George Martin, legendary producer, passes away at 90

georgemartinbannerSir George Martin, one of the great producers in the history of rock music, passed away on Tuesday. Martin was 90 years old.

Martin was a producer, arranger, composer, musician, composer, and conductor. Martin is best known as the man who signed and produced The Beatles, with his contributions to the band being so great that he earned the much-deserved nickname “The Fifth Beatle.”

Beatles drummer Ringo Star announced the news to the world on Twitter.

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Martin produced almost all of The Beatles’ music, produced over 700 records overall, and was producer of 30 number-one hit singles and 16 number one albums in the U.K. and 23 number-one singles and 19 number-one albums in North America. Some of the notable hits Martin produced outside of The Beatles included “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey, “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney & Wings, “Ebony and Ivory” by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder, “Say, Say, Say” by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson, and “Candle in the Wind 1997” by Elton John. Martin also produced hits for Gerry & The Pacemakers, America, Ella Fitzgerald, Cilla Black, and Robin Gibb, among several others.

Among the many honors Martin won included six Grammy Awards, an Academy Award nomination, and was made a Knight Bachelor in 1996. The cause of Martin’s death was not immediately reported.

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