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'Fifth Beatle' Sir George Martin dies at 90

Sir George Martin, the record producer known as the "Fifth Beatle", has died aged 90, Ringo Starr has said on Twitter.

Sir George helped the Beatles achieve global success as the head of the Parlophone record label after hearing their demo tape in 1962.

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Abbey Road Studios: 'Sir George's legacy will live forever'

Abbey Road Studios has expressed its “deepest condolences” to "fifth Beatle" George Martin's family following his death at the age of 90.

It has promised to continue the Beatles producer's "visionary legacy" at the famous music studios.

Abbey Road Studios in London Credit: Reuters

Sir George transformed music recording with his creative flair, innovation and passion and we want to express our deep sadness at losing such an immensely talented, charming and warm man.

We are committed to ensuring Sir George's visionary legacy lives forever at Abbey Road Studios, and we are hugely honoured to be part of his story.

– Abbey Road Studios statement

Abbey Road Studios, a converted Georgian townhouse in St John's Wood, north London, rose to fame in the 1960s as the Beatles recorded almost all of their albums and singles there - even naming their 1969 album Abbey Road.

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