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.
God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed xxx 😎✌️🌟💖☮— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love xx😎✌️🌟💖 pic.twitter.com/um2hRFB7qF— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
R.I.P. George Martin. I'm so gutted I don't have many words. Thinking of Judy and Giles and… https://t.co/3Nc8sCgRpN— Sean Ono Lennon (@seanonolennon) March 9, 2016
Thank you Sir George Martin: the greatest British record producer of all time. We will never stop living in the world you helped create.— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) March 9, 2016
PM: Sir George Martin was a giant of music - working with the Fab Four to create the world's most enduring pop music.— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) March 9, 2016
RIP to my musical brother George Martin. We were friends since 1964, & I am so thankful 4 that gift. Bless u & your precious posse 4ever.❤️Q— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) March 9, 2016
Rest in peace George Martin. You helped new sounds come out of hiding-and dreamt up some of my favorite arrangements and recordings... Love!— regina spektor (@respektor) March 9, 2016
Goodbye George Martin, thanks for producing the music that changed my world and everyone else's.… https://t.co/So1VjRkWNv— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) March 9, 2016
Sad to hear about the passing of George Martin. Not many others have done so much for music. pic.twitter.com/gPfFDwDPsm— James Bay (@JamesBayMusic) March 9, 2016
man george martin changed my life intensely— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) March 9, 2016
I think about him everyday when I'm working. dead or alive that will never stop— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) March 9, 2016
actually it's not just work based. I think about george martin everyday regardless— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) March 9, 2016
his ideas are a part of me. so many things I do and think are because of his ideas. like actual grooves created in my brain from his ideas— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) March 9, 2016
You don't need me to tell you how important George Martin was. The best producer ever. R.I.P xx— matty (@Truman_Black) March 9, 2016
R.I.P. George Martin. Thank you for everything you've done for music.— Armin van Buuren (@arminvanbuuren) March 9, 2016