George Martin 1926-2016

Chris Connor laments the loss of one of the finest producers of all time; George Martin who has sadly passed away.


The story of the Beatles is a well documented one. Four ordinary lads from Liverpool who went on to conquer and change the world of music forever, starting with pop and rock n roll, finishing with acid induced progressive rock  from 1963’s Please Please Me to 1970s Let it be.  What is less well documented is the role of George Martin, the producer, who is often credited as being the “fifth Beatle” a claim I think rings true of his involvement in the band.  John Lennon said “he had a great musical knowledge and background” “he taught us a lot and I’m sure we taught him a lot”. This shows the depth and knowledge Martin brought to the band.

In a career lasting 6 decades martin produced for the likes of Elton John, the police, Paul Mccartney and Michael Jackson, however he is likely to be best and most fondly remembered for his role in helping the Beatles , who are still seen by many as one of the greatest bands of all time, to discover their sound and shape their legacy which we can still feel clearly to this day. With the band only recently on streaming services and the hype that was caused by that move the Beatles continue to break records and shape the musical experiences of new generations, I feel much of this comes from Martin’s input in shaping the Fab 4s musicality and pushing them to new extremes to bring out the experimental sound they became known for on records such as Sgt Pepper, Revolver and Abbey Road.

I feel overall Martin has left an incredible legacy through his work and as long as people are listening to music they will appreciate his contribution to one of the great musical acts of one of the defining, if not the defining decades for rock/pop music and his legend will live on through the songs and stories of John, Paul, George and Ringo.