Members of the extended Beatles family — including John Lennon’s sons Julian and Sean Lennon, along with Paul McCartney’s daughters Mary and Stella McCartney were on hand yesterday (May 11th) at London’s St. Martin-in-the fields for “a service to celebrate the life and work of Sir George Martin.”
Julian posted a photo of the memorial’s program on his Instagram page, writing: “A Beautiful Service, for a Truly Incredible Man…. With many dear old friends and family in attendance. . . A Day to Remember. . .” Both Sean and Stella tweeted a photo of the pair taken by Mary, with Sean writing next to it: “Got to chill w some familams today.”
George Martin died in his sleep on March 8th at age 90. In the 1950’s, Martin joined EMI/Parlophone, and in 1962 as a staff producer, he signed the “Fab Four” after nearly a dozen labels turned the group down.
In addition to producing the Beatles’ entire catalogue, Martin went on to produce Ringo Starr’s 1970 solo debut, Sentimental Journey, along with a trio of Paul McCartney’s ’80s albums Tug Of War (1982), Pipes Of Peace (1983), and Give My Regards To Broadstreet (1984). He’s also worked on numerous other projects with McCartney over the years.
Not long ago, George Martin touched upon how as the Beatles gradually lost interest in live performance, their creative life in the studio grew by leaps and bounds: “Oh yeah, they were becoming quite original.
The thing is, though, they were eternally curious. They wanted to find new ways of doing what they were doing — new harmonies, new endings of songs, and that kind of thing. They would always want to look beyond the horizon.”