Sir George Martin, producer known as the ‘fifth Beatle’, dies
posted at 8:01 am on March 9, 2016 by John Sexton
George Martin, the Beatles producer, died Tuesday at age 90. Ringo Starr broke the news on Twitter:
Martin’s representatives at CA Management confirmed the news in a statement given to the Telegraph:
We can confirm that Sir George Martin passed away peacefully at home yesterday evening, Tuesday March 8th. The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support.
BBC has a brief biography of his incredible career:
A carpenter’s son from Holloway in north London, Sir George helped the Beatles achieve global success as the head of the Parlophone record label after hearing their demo tape in 1962.
He took them from their mop-top recordings in the early 1960s to the psychedelia of Sergeant Pepper.
In his lifetime, he won multiple Grammy awards and an Academy Award for the score to A Hard Day’s Night.
In 1999, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
There is a much more detailed biography of Martin’s life and career at Rolling Stone.