“Fifth Beatle” And Ex-Bromley Student George Martin Dies

The music industry is mourning the passing of another legend with the death of Sir George Martin at the age of 90.

Sir George spent part of his early life in the borough, and he studied at Bromley Grammar School when he was evacuated here in the Second World War. He then went on to take up a place at Guildhall School of Music before becoming a professional oboist.

However, he will be best remembered for his contribution to the recording industry and is seen as one of the most influential producers of a generation. He was a significant factor in the global success of The Beatles, which earned him the reputation as the “fifth Beatle”, when he headed up the Parlophone label.

He had a successful career that spanned several decades, picking up six Grammys and two Ivor Novello awards along the way in addition to the Grammy Foundation’s Leadership Award in 2008. He received an Oscar nomination in 1965 for A Hard Day’s Night and was given a Brit Award for outstanding contribution in 1984.

Sir George carried on his work, including writing music, advising broadcasters and working with charities, up until he died. He established an independent music publishing business in 1969.

After his death was announced by Ringo Starr on Twitter, tributes to Sir George have been made by prominent figures throughout the entertainment industry.

Do you have any memories of Sir George Martin? What do you think he will be best remembered for?

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