George Martin: Ringo Starr, Sean Lennon, and More Celebrities Mourn Beatles Producer
Legendary music producer George Martin, who was often known as the “fifth Beatle,” died on Tuesday at 90 years old. Representatives confirmed to the Associated Press that he “died peacefully in his home,” and after the news spread, dozens of musicians, fans, and colleagues remembered Martin on social media.
Ringo Starr was the first to announce the news on Twitter, and posted a photo of Martin with the Fab Four. “Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love xx,” he wrote of the producer who worked with the Beatles on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Revolver, Rubber Soul, and Abbey Road.
Paul McCartney also made a statement on his website and remembered Martin’s effect on “Yesterday.” The Beatle wrote, “The guys in the band suggested that I sang it solo and accompany myself on guitar. After I had done this George Martin said to me, ‘Paul, I have an idea of putting a string quartet on the record.’ I said, ‘Oh no, George, we are a rock and roll band and I don’t think it’s a good idea.’ With the gentle bedside manner of a great producer he said to me, ‘Let us try it and if it doesn’t work we won’t use it and we’ll go with your solo version.’ I agreed to this and went round to his house the next day to work on the arrangement.”
See more tributes and memories of Martin below.