SIR GEORGE MARTIN, the record producer known as the fifth Beatle has died. Ringo Starr broke the news on Twitter and led the tributes saying Sir George “will be missed”, whilst his family thanked everyone for their thoughts, messages of support and prayers. His manager has said that he died at his home on Tuesday March 8.
Sir George produced more than 700 records throughout his career and is famous for signing the Beatles.
He also worked with other bands and singers such as Gerry and the Pacemakers, Dame Shirley Bassey and Cilla Black.
“I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever,” said Sir Paul McCartney in a statement.
“He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George.
“From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.”
Sir George, hailing from Holloway in North London was instrumental in helping the Beatles achieve their worldwide success and evolve their psychedelic sound. He worked as the head of Parlophone records and signed them with the label after hearing their demo tape in 1962.