George Martin, Dead at 90

George MartinGeorge Martin was 90. He was "the Fifth Beatle" who produced 13 albums and 22 singles for the band between 1962 and 1970.


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James Edgar

Unbelievably talented and i'm kind of embarrassed to say I thought he was already dead. RIP

March 9, 2016 @ 9:37 AM

mrmojorisinca

Two Beatles left.

March 9, 2016 @ 1:23 PM

jai

George Martin was an incredible talent who was able to harness the geniuses of John Lennon and
Paul along with George and Ringo the Beatles and incorporate all of their musical ideas into one
big collection of works that is still enjoyed today by generations. The fact that they allowed him to
take control speaks volumes of the Beatles.. their confidence and love they had for George Martin.

March 9, 2016 @ 1:52 PM

Derek

I thought Pete Best was the 5th Beatle. Or was it Brian Epstein?... No wait! It was Stuart Sutcliffe... Tony Sheridan... Andy White.... Jimmi Nicol... Neil Aspinall... Derek Taylor.... Billy Preston.... Eric Clapton.....

George Martin gets my vote as the NUMBER 5.......... NUMBER 5.............. NUMBER 5.

March 9, 2016 @ 1:59 PM

mr. hamburg

Always felt bad for Pete Best but of course it ('Beatlemania') wouldn't have happened the same way with Pete in the group. They needed Ringo to complete the appeal. Pete didn't have 'Revolver' or 'Rubber Soul' etc...in him.

Stu Sutcliffe had already left to pursue art before he died. I guess it's indeed George Martin who was the Fifth Beatle.

March 9, 2016 @ 2:10 PM

dale

George Martin was also the producer of the BEST selling record of all time - Elton John's recreation of Candle in the Wind as a tribute to Princess Diana.
George also created Sgt. Pepper the most influential album in rock history IMO.

March 9, 2016 @ 6:34 PM

This is cool

So I read the following and then listened to ‘In My Life’

Mr. Martin began adding keyboard parts to the Beatles’ recordings virtually from the start, a notable early example being the ringing celesta line on “Baby It’s You.” But the finest such contribution was his solo on “In My Life,” an autobiographical meditation by Lennon, on “Rubber Soul.” When the Beatles recorded the song, on Oct. 18, 1965, they left an instrumental verse open, to be filled with a solo, the nature of which was yet to be agreed upon. By Oct. 22, the group agreed to turn the solo over to Mr. Martin, who decided to give it a Bachian twist, writing a part that had the character and ornamentation of a Two-Part Invention.

On his first pass, he used a Hammond organ but didn’t care for the result. A piano worked better, but Mr. Martin, a functional but not virtuosic pianist, was unable to fully channel his inner Glenn Gould. So he played the master tape at half-speed, recording his part slowly and precisely. When the tape was played at full speed, the piano line was not only suitably crisp, but the speed change gave the instrument an unusual character — somewhere between that of a piano and a harpsichord, but not quite either.

March 10, 2016 @ 5:53 PM


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