(PCM) The Beatles are a band responsible for changing the landscape of pop music, however the one man behind the scenes pulling the strings was producer George Martin. Sadly, we have learned that George Martin has passed away “peacefully at his home” in England at the age of 90.
Martin’s rep Adam Sharp says in a statement, “In a career that spanned seven decades he was recognized globally as one of music’s most creative talents and a gentleman to the end. The family ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
Martin spent seven years working with The Beatles and helped transform them into true music revolutionaries. He was not afraid to think outside of the box or shy away from experimentation. Paul McCartney says that Martin was like a second father to him and in his statement says “From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.”
In addition to catapulting The Beatles to super stardom, Martin also worked with artists such as Elton John, Jeff Beck, Celine Dion, Cheap Trick and several of Paul McCartney’s solo albums. He made the decision to retire from the music industry back in 2009 and throughout his career has earned just about every musical accolade winning a Grammy for “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 1967 and being inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame in 1999.
Our sincere condolences go out to Martin’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.