Today's news of the passing of producer Sir George Martin is very sad, but very uplifting in the sense that even the most cursory look at his career is the story of a life well-lived. As I am in the midst of research and writing a new book on the British Beat Boom and British Invasion and it's impossible not to come across the footprints of this amazing man. Martin, who had already signed and produced the Beatles, subsequently signed both Gerry and the Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas to contracts and became their producers. Gerry had three #1's with his first three singles in England and Billy J. hit the top spot twice in his first year. Such was the golden touch that George Martin seemed to have in those early years.
Of course, anyone my age has the Beatles' catalogue imprinted on their DNA and so much of the Beatles' sound was due in large part to George Martin. The partnership they developed remains unique. Thankfully, the contributions of Sir George have been well documented and the music will live forever. Rest well, Sir George.