Award-winning record producer and audio engineer, George Martin, passed away on March 8 at the age of 90. In honor of the music icon, here’s a look at some of his best work from his six-decade-long career. Martin’s noteworthy contribution is fondly remembered in almost all of the major albums from the legendary English rock band the Beatles. Martin is also often referred to as the “Fifth Beatle,” because he has produced many chart-topping Beatles songs. George Martin was a producer, composer, and an arranger for the Beatles, delivering hits like “Love Me Do”, “Yesterday,” and “Please Please Me.” George Martin has also worked with Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, John Williams, Matt Monro, Elton John, Kenny Rogers, Celine Dion, and many more. Martin is one of those successful producers of all time with several number-one records over more than three consecutive decades.
George Martin even received an Academy Award nomination for scoring the music of A Hard Day’s Night (1964). He has also won several top awards as a record producer and arranger, and has won six Grammy Awards over five decades. As a producer of the Beatles’ eighth studio album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, George Martin won his first Grammy Award in 1967 for Best Contemporary Album and even bagged the Album of the Year award that same year. As an arranger, Martin won a Grammy for Best Arrangement in 1973 for Paul McCartney’s James Bond track, “Live and Let Die.” Martin won another Grammy in 1993, and two more in 2007, making him undoubtedly the most established record producer from England. George Martin’s work has resonated with London’s Abbey Road Studios, one of the greatest recording studios in the world. Here’s a look back at his best produced work on the Beatles’ albums, as Martin has been an integral part of the band’s everlasting success.
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Off the Beatle Track (1964)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Abbey Road (1969)
Yellow Submarine (1969)
Let It Be (1970)
In My Life (1998)
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