George Martin was a record producer and an accomplished audio engineer with an estimated $400 million worth when he died on March 8 at the age of 90.
George Martin is known by many as the “Fifth Beatle” for his pervasive contribution in producing major hit albums of the legendary English rock band the Beatles. Martin will undoubtedly be remembered as a noteworthy record producer from U.K.’s rock music fraternity. Since the early 1960s, George Martin had been associated with producing albums for the Beatles and had been of a great support to its bandmates, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon. George Martin has produced almost all of the Beatles’ pioneer albums and was credited for the signature swinging tone in every Beatles song. Martin has been an arranger and a composer for the band, and his music association with them crossed over six successful decades.
George Martin is one the most significant audio engineers at Abbey Road Studios, one of the world’s most famous recording studios. Recognizing his work in music, Martin was bestowed with the title of a Knight Bachelor in 1996, making Sir George Martin a true rock legend.
Tea break during recording of From Me To You & The One After 909 at Abbey Road with George Martin 5th March ’63 #OTD pic.twitter.com/vtCiLxqc9g
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) March 5, 2015
George Martin Net Worth Comparisons
|George Martin||$400 million|
|Paul McCartney||$660 million|
|George Harrison||$400 million|
|Ringo Starr||$300 million|
|John Lennon||$800 million|
With the Beatles
George Martin was born in Highbury, London and went to Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1947. After graduating in 1950, he worked for BBC and later joined EMI to become the head of its Parlophone Records. Martin had success producing background scores for various comedy acts and worked with notable comedians like Dudley Moore, Bill Oddie, Bruce Forsyth, and many more. After meeting with their manager for many occasions, Martin got a chance to work with an up and coming rock band, the Beatles. Their first recording session took place in 1962 at Abbey Road Studios, and Martin produced their hit “How Do You Do It.” Martin has produced all 27 studio albums for the Beatles and was their audio engineer, composer, as well as arranger. His career with the Beatles is what made Martin a major chunk of his current net worth and he went on to become one of the highest-paid record producers in England.
Music for Film & Television
George Martin was a host for BBC’s documentary The Rhythm of Life (1998) and showcased compositions of top artists like Billy Joel and Celine Dion. George also starred in a biographical documentary Produced by George Martin (2011) and was part of the team that worked on the theme music for the James Bond series—he produced “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey in 1964, and “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney and Wings in 1973. These tracks are know to be the two best-known James Bond themes. George Martin has also contributed to the 007 film scores. His other compostional work in movie scores include films like Crooks Anonymous (1962), The Family Way (1966), The Optimists of Nine Elms (1973), and Honky Tonk Freeway (1981). Although his earnings from television and film music aren’t quite specified as yet, it’s presumably valued in the millions, considering the work Martin has laid out.
Other Memorable Work
Apart from the Beatles, George Martin has also produced record albums and singles for artists like Billy J. Kramer, Kenny Rogers, Elton John, John Williams, and the British folk-rock band Stackridge. He produced Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” track in 1997, which served as a tribute to Princess Diana; the track topped all English charts that year.
The legends are really going home! Visionary producer of #TheBeatles, George Martin (1926-2016). pic.twitter.com/X8sVf9iNQ7
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) March 9, 2016
Thank you Sir George Martin: the greatest British record producer of all time. We will never stop living in the world you helped create.
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) March 9, 2016
George Martin passed away on March 8, 2016 at the age of 90, and his death was announced by Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr via his Twitter account. Martin was married to Judy Lockhart Smith (50), and has sons, Giles (46) and Gregory Paul Martin (59), as well as daughters, Alexis and Lucy Martin. Martin is missed by the music fraternity and his well-earned net worth proves how great a musician can be, even if it’s behind the scenes.
Photo Credits: Twitter/The Beatles