Written by Staff Writer
09 Mar, 2016 | 4:11 pm
Sir George Martin, the legendary music producer who shaped the Beatles into the world’s most important pop music force, has died at the age of 90.
A Universal Music Group spokesman in Los Angeles confirmed Martin’s death but said details were not immediately known. Martin was referred to as the “Fifth Beatle” and served as producer, collaborator and mentor to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
He produced jazz, comedy and classical albums before signing the Beatles in 1962. The young band members were rough around the edges, but Martin saw their commercial promise.
Over the coming years, he helped score, arrange, and produce many of the band’s biggest hits, including Yesterday and Love Me Do. His 1979 autobiography, All You Need Is Ears, chronicles his discovery of the Beatles and their creative process.
Martin was knighted in 1996. In 2006, working with his son, Giles Martin, he helped develop the Beatles-inspired Cirque du Soleil show Love in Las Vegas, which went on to reap his two most recent Grammys.
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