George Martin

by Chris Juried

Sir George Henry Martin CBE (born 3 January 1926) is an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He is sometimes referred to as "the Fifth Beatle"—a title that he has described as "nonsense"—in reference to his extensive involvement on each of The Beatles' original albums. He is considered one of the greatest record producers of all time, with 30 number one hit singles in the UK and 23 number one hits in the USA.

Influenced by a range of musical styles, encompassing Cole Porter and Johnny Dankworth, he attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1947 to 1950, studying piano and oboe. Following his graduation, he worked for the BBC's classical music department, then joined EMI in 1950. Martin produced comedy and novelty records in the early 1950s, working with the likes of Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan.

In a career spanning over six decades, Martin has worked in music, film, television and live performance. He has also held a number of senior executive roles at media companies and contributes 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 awarded as Knight Bachelor in 1996.

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Apr 14, 2015
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Feb 27, 2015
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by: Sebastian

I am glad to know about the life history of great music composer and sound engineer Sir George Henry Martin. People love to hear the music that is composed by him and that shows his legacy.


Jun 14, 2013
by: Bob Morritt

Sir George Henry Martin is an icon in the recording industry. From his earlier BBC radio era I recall his productions well, especially 'The Goon Show' with "Neddy Seagoon" and compatriots. On my own record promotional trip to Europe in May of 1963 I met his colleague Roland Rennie at EMI. These were the producers that polished up the Beatles from an average 'Star Club' type small group to a stardom that even they could not have realised in those early days. If I could award ten stars here I would do that!

Bob Morritt

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