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Sir George Martin CBE RIP
11 March 2016
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Ten producers (Mark Ronson, Arthur Baker, Stuart Price, Paul Epworth, Trevor Horn, Bernard Butler, Jeff Lynne, Daniel Miller, Butch Vig and Nigel Godrich) reflect on Sir George's influence on them and what they do.

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11 March 2016
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People usually mention George Martin's influence as producer, but I've always really dug his harpsichord solo which he wrote and played in "In My Life " (begins at about 1:28) -- it's impeccable, down to every last note & flourish.

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Ringo posted this nice video on Facebook yesterday.

We have created a beautiful tribute reel of 3-mins with many of the artists and producers from the upcoming international "Soundbreaking" series talking about Sir George. P&L R***

Posted by Ringo Starr on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Description: "We have created a beautiful tribute reel of 3-mins with many of the artists and producers from the series talking about Sir George."

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Wow, putting The End right there caught me off guard a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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Wow, I'm pretty surprised how this just occurred Out Of The Blue . RIP George Martin, you will be missed george-martinheart

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ewe2 said

Wow, putting The End right there caught me off guard a-hard-days-night-paul-10

Very fitting, methinks. It grabs you. Others, you are now properly warned. Have a tissue ready.

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Ahhh Girl murmured

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Wow, putting The End right there caught me off guard a-hard-days-night-paul-10

Very fitting, methinks. It grabs you. Others, you are now properly warned. Have a tissue ready.

Yip. a-hard-days-night-paul-10  

It verges from the sublime to the ridiculote

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Take a look at the second entry in this list, @Pineapple Records.

The 10 Oddest Things John Lennon Asked George Martin to Do for Beatles Albums

How many of these things that John asked of George Martin did any of you already know?

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Ahhh Girl said
Take a look at the second entry in this list, @Pineapple Records.

The 10 Oddest Things John Lennon Asked George Martin to Do for Beatles Albums

How many of these things that John asked of George Martin did any of you already know?

Thanks Ahhh Girl -- lots of interesting details I never knew about.  I didn't know that the solo Martin wrote and played for "In My Life " was actually on a piano, played slower at half speed, then sped up on tape so it sounds like a harpsichord.

 

Also more broadly, there are a lot of indications from those descriptions that George Martin contributed much more to some of the songs than I ever knew -- particularly "I Am The Walrus " and "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite".  The descriptions imply that John said something like "just create something vaguely like this, something to do with these vague feelings and images I have. you know what to do" -- and Martin went off and applied his own time and creativity to doing just that.  If it were only a matter of small things, it wouldn't be that impressive, but with the two aforementioned songs, it sounds like the aural ambiance which Martin created were crucial elements of them.  It's possible that he was, in effect, co-writer of at least those songs (if not many others).

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How many of these things that John asked of George Martin did any of you already know?

Is it bad that I did? John was so weird about his voice, I swear he'd have put a jack in his neck if it were possible. I think my favourite thing is George's invention of flange to explain ADT to John who then made that the term for it. All because John didn't want to sing twice.

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Ahhh Girl said

The 10 Oddest Things John Lennon Asked George Martin to Do for Beatles Albums

How many of these things that John asked of George Martin did any of you already know?

About 8. a-hard-days-night-john-1

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Ahhh Girl said
Take a look at the second entry in this list, @Pineapple Records.

The 10 Oddest Things John Lennon Asked George Martin to Do for Beatles Albums

How many of these things that John asked of George Martin did any of you already know?

I knew most of those, this is my favorite quotes

"John came up to the control room one day and asked if we could possibly inject his voice directly into the console,” engineer Geoff Emerick said, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. "George replied, ‘Yes, if you go and have an operation. It means sticking a jack-plug into your neck!'"  

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Philip Norman's reflections on George Martin. http://www.theguardian.com/mus.....an-beatles

Something I didn't know already:

In 1963 Martin had a UK No 1 single for 37 weeks out of 52, yet was still on his EMI salary of £3,000 a year. To add insult to injury, a recent minor pay-rise disqualified him from that year’s staff Christmas bonus.

Here's an interesting observation (from Norman's first meeting with GM in 1979):

Martin by then was long past his Beatle-producing days – with him, unlike them, there were no lasting scars –

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Flowers for George Martin left by fans on the fence at Abbey Road Studios.

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A round-up of some yesterday's tributes.

Martin Lewis (British-born, Hollywood-based humorist, commentator, producer and radio host) who worked with Sir George over the years wrote of his memories of him in a piece for Huffington Post.

Beatles Examiner rounded some of many tributes paid by friends and celebrities.

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Sir George Martin's funeral was held yesterday at All Saints Church in Coleshill, Wiltshire, and was a private ceremony attended by a small amount of close friends and family members.

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