George Martin

Sir George Henry Martin CBE (3 January 1926  8 March 2016) was an English record producer. He was referred to as the "Fifth Beatle" in reference to his extensive involvement in each of the Beatles' original albums.[1] AllMusic has described him as the "world's most famous record producer".[2]


George Martin

Martin backstage at the Beatles' Love show, Las Vegas, c.2006
Born
George Henry Martin

(1926-01-03)3 January 1926
London, England
Died8 March 2016(2016-03-08) (aged 90)
Wiltshire, England
Alma materGuildhall School of Music and Drama
OccupationRecord producer, arranger
Spouse(s)
  • Sheena Chisholm
    (m. 1948, divorced)
  • Judy Lockhart-Smith
    (m. 1966)
Children4, including Giles and Greg
Musical career
Genres
Years active1950–2006
Labels

Martin's career spanned more than six decades in music, film, television and live performance. Before working with the Beatles and other pop musicians, he produced comedy and novelty records in the 1950s and early 1960s, working with Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Bernard Cribbins, among others. In his career he produced 30 number-one hit singles in the United Kingdom and 23 number-one hits in the United States. He also held a number of senior executive roles at media companies and contributed to a wide range of charitable causes, including his work for The Prince's Trust and the Caribbean island of Montserrat. In recognition of his services to the music industry and popular culture, he was made a Knight Bachelor in 1996.


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