George Martin, the producer who more than anyone defined the sound of the Beatles, has died. His death was confirmed by Ringo Starr in a Tweet early this morning.
“God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family. George will be missed.“
Ringo followed that along with a photo of Martin hanging out with the Fab Four, saying,
“Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love.“
Paul McCartney spoke of his sadness to hear the news of Martin’s passing in a post on his website.
“I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George.“
Martin earned the title of the “fifth Beatle” after signing the band to their first record contract in 1962 and working with them through the iconic album Abbey Road. British Prime Minister David Cameron also tweeted about the producer’s death.
“Sir George Martin was a giant of music. Working with the Fab Four to create the world’s most enduring pop music.“
George Martin was 90.