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Tuesday 23 September 2014

The ‘fifth Beatle’ to get Joyce honour

Published 25/09/2008 | 08:35

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AWARD: George Martin (left) Photo: Getty Images

THE fifth Beatle, George Martin, will be recognised by an Irish university for his lifetime contribution to the world of music as a producer and arranger.

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George will be given the James Joyce Award by University College Dublin’s Literary and Historical Society tomorrow.

He joins other world greats honoured by the L&H including Hollywood star Will Ferrell, author JK Rowling, actor Ralph Fiennes, United Nation’s weapons inspector Hans Blix and former South African president FW De Klerk. The award is named after one of the society’s most notable alumni and is presented to individuals who have achieved considerable success in the course of their lives and careers.

Every Taoiseach and President has addressed the society since it began.

Ian Hastings, of the UCD L&H Society, said George was instrumental in providing the world with some of the finest music of our time.

“His work with the Beatles and a host of other artists represents a truly invaluable contribution to music history, and as such is most deserving of the James Joyce Award,’’ he added.

The record producer, music arranger and composer is often referred to as the Fifth Beatle due to his work on the Beatles’ records.

He is also considered one of the greatest record producers of all time and in 1996 was made a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to the music industry and popular culture.

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