If you want to call someone the fifth Beatle, than George Martin is the only person who rightly deserves that title. It was Martin who signed the Fab Four to Parlophone Records after virtually every other label reject the band outright. It was Martin who, as the Beatles’ producer, was with with them for nearly every song they recorded (minus the Let It Be album and the Anthology sessions), and it was Martin whose ideas would help make some of the band’s best songs even better.
George Martin passed away Tuesday at the age of 90. To say he left an indelible mark on popular music would be an understatement. To celebrate an incredible life in music, we’ve compiled some video moments that feature the man, his music and his impact.
George Martin on recording Yesterday:
John Lennon on George Martin:
Producing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band:
Reuniting with Paul McCartney for Pipes of Peace:
Discussing the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album with Brian Wilson: