George Martin: what they said
The Fifth Beatle: Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and George Martin (also below) at the 'Free as a Bird' sessions"George was the only person who took a chance on us to make a record. Every other label turned us down."
"He'd dealt with navigators and pilots ... he could deal with us when we got out of line."
"He helped us develop a language, to talk to musicians."
"As a producer, he had a sense of that period and the time of the world ... as well as the music."
"I never had anything against George Martin. I just didn't like all the rumours that he actually was the brains behind the Beatles. I can't stand that."