George Martin, producer and arranger for The Beatles along with numerous other musical acts, is dead according to Ringo Starr and Universal Music group. Martin was 90.
Initial word of Martin’s death came via a tweet from Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.
God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed xxx 😎✌️🌟💖☮
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
It would be nearly impossible to overstate the influence Martin’s work had on the 50 years of music that followed his discovery of The Beatles in 1962.
The producer, executive, arranger, musician and British knight was behind a whopping 23 No. 1 singles in the U.S. and 30 in the U.K.
As head of EMI’s Parlophone Records, which then concentrated on jazz and comedy, Martin was on the lookout for a rock act when he met Beatles manager Brian Epstein in February 1962. Every other British label had passed on signing the foursome — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best.
Martin called their demo made for Decca Records a month earlier “rather unpromising,” but there was something about those Lennon-McCartney harmonies, so he scheduled The Beatles for a recording session at EMI’s Abbey Road studios in June. He liked what he heard and signed them up.
According to Billboard, Universal Music Group, which purchased Beatles label EMI a few years back, has confirmed Martin’s death.