Sir George Martin, the legendary music producer who shaped the Beatles into the world’s most important pop music force, has died, Ringo Starr announced on Twitter on Wednesday. He was 90.
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
Starr followed the message by posting a photo of the Fab Four with Martin.
Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love xx😎✌️🌟💖 pic.twitter.com/um2hRFB7qF— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
A Universal Music Group spokesman in Los Angeles confirmed Martin’s death but said details were not immediately known.
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 & the Pacemakers, Jeff Beck, America, Cheap Trick and other acts.
He produced jazz, comedy and classical albums before signing the Beatles in 1962. The young band members were rough around the edges, but Martin saw their commercial promise.
Over the coming years, he helped score, arrange, and produce many of the band’s biggest hits, including “Yesterday” and “Love Me Do.” His 1979 autobiography, “All You Need Is Ears,” chronicles his discovery of the Beatles and their creative process.
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.
Here’s how other celebrities from the music world on Twitter reacted to his sudden death:
Sir George Martin RIP LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) March 9, 2016
Every time I record at abbey road I geek out and play with the mics sir George Martin used. What an ear, what a life, what a legacy.— josh groban (@joshgroban) March 9, 2016
PM: Sir George Martin was a giant of music – working with the Fab Four to create the world’s most enduring pop music.— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) 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
Our creative community has lost a gifted artist. We remember Sir George Martin. pic.twitter.com/HuqWMIXae2— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) March 9, 2016
(with inputs from Reuters)