Paul McCartney pays tribute to 'second father' after Beatles producer George Martin dies aged 90
Sir George Martin, the record producer known as the Fifth Beatle, has died peacefully at his home, his manager has confirmed.
The 90-year-old helped The Beatles achieve global success as the head of the Parlophone record label after hearing their demo tape in 1962.
His manager Adam Sharp paid tribute to him as "a true gentleman to the end".
In a statement Mr Sharp said: "The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support.
God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed xxx ☮— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
"In a career that spanned seven decades he was an inspiration to many and is recognised globally as one of music's most creative talents. He was a true gentleman to the end.
"The family ask that their privacy be respected at this time."
Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love xx pic.twitter.com/um2hRFB7qF— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
Sir Paul McCartney has paid tribute to Sir George calling him a "true gentleman and like a second father to me".
In a statement on his website, he said, "I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever.
Also we say farewell to the great George Martin. Sad day.— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) March 9, 2016
Thank You, Mr Martin..— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) March 9, 2016
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George Martin, ,#TheFifthBeatle passed away. So sad. You did your share in making life happier by producing some of the greatest music ever— Jim (@Jimparedes) March 9, 2016
Sir George Martin - the 5th Beatle - has died aged 90 (Universal Music has now confirmed)— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) March 9, 2016
It wasn't merely the Beatles' good fortune to meet George Martin, who sharpened them up rather than dumbing them down. It was ours too.— David Hepworth (@davidhepworth) March 9, 2016
Every time I record at abbey road I geek out and play with the mics sir George Martin used. What an ear, what a life, what a legacy.— josh groban (@joshgroban) March 9, 2016
One of the most crucially important figures in popular music, and the definition of a gent. George Martin R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/QkP3QbM8Ce— Paul McLoone (@PMcLoone) March 9, 2016
"He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George.
"From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I've ever had the pleasure to know."
Ringo Starr, 75, paid tribute to Sir George for his "love and kindness" to the Fab Four through the years.
Ringo tweeted: "God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara. George will be missed."
He captioned a picture of the Fab Four and Sir George with the phrase: "Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love."
Sir George studied at Guildhall School of Music and played the oboe professionally in London before joining the recording industry.
Over his career, he was awarded two Ivor Novello awards, six Grammys and in 2008 was the recipient of the Grammy Foundation's Leadership Award.
In 1965 he was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the music in A Hard Day's Night and in 1984 he received the Brit award for outstanding contribution to music, having been named best British producer at the first Brit awards in 1977.
In 2012, the BBC filmed a documentary about his life, Produced By George Martin.
Up until his death, he continued to write music, work with charities and advise broadcasters, according to the website for the independent music publisher he set up in 1969.
His son Giles is also a producer who has worked at Abbey Road studios, where Sir George helped the Beatles perform the world's first live global broadcast.
Tributes for Sir George flooded in from within and outside the music industry.
Sean Ono Lennon, son of John and Yoko, posted a picture of Sir George on Instagram with the caption: "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."
Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "Sir George Martin was a giant of music - working with the Fab Four to create the world's most enduring pop music."
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