George Martin

George Martin

- Retrieved: 21 September 2007 ]

Martin also worked with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Gary Glitter. He worked with Glitter before he was famous, and recorded several songs with him in the 1960s under the name of "Paul Raven". He also produced the 1974 album "The Man In The Bowler Hat" for the eccentric British folk-rock group Stackridge. [ [ Stackridge web page] - Retrieved on 19 September 2007 ]

Martin worked with Paul Winter on his (1972) "Icarus" album, which was recorded in a rented house by the sea in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Winter said that Martin taught him "how to use the studio as a tool", and allowed him to record the album in a relaxed atmosphere, which was different from the pressurised control in a professional studio. [ [ Paul Winter comments about Martin and recording] - Retrieved 8 November 2007 ]

Associated Independent Recording (AIR)

Within the recording industry, Martin is noted for going independent at a time when many producers were still salaried staff—which he was until The Beatles' success gave him the leverage to start, in 1969, Associated Independent Recording, and hire out his own services to artists who requested him. This arrangement not only demonstrated how important Martin's talents were considered to be by his artists, but it allowed him a share in record royalties on his hits. Martin (All You Need Is Ears) 1994. pp179-185] Today, Martin's Associated Independent Recording (AIR)—established in 1965—remains one of the world's pre-eminent recording studios. [ [ Air studios web page] - Retrieved on 19 September 2007 ] Martin later opened a studio in Montserrat, in 1979. This studio was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo ten years later. [ [ Rock and roll hall of fame:George Martin]]

Music from James Bond series

Martin has also directly and indirectly contributed to the main themes of three films in the James Bond series. Although Martin did not produce the theme for the second Bond film, "From Russia With Love", he was responsible for the signing of Matt Monro to EMI just months prior to his recording of the song of the same title. [ [ Andrews Sisters, Ann Shelton, Matt Monro - bottom of page] - last accessed 29 December 2007]

Martin also produced two of the most well-known James Bond themes. The first was "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey in 1964. Despite producing the film's theme that became a hit single, Martin did not take part in the movie's score or the 'James Bond Theme' by Monty Norman or John Barry. [ [ Tracklisting for George Martin compilation on his official site] - last accessed 29 December 2007] In 1972, Martin finally had a crack at composing, arranging and producing the music for the entire film of "Live And Let Die". Apart from scoring a successful chart entry for the song itself (by McCartney), Martin also composed one of the most colourful and funky Bond scores that served as a precursor to the music of 1970s blaxploitation films. [ [ Official Site] - last accessed 29 December 2007]

Books and audio retrospective

In 1979, he published a memoir, "All You Need is Ears" (co-written with Jeremy Hornsby), that described his work with The Beatles and other artists (including Peter Sellers, Sophia Loren, Shirley Bassey, Flanders and Swann, Matt Monro, and Dudley Moore), and gave an informal introduction to the art and science of sound recording. In 1993 Martin published "With a Little Help from My Friends: The Making of Sgt Pepper" (published in UK as "Summer of Love: The Making of Sgt Pepper", co-authored with William Pearson). [cite book |author=George Martin |title=With a Little Help from My Friends |year=1994] [ [ Summer Of Love] - Retrieved: 23 September 2007] Martin also edited a 1983 book called "Making Music: The Guide to Writing, Performing and Recording".

In 2001, Martin released "Produced by George Martin: 50 Years In Recording", a 6-CD retrospective of his entire studio career, and in 2002, Martin launched "Playback", his limited-edition illustrated autobiography, published by Genesis Publications. [ [ Playback - An Illustrated Memoir] - Retrieved: 23 September 2007]

Awards and recognition

* Academy Award 1964 - Nomination Scoring of Music (for A Hard Day's Night (film)) cite web||url=;jsessionid=2B37F9CC81DC1329C798DE43CF6E736B.squash?curTime=1191603429786
* Grammy Award 1967 - Best Contemporary Album (as producer of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band")cite web |title= |url= |accessdate=2007-02-18]
* Grammy Award 1967 - Album Of The Year (as producer of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band")
* Grammy Award 1973 - Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) (as arranger of 'Live and Let Die')
* BRIT Awards 1977 - Best British Producer (of the past 25 years) [ [ Brit Awards] - Retrieved: 21 September 2007 ]
* BRIT Awards 1984 - Outstanding Contribution To Music [cite web |title= The BRIT Awards 1984 |url= |accessdate=2007-02-18]
* Grammy Award 1993 - Best Musical Show Album (as producer of 'The Who's Tommy')
* Martin was named the British Phonographic Industry's "Man of the Year" for 1998.
* He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 15 March 1999 [cite web |title= Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum |url= |accessdate=2007-02-18] and into the UK Music Hall of Fame on 14 November 2006.
* Martin has also been honoured with a Gold Medal for Services to the Arts from the CISAC (the World Federation of Authors and Composers) and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Film at Belgium's Flanders Film Festival.
* In November 2006, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by Leeds Metropolitan University [cite web |title= Leeds Metropolitan University Winter Graduation 2006 |url= |accessdate=2007-02-18]
*He was granted his own Coat of Arms in March 2004 by the College of Arms. His shield features three beetles. [cite web |title= College of Arms |url= |accessdate=2007-03-16]
* In September 2008, he was awarded the James Joyce Award by the Literary and Historical Society of UCD. [cite web |title= Irish Independent |url= ]

elected Hit records produced or co-produced by George Martin

Records produced by Martin have achieved 30 #1 singles and 16 #1 albums in the UK - plus 23 #1 singles and 19 #1 albums in North America. [ [ George Martin’s success] - Retrieved: 19 September 2007 ]
* “My Kind of Girl,” Matt Monro (7/31/61, #18)
* “My Boomerang Won’t Come Back,” Charlie Drake (3/17/62, #21)
* “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport,” Rolf Harris (7/13/63, #3)
* “Little Children,” Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas (6/13/64, #7)
* “Bad to Me,” Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas (6/27/64, #9)
* “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying,” Gerry and the Pacemakers (7/04/64, #4)
* “You’re My World,” Cilla Black (8/01/64, #26)
* “How Do You Do It?,” Gerry and The Pacemakers (9/05/64, #9)
* “I Like It,” Gerry and The Pacemakers (11/07/64, #17)
* “Walk Away,” Matt Monro (1/09/65, #23)
* “I’ll Be There,” Gerry and The Pacemakers (1/30/65, #14)
* “Ferry Across the Mersey,” Gerry and the Pacemakers (3/20/65, #6)
* “Goldfinger,” Shirley Bassey (3/27/65, #8)
* “You'll Never Walk Alone,” Gerry and the Pacemakers (7/03/65, #48)
* “Trains and Boats and Planes,” Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas (7/31/65, #47)
* “Alfie,” Cilla Black (9/10/66, #95)
* “Girl on a Swing,” Gerry and The Pacemakers (10/22/66, #28)
* “Tin Man,” America (11/09/74, #4)
* “Lonely People,” America (3/08/75, #5)
* “Sister Golden Hair,” America (6/14/75, #1)
* “Got to Get You into My Life,” Earth, Wind and Fire (9/16/78, #9)
* “Oh! Darling,” Robin Gibb (10/07/78, #15)
* "Say, Say, Say," Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson (12/10/83, #1)
* "No More Lonely Nights," Paul McCartney (12/8/84, #6)
* "Candle in the Wind" 1997, Elton John (10/11/97, #1)


*"Off the Beatle Track" (1964)
*"Help!" (1965)
*"George Martin Instrumentally Salutes The Beatle Girls" (1966)
*"Yellow Submarine" (side one: The Beatles, side two: The George Martin Orchestra) (1969)
*"Live and Let Die" (producer for Paul McCartney's song and composer of musical score) (1973)
*"In My Life" (1998)
*"Produced by George Martin" (2001)
*"The Family Way" (2003)

elected discography (as producer)

* Flanders and Swann — "At the Drop of a Hat" (1960)
* Flanders and Swann — "At the Drop of Another Hat" (1964)
* Gerry and the Pacemakers — "Ferry Cross the Mersey" (1965)
* Edwards Hand — "Edwards Hand" (1969)
* Ringo Starr — "Sentimental Journey" (1970)
* Paul Winter Consort — "Icarus" (1972)
* Stackridge — "The Man In The Bowler Hat" (released as "Pinafore Days" in the U.S. and Canada) (1974)
* Mahavishnu Orchestra — "Apocalypse" (1974)
* America — "Holiday" (1974)
* Jeff Beck — "Blow by Blow" (1975)
* America — "Hearts" (1975)
* America — "Hideaway" (1976)
* Jeff Beck — "Wired" (1976)
* Jimmy Webb — "El Mirage" (1977)
* America — "Harbor" (1977)
* Cheap Trick — "All Shook Up" (1980)
* UFO — "No Place to Run" (1980)
* Little River Band — "Time Exposure" (1981)
* Ultravox — "Quartet" (1982)
* X Japan/Yoshiki — "Eternal Melody" (1993)
* "Tommy" (Original Cast Recording) (1993)
* Celine Dion — "Let's Talk About Love" (1997)
* George Martin — "In My Life" (1998)
* The Beatles — "Love" (2006)




External links

* [ Management biography]
* [ Sir George Martin]
* [ College of Arms - The Arms of Sir George Martin, Kt., C.B.E.]

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