|Sir George Martin (3
January 1926 - 8 March 2016).
Took to music at an early age, becoming interested in the piano before the age of eight. He was later interested in architecture, design, and aeronautics, and ended up becoming a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm (the aviation branch of the Royal Navy) towards the end of World War II.
He returned to music, attending the Guildhall School of Music, studying composition, conducting, orchestration, and theory, and taking up the oboe as a second principal instrument. He got into the music industry as assistant to Oscar Preuss, the head of the Parlophone label, at a period when the label was in transition from second-rate classical recordings to "pop" music.
As a producer, George Martin's first number one hit in the U.K. was the Temperence Seven's "You're Driving Me Crazy" in 1961. Then in the spring of 1962, Martin happened to interview Brian Epstein, a Liverpool-based manager, about a quartet known as The Beatles. That summer, they were signed to Parlophone. Over the following years, Martin would help to shape The Beatles, getting credit from some as being the "fifth Beatle" for his work with the band. But two years later, Martin split from Parlophone, due to the small producer's royalty which had not increased during the explosive growth of the label, to form AIR (Associated Independent Recording).
The Beatles were produced by George Martin through 1969's Abbey Road, and it wasn't until The Beatles broke up that Martin was completely free from his ties to EMI. In the 1970s, he produced a wide variety of artists and bands, from America and Jimmy Webb to Jeff Beck and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. He continued to work with an array of artists, many of whom received critical acclaim. (from Discog)
|Off The Beatle Track
Salutes "The Beatle Girls"
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