The real fifth Beatle, Sir George Martin, turns 87
When the topic comes up for discussion, several names are mentioned for those who could be called the Fifth Beatle.
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#1 Jan 4, 2013
Happy birthday to Sir George Martin. Thank you for everything you did for The Beatles.
#2 Jan 4, 2013
Happy Birthday to Sir George Martin and bass player John Paul Jones may they live long lives.
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#3 Sep 19, 2013
Since I haven't greet Sir George, a special tribute for him is I will give some information about Sir George Martin of the Beatles..
If there is one person in the world who can lay reasonable claim to the title of “the Fifth Beatle,” it has to be engineering wizard George Martin, CBE. Not only did he facilitate the Beatles’ first contract with EMI and provide input into the group’s early decision to fire original drummer Pete Best in favor of Ringo Starr, but his decision to record the Beatle’s first hit,“Please Please Me,” as an uptempo tune rather than a ballad probably helped to propel the song upwards on the charts. In addition to producing the Beatles’ very first single and their first number one hit, Martin engineered virtually all their albums, with the notable exception of “Let it Be.”
He also composed, arranged and performed instrumental passages on numerous Beatles recordings, including many of the piano and organ parts. Unlike other popular bands at the time, the Beatles lacked an official keyboard player. Along with the imaginative keyboard playing of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, however, the Beatles benefited greatly from the keyboard skills of George Martin. This point alone accounts for the fact that many fans feel that he has earned his “Fifth Beatle” title fairly.
In his long career with the Beatles and other artists, Martin amassed 30 number one hit singles in the UK and 23 in the US. Six times he has been awarded a Grammy.
Martin, now 87 years old, suffers from permanent hearing loss as a result of hours of exposure to loud music. In a recent interview, he described rock and roll as the “domain of the young,” and noted that his days of producing it are over.
But his statement to the Beatles as they played the last chord of “Please Please Me” in the studio reverberates to this day.
“Gentlemen,” Martin announced from the console,“You have just made your first number one record.”
As millions of Beatles fans can attest, it was not to be their last.
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