Wednesday, March 09, 2016

GEORGE MARTIN, FIFTH BEATLE, DIES AT AGE 90


George Martin, producer of most of the albums by The Beatles, died yesterday at age 90.  Martin had the savvy to sign The Beatles to Parlophone records in 1962 after several other record labels passed on them.  NICE WORK, GEORGE!  He was behind the board for the majority of their major triumphs and innovations, and even made a couple of appearances on their recordings.  He went on to produce over 700 albums over the course of his career.



This is one of my favorite clips of George Martin.  It comes from a TV special celebrating the 25th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  The whole special is available in parts on YouTube, but this section deals specifically with the recording of A Day In the Life.  In it, George is at the mixing desk and he's playing with the faders to isolate different segments of the track.  The most powerful moment is when he isolates John's vocals, and you can see George get lost in the memories.  It's a pretty emotional moment.

Shyboy

1 comment:

Flapper Ball said...

I like Keith Richards, but his saying that Pepper was drivel is drivel. I am so thankful that George Martin was the guy who produced the Beatles. They pushed us all so far.