Sir George Martin, the longtime producer and arranger for The Beatles, has died at the age of 90.
The word first came from Ringo Starr on Twitter:
God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed xxx ?????????— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love xx???????? pic.twitter.com/um2hRFB7qF— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
Adam Sharp, of CA Management, in London, said in a statement, "We can confirm that Sir George Martin passed away peacefully at home yesterday evening, Tuesday March 8th. The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support."
Sharp observed that, "In a career that spanned seven decades he was an inspiration to many and is recognized globally as one of music's most creative talents. He was a true gentleman to the end."
"Martin was referred to as the "fifth Beatle" and served as producer, collaborator and mentor to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr," the Reuters news agency notes, adding that, "During his six-decade career in the music industry, Martin produced almost all of the Beatles' recordings and also worked with Gerry & the Pacemakers, Jeff Beck, America, Cheap Trick and other acts."
Reuters say Martin was a "legendary music producer who shaped the Beatles into the world's most important pop music force."
The Hollywood Reports calls Martin a "British treasure who signed the Fab Four to a label contract when no one else would, produced virtually all their songs and introduced lavish arrangements into 'Yesterday' and 'A Day in the Life."'