'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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George Martin 'saw the real talent' in the Beatles

ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar reports

George Martin "saw the real talent in John Lennon and Paul McCartney", Beatles biographer Philip Norman said as he paid tribute to the star.

Martin, who signed the Beatles, died yesterday aged 90. He is survived by his wife Judy and four children.

Mr Norman told ITV News: "He devoted himself to making it sound as good as it could. He became a celebrity producer although he didn't want to be a celebrity."

Fans honour 'fifth Beatle' George Martin at Abbey Road

Fans have written tributes to George Martin on walls on Abbey Road today, following news of the Beatles producer's death at the age of 90.

A fan writes on a wall on Abbey Road in a tribute to 'fifth Beatle' George Martin Credit: SWNS
Fans wrote tributes to Sir George Martin on Abbey Road this morning Credit: SWNS
Abbey Road on Wednesday morning after it was announced that Sir George Martin has died aged 90 Credit: SWNS


Parlophone pays tribute to 'innovator' George Martin

Parlophone has honoured George Martin, its ex-chairman who signed the Beatles to the record label in 1962.

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.

Giles Martin: 'Dad, I'll miss you more than words can say'

George and Giles Martin Credit: PA

Producer and music director Giles Martin, has posted a touching online tribute to his pop impresario father George Martin, writing on Twitter that he will miss him "more than words can say."

Martin, who signed the Beatles, died yesterday aged 90. He is survived by his wife Judy and four children.


Midge Ure: 'We all learned from George Martin'

Producer and singer Midge Ure has spoken about the death of Sir George Martin, describing him as "one of the most wonderful people I have ever met."

In a phone call to GMB, Ure says "we all learned from George."

He credited Martin not only with giving the world the Fab Four, but with pioneering stereo music.

"Up until George got involved with the music industry, everything was in mono," he explains. "George insisted that we bring in a three-track tape recorder."

'George Martin was the Edmund Hillary of music'

Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp has described George Martin as "the Edmund Hillary of music" in a touching tribute to the Fab Four producer who died yesterday aged 90.

Tributes to 'greatest British music producer of all time'

Celebrities ranging from Liam Gallagher to Roger Moore have paid tribute to 'fifth Beatle' George Martin, who has died aged 90.

George Martin and Liam Gallagher in 1996 Credit: PA
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