George Martin, legendary 'Beatles' producer, dies at 90

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Obituary: Sir George Martin

The legendary Beatles record producer Sir George Martin has died at 90, according to a message on Twitter by Ringo Starr.

"God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed," Starr wrote on Twitter Tuesday evening.

Martin signed the band from Liverpool, England to a record contract with EMI's Parlophone Records in 1962, after many other labels had turned them down. An indispensable presence in the studio, he went on to produce almost every Beatles song, becoming known as the "Fifth Beatle."

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Martin helped the Beatles progress dramatically in just a few years, arranging their music and allowing them to become more sophisticated and adventurous musically. His works with the group include "Yesterday," to which he suggested adding a string quartet; "Eleanor Rigby," on which he arranged and conducted strings inspired by Bernard Herrmann's "Psycho" score; and "A Day in the Life," the epic song that ended the epochal "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

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The Beatles perform in Liverpool's Cavern Club, with Pete Best on drums, 1962. Best was fired from the group that same year, and replaced with Ringo Starr. (Photo by Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty Images)
1963: Rock and roll band 'The Beatles' pose for a portrait in 1963. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Paul McCartney, left, and John Lennon, two members of the Beatles pop group during a concert in London, on Nov. 11, 1963. (AP Photo/N)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 7: The Beatles arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport, February 7, 1964. At top is Ringo Starr, middle row is John Lennon and Paul McCartney, lower level is George Harrison and unidentified flight attendant. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 9: The Beatles prepare for their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in New York, February 9, 1964. From left to right, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr (in background, on drums), George Harrison, John Lennon. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
The Beatles, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and John Lennon, have their hair combed by stylists on the set of their first movie production, "A Hard Day's Night," at Twickenham Film Studios in Middlesex, outside London, England, on March 12, 1964. The hair stylists, who have parts in the film, are, from left, Patti Boyd, 19, Tina Williams, 17, Pru Bury, 22, and Susan Whitman, 17. (AP Photo)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 16: The Beatles at Shea Stadium. Our Mets have displayed their antic behavior before some good crowds at Shea Stadium but last night's turnaway mob of shrieking teeners tested the solidity of the ballpark as they flocked to see Britain's moptop quartet in concert. Scores were injured in the crush or overcome by the humid heat but luckily no one required hospitalization. (Photo by Dan Farrell/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
The Beatles, from left, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, are shown in the water in Nassau, Bahamas, during filming of "Help!" in Feb. 1965. (AP Photo)
UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 12: PLYMOUTH HOE Photo of MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR and BEATLES, L-R: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr - posed, group shot - during Magical Mystery Tour. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
24th June 1967: British pop group The Beatles holding banners proclaiming 'All You Need Is Love' in four languages, in preparation for a global television performance of their song of the same name. (Photo by Doug McKenzie/Getty Images)
The Beatles are pictured as they attend a lecture given by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the international Meditation society on Transcendental Meditation at the university College in Bangor, Wales, Great Britain to participate in the weekend of meditation, August 27, 1967. The Beatles decided to attend the lecture in Bangor after hearing the Yogi at the Hilton Hotel in London last weekend. From left: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. (AP Photo)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Paul MAC CARTNEY, George HARRISON, Ringo STARR and in front John LENNON interpreting the song I'M THE WALRUS disguised as animals, in a scene from the film MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
British musican and artist John Lennon (1940 - 1980) holds Japanese-born artist and musician Yoko Ono in his arms, December 1968. (Photo by Susan Wood/Getty Images)
The four members of the British group the BEATLES posing together on August 2, 1967. At that time they stopped their concerts, wore the moustache and announced their separation despite their last album to come, ABBEY ROAD in 1970. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
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He also played the signature piano solo on "In My Life," and introduced the band (particularly John Lennon) to experimenting with backwards tapes, which they did with abandon in the latter half of the 1960s.

Martin produced every Beatles album except the band's final one, "Let It Be," which features widely-derided production by Phil Spector.

With 30 number 1 hit singles in the U.K. and 23 in the U.S., Martin is considered one of the greatest and most influential record producers of all time. In recognition of his services to the music industry, he was made a Knight Bachelor in 1996 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Born in Highbury, London, Martin taught himself how to play the piano as a child before joining the Royal Navy. Upon leaving the service in 1947, he attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on a government grant, where he learned composition, orchestration and mastered the oboe.

He went on to work for the BBC's classical music department, then joined EMI in 1950 and took over Parlophone when Oscar Preuss retired in 1955.

Along with countless hit records throughout his six-decade career, Martin also produced comedy and novelty records in the early 1950s, working with Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan. (Those comedy records were beloved by the Beatles, giving Martin instant credibility with the band.)

He arranged the score for the Beatles' film "Yellow Submarine" and the James Bond movie "Live and Let Die," for which Paul McCartney wrote and sang the title track.

More recently, George and his son, Giles Martin, partnered with Cirque du Soleil to remix Beatles music for the Las Vegas stage performance of "Love."

Martin is survived by his children Giles, Alexis, Gregory and Lucy.

See the tweets from Starr and John Lennon's son, Sean, below.

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January 1 -- Former U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., seen here in 2006, passed away at the age of 90. Bumpers' signature moment on the national stage came in 1999, just weeks after leaving the Senate, when he defended Pres. Bill Clinton — who had worked for a challenger's 1974 campaign — before the U.S. Senate during his impeachment trial.

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January 4 -- Robert Stigwood, manager of the Bee Gees and Cream.

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January 4 -- Country singer Craig Strickland was found dead at age 29 from hypothermia.

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January 6 -- Pat Harrington, Jr., actor in 'One Day at a Time,' died at 86 from complications from Alzheimer's disease.

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January 11 -- Singer David Bowie died after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69.

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January 14 -- Actor Alan Rickman, popular for playing Professor Snape in the 'Harry Potter' films, died at 69 after battling cancer.

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January 18 -- Glenn Frey, founding member of The Eagles, died at age 67 due to complications from multiple ailments.

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January 29 -- Paul Kantner, guitarist, vocalist and founding member of the band Jefferson Airplane, passed away at age 74 of multiple organ failure following a heart attack.

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February 2 -- Jibri Bryan, #34, of the Mercer Bears was killed in a shooting at age 23.

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February 4 -- Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, died from the effects of Parkinson's disease at age 74.

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February 4 -- Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, the sixth person to walk on the moon, passed away at 85 under hospice care.

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February 13 -- United States Supreme Court justice, Antonin Scalia.

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February 19 -- Author of the beloved novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

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March 9 -- Beatles producer Sir George Martin passed away at age 90, as announced by Ringo Starr on Twitter.

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March 16 -- Singer Frank Sinatra Jr.

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March 24 -- Comedian Garry Shandling at age 66. 

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March 29 -- Oscar winning actress Patty Duke, at the age of 69.

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