Sir George Martin, the record producer known as the “fifth Beatle”, has died aged 90.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr announced the news on Twitter, writing: “God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed.”

Born in Holloway in north London, Sir George was instrumental in kickstarting Beatlemania, signing the band to his label Parlophone after hearing their demo tape in 1962. He went on to produce all but one of their albums, and his technical expertise in the studio and classical training allowed the band to flourish.

Sir George produced more than 700 records in his long career, working with artists including Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black and Shirley Bassey.

He won multiple Grammy awards and an Oscar for the score to A Hard Day’s Night, and was given a knighthood in 1996.

Among the many figures paying tribute to Sir George, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich called him “the definitive record producer”, while Sean Ono Lennon said, “I’m so gutted I don’t have many words.”. [via BBC]

R.I.P. George Martin. I’m so gutted I don’t have many words. Thinking of Judy and Giles and family. Love Always, Sean

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