Steve Salutes Sir George Martin(February 11, 2013)
Photo: Grace Lightman
Liverpool MP, Steve Rotheram, paid tribute to the renowned producer, composer and musician Sir George Martin at the Music Producers Guild Awards in London as he was recognised for his outstanding contribution to UK music.
Steve explained, "Sir George is best known for the integral part he played in the success of the Beatles and he has enjoyed a career spanning more than six decades, with 30 Number One hits and over one billion records sold.
"The Outstanding Contribution Award acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution over a long period of time to the success of the UK music recording industry, so we are thrilled that Sir George Martin has agreed to accept the Music Producers Guild’s highest honour. Many record producers around the world owe George a huge debt of gratitude, not just for his inspired production techniques, but also for his efforts to ensure that all producers rightfully receive a royalty for their work.
"Sir George began his career in the music industry in 1950 when he joined EMI. After five years he became Head of Parlophone and was entirely responsible for the label’s output. During this time he worked with esteemed classical musicians of the day and turned his hand to the pioneering comedy recordings of Flanders and Swann, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Beyond the Fringe.
"In 1962, Sir George met and signed The Beatles, a partnership that revolutionised studio recording and the creative process, incorporating new technology to take their music to new and increasingly diverse levels. Following their split, Sir George continued to push the creative boundaries with acts such as Jeff Beck, Jimmy Webb, America and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
"Sir George has also scored a number of feature films, including the ground-breaking A Hard Day’s Night and Yellow Submarine, as well as working on the title tracks to the Bond films From Russia with Love and Goldfinger and the title and score for Live and Let Die.
"It was an honour to meet with him".