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Beatles producer Sir George Martin dies aged 90

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Beatles producer Sir George Martin dies aged 90

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.

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.

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