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On This Day – March 8, 2016: The “fifth Beatle,” Sir George Martin, dies at age 90

On This Day, March 8, 2016…


Legendary music producer Sir George Martin, often referred to as the so-called “fifth Beatle,” passed away at age 90. 

With a career that spanned more than six decades, Martin produced all but one of The Beatles’ albums, including 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which became the first rock album to win the Grammy for Album of the Year. 

Martin won six Grammys throughout his career and had 23 number-one singles in the U.S. In addition to The Beatles, he produced works by such artists as Elton John, Jeff Beck, Kenny Rogers, Cheap Trick and others.

Among his many honors, Martin was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and received a knighthood in 1996.

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