Tributes to the late Beatles’ producer keep flooding in.
Speaking to the Guardian, the Radiohead producer said: “The story that Paul McCartney told me was that John Lennon was out all night doing whatever and showed up pretty frazzled the next day with ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ – but it was a song with just one note on the guitar and some singing. And George Martin said: ‘OK, let’s see what we can do with this.’ It’s taking something very basic and seeing the potential in it and using your skills to make it happen. It’s a cross between a group therapist and a film director.”
He continued: “We had Joe Meek and other producers, but George Martin produced the job of producer – he made that job. It was a time of great revolution and technology, multi-tracking and what you could do in a studio. He had all of these things at his disposal.”
“I love the guy – he was an amazing inspiration. He wrote a book, All You Need Is Ears, and it changed the way I thought about recording in terms of simplicity and directness, just before we recorded Radiohead’s Kid A. And I was lucky enough to meet him. He was very kind to me, very humble, and I know his son well. His work will be alive for a long time. Listen to Let It Be – the Phil Spector version – and Let It Be … Naked. You can hear how different they would have sounded without him – messy and unfocused. It’s the end of an era.”
Mark Ronson also praised Martin’s pop production legacy in the Guardian feature: “I was in a studio last night with a bass in my hand, thinking, ‘What would George do?’ Every day you go in a studio, what he did with the Beatles is hanging over you as a barometer of trying to make a good song an extraordinary one.”