BRIAN MAY WRITES CONDOLENCE MESSAGE ON SOAPBOX HERE
R.I.P. GEORGE MARTIN
‘Fifth Beatle’ Sir George Martin dies, aged 90
9 March 2016
Record producer Sir George Martin, known as the “fifth Beatle”, has died, aged 90.
His family thanked “everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support” after his death at home on Tuesday, his manager said.
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr broke the news on Twitter and led tributes, saying Sir George “will be missed”.
Sir George signed the Beatles and produced more than 700 records.
He also worked with artists including Gerry and the Pacemakers, Dame Shirley Bassey and Cilla Black.
– Recently George Martin has been a fighting against an ‘iceberrg’ basement to try to save Air Studios, along with Brian May and others.
– ‘All You Need Is Love’ recording (Brian played guitar) was produced by George Martin.
– Roger Taylor performed at the UK Hall of Fame Awards 24 November 2006 and had the privilege to induct Led Zeppelin, as well as play drums in a supergroup, with 31-piece orchestra and choir, on 3 Beatles songs –
‘Golden Slumbers’, ‘Carry The Weight’ and ‘The End’ – in tribute to producer George Martin, who was also being honoured with an induction. [INTERVIEW]
– In 2002 both Brian and Roger played for “Party at the Palace” on Jubilee Bank Holiday, Monday, which was under the creative guidance of Beatles producer, Sir George Martin and respected music producer, Phil Ramone and the musical directorship of acclaimed musician and composer Michael Kamen.
– Brian May hugely influenced by The Temperance Seven, for his guitar orchestrations – they were produced by George Martin.
Extract interview: THE INDEPENDENT
23 March 2012 by DAVID ARNOLD
It sounded like an orchestra a lot of the time. Going back to the Queen records, there were so many sounds and tones, where did all that come from?
“You get a string line, then another string over the top of it that starts after it and then another one so it’s a kind of a bell effect where the harmonies grow rather than all coming at once, and the other people that used that really brilliantly were The Temperance Seven. I was an absolute addict of The Temperance Seven in the Sixties. They were actually produced by George Martin, strangely enough, who was about to meet The Beatles…”