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George Martin

1926

George Martin is born in London.

1955

George Martin is made the head of the Parlophone label, an EMI subsidiary.

1962

Beatles manager Brian Epstein meets George Martin to play him a demo tape by the Liverpool group. George Martin signs the Beatles to EMI.

1962

The Beatles audition for George Martin at Parlophone/EMI Records. He agrees to sign the group, but insists that Pete Best be replaced. Within months, Richard “Ringo” Starkey joins the group.

1962

The Beatles record their first sessions at EMI Studios in London, with George Martin as producer.

1962

George Martin produces the single “Love Me Do” b/w “P.S. I Love You” at his first recording session with the Beatles. The song climbed to #17 on the British single chart and provided the first inkling of stardom.

1965

George Martin forms a production company, AIR Studios, with three colleagues. AIR becomes one of the world’s most popular and successful studios.

1967

After breaking new ground with the single “Strawberry Fields Forever"/"Penny Lane,” the Beatles and George Martin begin working in earnest on ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Completed four months later-an unheard-of length of time for a rock album-it is a creative and production masterpiece.

1974

George Martin enters the studio to begin work on ‘Holiday’, the first of seven albums he produces for America.

1975

‘Blow by Blow’, the first of two instrumental albums George Martin produces for Jeff Beck, is released. Beck’s best and best-selling album, it reaches #4.

1979

George Martin and partner/manager John Burgess build AIR Studios Montserrat in the Caribbean. Ten years later it is destroyed by Hurricane Hugo.

1995

The first volume of the Beatles’ ‘Anthology’ series, produced by George Martin, enters the U.S. album chart at #1.

1996

George Martin is knighted in his British homeland by Queen Elizabeth II.

1997

George Martin produces and scores Elton John’s best-selling single “Candle in the Wind ‘97,” a tribute to the recently deceased Princess Diana.

1998

George Martin’s final studio project-a various-artists album of Beatles covers called ‘In My Life’ - is released, formally ending a 48-year career in record production.

1999

Sir George Martin is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fourteenth annual induction dinner.