Sir George Martin became known as 'the fifth Beatle' thanks to his work with the band
Sir George Martin, who signed The Beatles in 1962, has passed away at the age of 90.
In a career that spanned six decades, Martin produced over 700 records, racking up 30 number ones across the United Kingdom and the United States as well as 17 chart-topping records with The Beatles.
A statement issued by C A Management, which represented Martin, described him as "one of music's most creative talents" who "helped revolutionise the art of popular music recording", sentiments which were echoed by a number of people who took to Twitter and social media to pay tribute to the late producer.
The tributes were lead by Ringo Starr, who confirmed the news on Twitter, and thanked Martin for all his "love and kindness".
Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love xx😎✌️🌟💖 pic.twitter.com/um2hRFB7qF— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 9, 2016
The BBC shared an interview from their archives in which John Lennon described Martin's influence, stating that "he had a very great musical knowledge and background, so he could translate for us and suggest things".
Other leading figures and organisations across the industry also shared their thoughts on Martin on social media.
Our creative community has lost a gifted artist. We remember Sir George Martin. pic.twitter.com/HuqWMIXae2— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) March 9, 2016
Thank you Sir George Martin: the greatest British record producer of all time. We will never stop living in the world you helped create.— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) March 9, 2016
Sir George Martin. Gentleman and legend. R.I.P.— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) March 9, 2016
Every time I record at abbey road I geek out and play with the mics sir George Martin used. What an ear, what a life, what a legacy.— josh groban (@joshgroban) March 9, 2016
RIP George Martin— Matt Berry (@porksmith) March 9, 2016
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Sad to hear about the passing of George Martin. Not many others have done so much for music. pic.twitter.com/gPfFDwDPsm— James Bay (@JamesBayMusic) March 9, 2016
RIP to my musical brother George Martin. We were friends since 1964, & I am so thankful 4 that gift. Bless u & your precious posse 4ever.❤️Q— Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) March 9, 2016
How very sad to wake to the news Sir George Martin has left us. He made my first Bond film sound brilliant!— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) March 9, 2016
George martin. Wow. People made records that were that good.— Flea (@flea333) March 9, 2016
Sir George Martin RIP LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) March 9, 2016
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, also paid tribute to the late producer, describing him as a "giant of music".
Sir George Martin was a giant of music - working with the Fab Four to create the world's most enduring pop music.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 9, 2016