March 9, 2016

Downtown Salutes Sir George Martin

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Today we remember the pioneer -- Sir George Martin.

Dubbed, the “Fifth Beatle”, Sir George was undeniably one of the most important producers, arrangers, composers and sound engineers of our time.

Born on January 3 in London, Sir George has embodied a love of music for his entire life. A student at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Sir George studied the oboe and the piano. After graduating, he began working at BBC’s Classical Music division and eventually moved to EMI to head Parlophone Records. In his early work, Sir George focused on producing comedy records, and eventually moved to producing two songs for James Bond films. Having first met The Beatles in 1962, Sir George thought the band was “unpromising” but liked the sound of Paul and John’s harmonies and signed them when every British label passed.

The rest, as they say is history. With 30 number one singles in the United Kingdom, and 23 number one singles in the United States, Sir George Martin was one of the most successful producers of all time.

A humble gentlemen to the last, Sir George was asked about his contribution to "Eleanor Rigby" recently to which he replied "I just added the strings".

Sir George was knighted in 1996 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

Downtown is fortunate to represent the compositions written by Sir George, his son Giles, and other talented composers he signed to his publishing company, George Martin Music.

Photo Credit: The Beatles on Abbey Road