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Paul and Ringo pay their respects to producer who made them stars

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have paid tribute to the record producer Sir George Martin who made them stars.

He died yesterday aged 90.

The legendary producer heard the Liverpool quartet's demo tape in 1962 when he was head of the Parlophone label, and there began a partnership that was to change the face of popular music forever.

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'Holy Grail' of Beatles records to go under the hammer

Credit: Omega Auctions

A "Holy Grail" original recording by The Beatles that spent years in a loft will go on sale next month. The 1962 record of Till There Was You and Hello Little Girl is expected to fetch around £10,000 amid worldwide interest from Beatles fans.

The disc was pressed at the HMV record store on Oxford Street before the group's manager Brian Epstein handwrote the title tracks and presented it to record company boss George Martin in 1962.

"This is one of those Holy Grail items, like the original Quarrymen acetate that the band recorded themselves. "This acetate is a unique item that, in many respects, helped Brian Epstein to start the ball rolling to musical world domination. "It will fascinate Beatles collectors worldwide and no doubt attract bids from those with deep pockets."

– Ian Shirley, Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide editor

The record is being sold on behalf of Les Maguire of Gerry and the Pacemakers, The valuable recording has been locked away in Mr Maguire's loft until now. It'll go up for sale at Omega Auctions in Warrington on March 22.

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Beatles contract fetches £365k at auction

Contract fetches £365,000 at auction. Credit: Sotheby's

The contract that launched The Beatles' career has fetched £365,000 at auction.

It is the only management contact signed by the final Beatles line-up (John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr) and their manager Brian Epstein.

It was signed by them all on October 1 1962, just four days ahead of the release of their first single Love Me Do.

The document was sold at Sotheby's "Rock & Pop" auction.

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