On January 3, 1926, Sir George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles’ most memorable recordings, is born in London.
When he was six, Martin’s family acquired a piano that sparked his interest in music. Following his graduation from high school, he worked for the BBC’s classical music department, then joined EMI in 1950. He was mostly known for producing classical and comedy recordings until The Beatles auditioned for Martin on June 6 of 1962, in Studio Three at the Abbey Road studios.
From that point, Martin would go on to produce all of the Beatles recordings until their final album Let It Be, which Phil Spector produced.
In addition to The Beatles, Martin produced other hit records by Cheap Trick, the Little River Band, America, Jeff Beck, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Gerry & The Pacemakers.
Sir Martin passed away at the age of 90, on March 8, 2016.