Whether that’s true or not is impossible to say, but George Martin certainly helped turn the band into the international sensation they became. John Lennon himself said that George Martin “made us what we were in the studio.” It’s no wonder the legendary producer was often called the fifth Beatle.
From 1963’s Please Please Me, the Beatles’ first LP, all the way through 1969’s Abbey Road, George Martin practically was a member of the band, working closely with them to refine the sound and texture of each and every song. After the Beatles’ breakup, Martin continued producing for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr during their solo efforts, famously working on McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” in 1973.
Other musical acts that George Martin worked with include Kenny Rogers, Celine Dion, and Elton John, to name a few. On March 8, 2016, Martin died of unknown causes. He was 90 years old and passed away quietly in his sleep.