RIP George Martin – A Beatles Playlist

Mr. Martin next to a sculpture of John Lennon in a Havana park in 2002. From 1962 to 1970, Mr. Martin produced 13 albums and 22 singles for the Beatles, a compact body of work that adds up to less than 10 hours of music but that revolutionized the popular music world. Credit Rafael Perez/Reuters

Like the rest of the world, I awoke to the news this morning (I read the news today, oh boy?) of Sir George Martin’s departure from this earthly plane:

George Martin, the urbane English record producer who signed the Beatles to a recording contract on the small Parlophone label after every other British record company had turned them down, and who guided them in their transformation from a regional dance band into the most inventive, influential and studio-savvy rock group of the 1960s, died on Tuesday. He was 90.

The New York Times obituary mentioned several songs that are regarded as among the breakthrough recordings that Sir George produced with the Beatles during their tenure at EMI / Abbey Road Studios in the 1960s.

So, naturally, I skipped over to Spotify and assembled a playlist of those breakthrough songs:

RIP, Sir George. Words fail, let the music speak for you…



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