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George Martin

George Martin was working as a producer for EMI Records’ Parlophone label when, in 1962, he heard the demo tapes of a group called The Beatles.


His previous claim to fame had been as producer of Peter Sellers comedy albums, but Martin played an essential part in developing the recorded sound of The Beatles – and as their music grew ever more complex his role became even bigger, for the Fab Four would never have made records like Strawberry Fields Forever and Sgt Peppers without him to arrange, orchestrate and transform their wishes into recorded sound.

Martin left EMI in 1965 to launch AIR Studios and finally retired from the music business in October 1998.

George Martin passed away on 9 March 2016, aged 90.