Wednesday 18 October 2017

'A man whose every sonic brushstroke I eagerly devoured'

George Martin (in background far right) looks on as the Beatles pose for photographs in 1967 Photo: PA
George Martin (in background far right) looks on as the Beatles pose for photographs in 1967 Photo: PA

Eamon Carr

He was like a genial uncle to a generation who grew up with the music of The Beatles and the beat music of the sixties.

He'd been the man who'd spotted something charismatic about the Liverpool mop-tops in the summer of 1962 when every other label had turned them down. Although he admitted to knowing almost nothing about beat groups, The Beatles liked him because he'd worked with surreal comedy group The Goons.

When George said he'd just recorded The Beatles, someone assumed it was Spike Milligan using a silly name. George put them right, saying, "This is a great group, we're going to hear a lot from them."

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