George Martin, The Beatles producer, dies aged 90
George Martin, the producer affectionately known as "The Fifth Beatle", has died at the age of 90.
The news was broken by Martin's manager Adam Sharp, who said in a statement: "The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support. In a career that spanned seven decades, he was an inspiration to many and is recognised globally as one of music's most creative talents. He was a true gentleman to the end."
Martin, who began working with The Beatles in 1962 after hearing one of their first demos, would also go on to work with Cilla Black, Sting, Gerry And The Pacemakers and Shirley Bassey and would produce over 700 records during his career.
He won a string of Grammy Awards during his career as well as an Oscar for his help with The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night. He also received a knighthood in 1996 and in 1999 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Among the musicians to pay tribute to Martin have been Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr, John Lennon's son Sean, Mark Ronson, Liam Gallagher and James Bay. You can read the tributes below:
God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed xxx 😎✌️🌟💖☮— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
R.I.P. George Martin. I'm so gutted I don't have many words. Thinking of Judy and Giles and… https://t.co/3Nc8sCgRpN— Sean Ono Lennon (@seanonolennon) 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
Sad to hear about the passing of George Martin. Not many others have done so much for music. pic.twitter.com/gPfFDwDPsm— James Bay (@JamesBayMusic) March 9, 2016
Sir George Martin RIP LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) March 9, 2016