Bye bye, fifth Beatle.
At 90 years old, the famed producer, executive, arranger and British Knight George Martin has died. He was 90.
As head of EMI’s Parlophone Records, which then concentrated on jazz and comedy, Martin met Beatles manager Brian Epstein in February 1962. Every other British label had passed on signing the foursome — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best.
Martin received an Academy Award nomination for best music, scoring of music, adaptation or treatment for The Beatles’ 1964 classic film A Hard Day’s Night, and arranged the score for their 1968 animated movie Yellow Submarine; and scored, with Paul and Linda McCartney, the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die. He also worked on Crooks Anonymous (1962), The Family Way (1966) and Pulp (1972).
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr shared the news on Twitter, writing “Peace and love… George will be missed.” Details of Martin’s death are not yet clear, but we’ll definitely keep you posted. For now, do some mourning with this little photo gallery.