Famed Beatles producer, George Martin, has died at age 90. Many called Martin “the Fifth Beatle,” acknowledging his enormous contributions to the Beatle’s unique sound and success.
According to ABC News, Martin’s management group confirmed his death saying that “Sir George Martin passed away peacefully at home yesterday evening, Tuesday March 8. The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support.”
Martin was the head of EMI’s Parlophone Records when he first met Beatles manager Brian Epstein in 1962 and heard a demo the Beatles had made for another record label. He is credited with allowing John Lennon and Paul McCartney to write and record their own music and for eventually firing drummer Peter Best and hiring Ringo Starr.