George Martin

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1/3/1926, Holloway, London, England, UK

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  • George Martin was an accomplished composer and musician - and a world-class producer. He will always be remembered as the man who gave The Beatles their big break and shepherded their career - guiding John, Paul and George as they grew as songwriters. George even played with the band on more than a few of their early records and later scored almost every recording that had outside accompaniment. Many people called themselves "the fifth Beatle", but only one man can truly claim that distinction : Sir George Martin.

    Birth Name:

    George Henry Martin



    Birth Place:

    Holloway, London, England, UK

    Also Known As

    Sir George Martin, Ray Cathode, Graham Fisher

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    • George Martin: Of all the arts, music is the most sublime, and touches the heart of every human being.

    • George Martin: Money is like love. It's only important if you don't have it.

    • George Martin: One day six years ago, I opened an envelope which bore the marking of the prime minister. It said: "It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been recommended to be appointed a knight by Her Majesty the Queen. If you wish to accept this honor, please let us know by filling in the enclosed form. You will not hear from us again." I went white and said, "Bloody hell!" My wife thought something awful had happened. I couldn't speak, so I gave the letter to her. She read it, went white, and said, "Bloody hell!" We went to Buckingham Palace, and the Queen got her sword out and tried not to cut my head off.

    • George Martin: The only thing I yearn for is recordings that are more spontaneous. Today everything is so clinically controlled, and everything is so meticulously accurate … This worries me because I think the heart is going, and I'd like to get back to humanity and mistakes.

    • George Martin: If I think of a very good idea, I don't trumpet it and say: "This is what we should do, fellas!" I say, "What do you think?" And the musician starts to think. And after a while, you get the musician to think that he actually came up with the idea.

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    • Sir George Henry Martin, Kt., C.B.E. was celebrated as the "indispensable" "Fifth Beatle" by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it inducted him on March 15, 1999. When the U.K. Music Hall of Fame welcomed him (November 14, 2006), he was cited for his outstanding contribution to British music and for being an integral part of British culture.

    • Various Awards and Accomplishments of Note: In his career, George Martin produced a record-breaking 30 #1 singles and 16 #1 albums in the U.K., as well as 22 #1 singles and 19 #1 albums in North America . He a Fellow of the British Royal Academy of Music and has been awarded two Ivor Novello Awards and seven Grammy Awards. He was given the James Joyce Award by the Literary and Historical Society of the University College Dublin (2008). He has also been honored with a Gold Medal for "Services to the Arts" from the World Federation of Authors and Composers, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for "Services to Film" at Belgium's Flanders Film Festival. He was named the British Phonographic Industry's Man of the Year (1998) after previously winning their award for "Outstanding Contribution" (1984). He has received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Leeds Metropolitan University (2006), an Honorary Degree of Master of Arts from Salford University, England (1992), and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston (1988).

    • George Martin' s Grammy Awards: 2007 - Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media, producer (with son Giles) for The Beatles album Love 2007 - Best Surround Sound Album, producer (with Giles) for The Beatles album Love 1996 - Trustees Special Merit Award for significant contribution, other than performance 1993 - Best Musical Show Album (as producer of The Who's Tommy) 1973 - Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) (as arranger of Live and Let Die) 1967 - Album Of The Year (as producer of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) 1967 - Best Contemporary Album (producer, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) NOTE : There is disagreement concerning Grammy totals as some don't consider "Lifetime Achievement" and "Trustees" awards to be true Grammy's because they are not "specific performance" awards. Although the Grammy site lists these awards, it's own press releases don't seem to count them as "Grammy's" : "The Grammy Foundation's annual signature gala Starry Night (July 12, 2008) will honor Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient, six-time Grammy winner and legendary producer, arranger, composer and author Sir George Martin".

    • George Martin has been responsible for the music in many films : A Hard Day's Night (Academy Award nomination), Yellow Submarine, John Schlesinger's Honky Tonk Freeway, The Family Way (with Paul McCartney), Pulp (with Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney), Optimist of Nine Elms (with Peter Sellers) and the Bond film Live and Let Die (for which he won a Grammy). Martin was also Musical Director and Composer for Sgt. Pepper (starring the The Bee Gees), Give My Regards to Broad Street (McCartney) and the award-winning cartoon Rupert and The Frog Song (McCartney). George also composed The David Frost Theme, By George, for television and Theme One, BBC Radio One's signature tune.

    • George Martin has written two books and edited a third: All You Need is Ears - detailing his early career in the music business Summer of Love (With A Little Help From My Friends) - recalls and explains, track by track, the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Making Music - a series of essays by various artists on ideas, techniques and experiences of writing, performing and recording music (edited by George Martin)

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