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George Martin


George Martin is born in London.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


‘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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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