This morning we were incredibly sad to learn of the death of Sir George Martin, the hugely influential British producer who made over 700 records and was best known for his work with The Beatles. After producing a batch of novelty albums as head of Parlophone Records in the Fifties, he signed the then-unknown Fab Four in 1962 – although he didn’t rate their musical ability much at the time.
Over the next 8 years, he helped them develop from fresh-faced Liverpudlian upstarts into global megastars, earning the title of ‘The Fifth Beatle’ as he did so (even though he dismissed the term, saying that the band’s roadie was more deserving of it). It was Martin’s musical expertise, experimental leanings and technical brilliance that allowed The Beatles’ sonic visions to be realised so wonderfully.
Without George Martin, the last 50 years in music would sound very different indeed. Celebrate his life and work with this playlist of his greatest hits, featuring Shirley Bassey, Elton John, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and, of course, The Beatles.
Sam Lee – Editorial Manager UK
Listen to the playlist here: http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1661708031