💔 SIR GEORGE MARTIN

  1. Is indirectly a very important part of my life, and I'm sad to know he's gone. He was a brilliant man.
  2. Being the producer of The Beatles' music, he turned the ideas from the minds of Paul, John, George, and Ringo into the songs that they are today.
  3. The Beatles are very important to me.
    Music is something my dad and I have always bonded over, and The Beatles are a big part of that. There's not a period of time where their music was not in my life and/or ears. My dad is a huge Beatles fan. One of my favorite earliest memories is listening to Love Me Do (a favorite as a kid), singing, running around the house, dancing and jumping on my parents' bed for the last chorus with my brother. Their albums were constantly spinning in my childhood home.
  4. I remember watching over and over a documentary called The Making of Sgt. Pepper. It goes through each track on the Sgt. Pepper album. I have a clear recollection of much of it because I watched it so often. I remember being fascinated in particular with the parts where Sir George discussed his contributions to the songs.
    I especially loved when he was discussing, playing, and separating for us the layers of the title track. I was fascinated with everything he did with his hands on the mixing board/piano, with the way he spoke, and with all that he said.
  5. Then came Lucy in the Sky...
    Ahh, George talking about the opening phrase and playing it on the piano. So beautiful. Made it one of my favorites hearing it like that. ❤️ And he then discussed John's single-note melody. I was really amazed that I didn't realize the simplicity of the melody after watching it later, at the beginning of my music theory days later in high school.
  6. I recall George always discussing the beautiful ease of the melodies brought to him.
    And he was able to add such depth through harmony and orchestration. It's so amazing the great teamwork of the five of them. His ability to collaborate and advise as a music producer with those four was brilliant.
  7. I need to rewatch this now...
    And I can't even begin on his guidance of pre-Pepper, or his collaboration on post-Pepper... and his Love arrangements, which he worked on with his son Giles.
  8. Update: A Day in the Life...
  9. I will end this with Paul's beautiful words:
  10. "I’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family.
    If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.
  11. "It’s hard to choose favourite memories of my time with George, there are so many but one that comes to mind was the time I brought the song 'Yesterday’ to a recording session and the guys in the band suggested that I sang it solo and accompany myself on guitar.
    After I had done this George Martin said to me, "Paul I have an idea of putting a string quartet on the record". I said, “Oh no George, we are a rock and roll band and I don’t think it’s a good idea”. With the gentle bedside manner of a great producer he said to me, "Let us try it and if it doesn’t work we won’t use it and we’ll go with your solo version". I agreed to this and went round to his house the next day to work on the arrangement.
  12. "He took my chords that I showed him and spread the notes out across the piano, putting the cello in the low octave and the first violin in a high octave and gave me my first lesson in how strings were voiced for a quartet.
    When we recorded the string quartet at Abbey Road, it was so thrilling to know his idea was so correct that I went round telling people about it for weeks. His idea obviously worked because the song subsequently became one of the most recorded songs ever with versions by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and thousands more.
  13. "This is just one of the many memories I have of George who went on to help me with arrangements on 'Eleanor Rigby', 'Live and Let Die' and many other songs of mine.
    I am proud to have known such a fine gentleman with such a keen sense of humour, who had the ability to poke fun at himself. Even when he was Knighted by the Queen there was never the slightest trace of snobbery about him.
  14. "My family and I, to whom he was a dear friend, will miss him greatly and send our love to his wife Judy and their kids Giles and Lucy, and the grandkids.
    The world has lost a truly great man who left an indelible mark on my soul and the history of British music. God bless you George and all who sail in you!"
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