'Fifth Beatle' George Martin dies at 90
- Wired World
- 09 Mar 2016 02:28 (South Africa)
Legendary British record producer George Martin, who turned the Beatles into the best-selling band in history, has died aged 90, his family said Wednesday, as tributes poured in for "a giant of music".
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was the first to give the news, tweeting a picture of the "Fab Four" with Martin and saying: "God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family... George will be missed".
Paul McCartney -- the only other surviving member of the band signed up by Martin in 1962 -- penned a tribute, calling him "a true gentleman" and "a second father".
"If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George," McCartney wrote on his website.