According to the New York Times and other venues, George Martin, the hugely talented arranger and producer whose contributions to the Beatles’ albums got him dubbed “the fifth Beatle”, has died at 90. He was in fact SIR George Martin, knighted for his work. It’s hard to imagine the Beatles without him: songs like Eleanor Rigby, Penny Lane, In My Life, Yesterday, Strawberry Fields Forever, and the underappreciated Good Night would have been very different without him.
Twi**er is full of encomiums for the man; here’s a tw**t by Ringo:
There’s also a lovely statement by Paul McCartney on his website, which includes this:
It’s hard to choose favourite memories of my time with George, there are so many but one that comes to mind was the time I brought the song ‘Yesterday’ to a recording session and the guys in the band suggested that I sang it…
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