George Martin has passed away at the great age of ninety. He was a record producer, composer, and arranger. But of course he was much more than that to music fans and history. He was not only the producer of the Beatles studio albums but he signed the band to EMI, changed the slow ballad “Please Please Me” into the #1 pop juggernaut we know it today, and launched a revolution. He was the man who, when John Lennon said he wanted “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” to sound like “sawdust”, made it so. How many record producers get knighted for their contribution to the world? Sir George did.
The Beatles came into the studio as raw talent. They were developing songwriting talents that burned but it was Martin that brought it into focus, sharpening their vision and widening their scope and penchant for experimentation. With another producer they may have still succeeded but they would have never scaled the heights they did without him. It was because of George Martin that they changed the way popular music is created and inspired a cultural revolution that is still reverberating today.
I’d post a version of “Good Night” but it’s impossible to find a decent YouTube video of it. So I recommend you pull out your old copy of the White Album and find that track. Sink into that lush bed of strings and remember one of the great gentlemen of rock n’ roll. There will never be another like him.