George Martin's Death: Celebs, Music Industry, World Leaders React on Social Media

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George Martin photographed in 1979. 

George Martin, the British producer whose wizardry in the studio helped propel the Beatles to "immortal" status, has died at the age of 90. 

George Martin, Producer and Arranger for The Beatles, Dies at 90

Martin, a producer, executive, arranger, musician and British knight was behind a whopping 23 No. 1 singles in the U.S. and 30 in the U.K. He was knighted in 1996 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ringo Starr, drummer with the Fab Four, was one of the first to pay tribute to Martin. Many more artists, creators and business leaders have taken to social media to remember the music man who shaped some of the world's most famous recordings.

In a statement given to Rolling Stone, producer Rick Rubin says, “George was the zenith of the mountaintop. He continues to be the inspiration for those of us striving to make timeless music. And he was as tasteful and fine of a man as he was an arranger and producer. The best of all time.” 

James Bay says, "Their aren't many others who have achieved as much in music or given as much to music as George Martin. He'll be forever remembered as a true master of his craft and one of the all time greats."

British Prime Minister David Cameron released a statement Wednesday calling him "a giant of music."

Abbey Road Studios released the following statement: "Abbey Road Studios wish to express their deepest condolences to the Martin family on hearing the sad news that Sir George passed away yesterday, aged 90. Sir George transformed music recording with his creative flair, innovation and passion and we want to express our deep sadness at losing such an immensely talented, charming and warm man. We are committed to ensuring Sir George's visionary legacy lives forever at Abbey Road Studios, and we are hugely honoured to be part of his story."

Cage the Elephant's Brad Schultz says, "In my opinion, George Martin is the greatest producer in the history of rock n' roll and is the only person worthy of the title 'The 5th Beatle'."

Lucian Grange, Universal Music CEO, released a statement on Martin's passing: 

"Yesterday the world lost one of its most creative and influential talents, Sir George Martin. A producer with few peers in a career spanning 60 years, George discovered and developed some of the world’s greatest artists, sent dozens of songs to the top of the charts, won six Grammys and achieved No. 1 hit records in four consecutive decades.

Simply listing his achievements undersells what George actually accomplished in his 90 years of life. Having taught himself piano as a young boy, he went on to study classical oboe and, as a young man, produced classical, pop and comedy albums. In fact, he signed one unknown band not only for their intriguing (albeit undeveloped) vocals, but also because their witty wordplay at the audition made him laugh. And with George’s sharp guidance and soulful orchestration, that group – The Beatles – soon took the world by storm.

I think that says a lot about George. Not only that he had a keen sense of where music was headed.  Not only that he had deep artistic talent in his own right. But that he was also quick to laugh, play and embrace life’s greatest possibilities. Over the years, whether he was producing classical, pop, jazz, TV, comedy, film or live performances, George never lost that spirit, and through his work, he brought so much joy to so many people.

So even as we mourn his passing, may we all draw inspiration from his life. George’s music – and his memory – live on, not just as part of the foundation of Universal Music, but of contemporary culture around the world."

ELO frontman Jeff Lynne: "George Martin was a big hero of mine, my favourite record producer. There were millions of questions I would have liked to ask him. It's so sad that I won't get to ask them now. I only met him a few times and I was always in awe of him. His productions were brilliant. He created his own sound."


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