Sir George Martin, Ahmet Ertegun to Be Inducted Into Music Biz Hall of Fame

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George Martin

Legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin will be inducted into the Music Business Hall of Fame during the 61st annual Music Business Association (Music Biz) conference on May 7 in Nashville. The late luminary, who produced a record 23 No. 1 hits on the Hot 100, will be inducted by his son, Giles Martin.   

Music Biz launched its Hall of Fame last year, inducting Tower Records founder Russ Solomon. It aims to celebrate the achievements of industry executives, companies, media, venues, institutions and others who have made significant contributions to the music business. 

In addition to Martin, this year’s Hall ceremony will recognize major labels Atlantic Records and Capitol Records; indie label Sub Pop; industry execs Ahmet Ertegun, Herb Abramson and Miriam Abramson; music industry landmarks the Apollo Theatre, CBGB, Hitsville U.S.A., Sun Studio, and the Troubadour; and Rolling Stone magazine.

"With the introduction of the Hall of Fame at last year’s Music Biz Conference, we sought to recognize the inspiration of those industry stalwarts who came before us and laid the groundwork for the vibrant industry we are now a part of," said Music Biz President James Donio. "We believe the slate of inductees who will be honored at this year’s ceremony represent the gamut of some of the most influential names in our industry’s history. And, we are especially thrilled to welcome Giles to this year’s celebration as we honor his father’s legacy."

The Music Biz 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner will take place as part of Music Biz’s Annual Conference on Tuesday, May 7 at the JW Marriott Nashville.