Every so often news hits the press that sends a shockwave through fans and followers. News that brings light to the careers and accomplishments of the individuals that make the world turn. The individuals whose talent spans decades and without thought my go unnoticed. It is with a sullen hand that we report the death of Sir George Martin. But, rather than talk about the details of death, let’s look at the highlights and things you might have never known of a man who brought us one of the greatest musical acts of a generation near lost.

Music was not Martin’s first career choice

Though Martin picked up the piano as a young boy, he did not pursue a career in music for some time. Martin joined the Royal Navy in 1943 and became an aerial observer before leaving the service in 1947. It was until after, that Martin used his Veteran’s Grant, he enrolled in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Turning EMI around

After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Martin began his career with EMI as the assistant to the head of EMI’s Parlophone Records; a division noted for EMI’s less significant acts. After taking over Parlophone in 1955, Martin added more acts and genres to the Parlophone repertoire, taking Parlophone from abysmal to successful.

The Fifth Beatle

Being turned down by other record labels, Brian Epstein scored a meeting with Martin in 1962 where he listened to a recording of The Beatles. Unpleased with their overall sound, Martin agreed to meet with the group in following months at Abbey Road Studios. After spending a brief time with the group, Martin agreed to sign The Beatles under EMI and record their first single “Love Me Do” (original music).

Martin, George Martin

One of the notable aspects of any James Bond film is the extravagant opening score that plays through the full-length track. Sir George Martin is credited with two of the Bond Series’ more popular films, “Goldfinger” and “Live and Let Die”.

Sir George Martin taking hits

Over a career that spanned nearly seven decades, Sir George Martin is responsible for producing 30 No. 1 hits in the U.K. and 23 No 1. hits in the U.S. His most notable work includes every album recording by The Beatles, All Shook Up (Cheap Trick), “Candle in the Wind” (Elton John), Wired (Jeff Beck), “Here, There and Everywhere” (Celine Dion) and other various artists.

At times like these, we reflect on the accolades of an illustrious career. To think of what might have been should Martin seen battle during his time in the Royal Navy, or if he had not received the call introducing him to Brian Epstein. We tip our hats to you, Sir George Martin.

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