Beatles producer Sir George Martin has died aged 90, band drummer Ringo Starr has announced on Twitter.
Starr said “Gold bless George Martin” and “George, peace and love.”
A Universal Music Group spokesman in Los Angeles confirmed Martin’s death but said details were not immediately known.
Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love xx😎✌️🌟💖 pic.twitter.com/um2hRFB7qF— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed xxx 😎✌️🌟💖☮— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
Martin: The ‘fifth Beatle’
Martin was referred to as the “fifth Beatle” and served as producer, collaborator and mentor to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
During his six-decade career in the music industry, Martin produced almost all of the Beatles’ recordings and also worked with Gerry and the Pacemakers, Jeff Beck, America, Cheap Trick and other acts.
Most successful producer ever
Martin was knighted in 1996. In 2006, working with his son, Giles Martin, he helped develop the Beatles-inspired Cirque du Soleil show “Love” in Las Vegas, which went on to reap his two most recent Grammys.
Martin was named by Guinness World Records as the most successful producer ever, with more than 50 No.1 hit records over five decades in the United States and Great Britain alone.
Social media reaction
R.I.P. George Martin. I'm so gutted I don't have many words. Thinking of Judy and Giles and… https://t.co/3Nc8sCgRpN— Sean Ono Lennon (@seanonolennon) March 9, 2016
Sir George Martin RIP LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) March 9, 2016
Sir George Martin was a giant of music – working with the Fab Four to create the world's most enduring pop music.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 9, 2016
RIP to my musical brother George Martin. We were friends since 1964, & I am so thankful 4 that gift. Bless u & your precious posse 4ever.❤️Q— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) March 9, 2016
Our creative community has lost a gifted artist. We remember Sir George Martin. pic.twitter.com/HuqWMIXae2— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) March 9, 2016
Sir George Martin. Gentleman and legend. R.I.P.— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) March 9, 2016
Thank you Sir George Martin: the greatest British record producer of all time. We will never stop living in the world you helped create.— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) March 9, 2016