Mar 09, 2016

By Dave Woodard

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The man affectionately known as the fifth Beatle has died.

Sir George Martin, the record producer who guided the Beatles to international stardom, passed away Tuesday.

British Prime Minister David Cameron hailed Martin as a “Giant of music,” and Beatles drummer Ringo Starr tweeted “George will be missed.”

Martin produced and arranged many of the Beatles greatest works from “Love Me Do” through “Abbey Road.”

In a 1998 interview, Martin told the BBC, “There was a time when I got really fed up with being known as the Beatles producer. It seemed I had done nothing else in my life. But time eases a lot of things and it certainly eases that because I realized that it was something to be really proud of.”

But he certainly didn’t stop with the Beatles.

Martin helped produce several acts over the years. Everyone from Gerry and the Pacemakers, to Dame Shirley Bassey; from Tom Jones to Cheap Trick.

He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful music producer ever with more than 50 number 1 hits in the UK and US alone.

“I’ve covered the (music producing) field. And if you turn me upside down, you’ll see notes falling out of my ears,” Martin said.

Sir George Martin helped score, arrange or played on many of the instrumental pieces in Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “I am the Walrus,” and “In My Life”

Sir George Martin was 90.

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