George Martin

George Martin

Real Name:
George Henry Martin
Sir George Martin (3 January 1926 – 8 March 2016). Took to music at an early age, becoming interested in the piano before the age of eight. He was later interested in architecture, design, and aeronautics, and ended up becoming a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm (the aviation branch of the Royal Navy) towards the end of World War II.

He returned to music, attending the Guildhall School of Music, studying composition, conducting, orchestration, and theory, and taking up the oboe as a second principal instrument. He got into the music industry as assistant to Oscar Preuss, the head of the Parlophone label, at a period when the label was in transition from second-rate classical recordings to "pop" music. At the same time, the world of music recording was transitioning from 78s to LPs and 45s, with magnetic tape making changes in the recording process. When Preuss retired in 1955, Martin took over Parlophone, and at 29 was the youngest label chief in the company's history.

As a producer, George Martin's first number one hit in the U.K. was the Temperence Seven's "You're Driving Me Crazy" in 1961. Martin moved Parlophone into the world of rock & roll with the Vipers Skiffle Group, whose second single, "Don't You Rock Me, Daddy-O," was a Top Ten hit. Then in the spring of 1962, Martin happened to interview Brian Epstein, a Liverpool-based manager, about a quartet known as The Beatles. That summer, they were signed to Parlophone. Over the following years, Martin would help to shape The Beatles, getting credit from some as being the "fifth Beatle" for his work with the band. In 1963, records produced by Martin spent 37 weeks at the number one spot on the U.K. charts. But two years later, Martin split from Parlophone, due to the small producer's royalty which had not increased during the explosive growth of the label, to form AIR (Associated Independent Recording). This production company was headed by Martin and two other producers who came from EMI, Parlophone's parent label.

The Beatles were produced by George Martin through 1969's Abbey Road, and it wasn't until The Beatles broke up that Martin was completely free from his ties to EMI. In the 1970s, he produced a wide variety of artists and bands, from America and Jimmy Webb to Jeff Beck and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. He continued to work with an array of artists, many of whom received critical acclaim.

On June 15th, 1996, George Martin was knighted for his production work over the decades, especially with The Beatles. On October 20, 1998, In My Life was released, and Sir George Martin took a bow from the music business. His last album was a collection of Beatles songs he originally produced, recreated by a variety of well-known artists. He briefly came out of retirement in 2005, and with the aid of his son, Giles Martin, he compiled clips and songs for the Beatles' and Cirque Du Solei's LOVE project and remix album.

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 (Non-Performer).

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NOTE: Please use George Martin for credits, not Sir George Martin, as he was knighted after the vast majority of his work was done.
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George Martin Discography


George Martin George Martin Scores (Album) United Artists Records Canada 1965 Sell This Version
George Martin George Martin Instrumentaly Salutes The Beatle Girls (Album) United Artists Records France 1966 Sell This Version
4003 George Martin Marsch - Panorama(LP, Album, HI-) Pipe (2) 4003 Belgium 1971 Sell This Version
George Martin Beatles To Bond And Bach (Album) Polydor UK 1974 Sell This Version
UA-LA 100-G George Martin, Various George Martin, Various - Live And Let Die (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album, RP, Gat) United Artists Records UA-LA 100-G US 1977 Sell This Version
INT 161.526 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Martin*, Schaefer* Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Martin*, Schaefer* - Das Grosse Beatles Klavierkonzert(LP, Album) Aves INT 161.526 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
JICK-89151 George Martin Plays The Beatles(CD, Album) Jimco Records JICK-89151 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
RNB1 George Martin Interview - The Beatles Red And Blue Albums On CD(CD, MiniAlbum, Promo) EMI RNB1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
George Martin In My Life (Album) MCA Records Japan 1998 Sell This Version
459 692-2 Göran Söllscher, George Martin, Per Arne Glorvigen Göran Söllscher, George Martin, Per Arne Glorvigen - From Yesterday To Penny Lane(CD, Album) Deutsche Grammophon 459 692-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
3781 George Martin, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra George Martin, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Sir George Martin Presents Beethoven(CD, Album) Compendia 3781 US 2002 Sell This Version
3783 Sir George Martin* Sir George Martin Presents Mozart(CD-ROM, Album, Enh) Compendia Music Group 3783 US 2002 Sell This Version
3785 Sir George Martin* Sir George Martin Presents Holst And Vaughan Williams(CD-ROM, Album, Enh) Compendia Music Group 3785 US 2002 Sell This Version
0904351823 George Martin & Various George Martin & Various - Playback(CD, Ltd, Box) Genesis Publications 0904351823 UK 2003 Sell This Version
BB 23.179 George Martin And The International Sounds Ltd. George Martin And The International Sounds Ltd. - The Poetry Of Pop(LP, Album, RE) Acanta BB 23.179 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

George Martin And His Orchestra, George Martin George Martin And His Orchestra, George Martin - Music From The Film A Hard Day's Night (EP) Parlophone UK & Ireland 1964 Sell This Version
UA 50,148 George Martin Love In The Open Air / Bahama Sound(7", Single, Promo) United Artists Records UA 50,148 US 1967 Sell This Version
UP 35423 George Martin Theme From Pulp(7", Mono, Promo) United Artists Records UP 35423 UK 1972 Sell This Version
P 3007 George Martin Poker Face(7") Pipe (2) P 3007 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version


GMCD001 George Martin The World's Number 1 Producer(CD, EP, Comp, Ltd) EMI Records Ltd. GMCD001 UK 1998 Sell This Version
07243 5326312 6 George Martin Produced By George Martin 50 Years In Recording(6xCD, Album, Comp, lon) Parlophone 07243 5326312 6 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
NOT2CD561 George Martin The Early Works Of George Martin(2xCD, Comp, Sli) Not Now Music NOT2CD561 Europe 2014 Sell This Version


PR 2373-2 George Martin And Andy Leek George Martin And Andy Leek - Say Something(CD, Promo) Atlantic PR 2373-2 US 1988 Sell This Version