Wednesday, March 9, 2016

George Martin (1926-2016)

George Martin, the courtly, classically trained record producer widely rated as instrumental in creating the sound of The Beatles, especially in the group’s “Revolver”-to-“Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” creative heyday, has died at 90.

Among Martin’s most signal contributions was the addition of a string quartet to Paul McCartney’s voice and guitar in “Yesterday,” an idea that McCartney initially resisted but now acknowledges was “so correct.”

Martin’s productions with The Beatles are “a compact body of work that adds up to less than 10 hours of music but that revolutionized the popular music world,” Allan Kozinn writes in an obituary for The New York Times: