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Beatles Producer George Martin to be Awarded by Music Producers Guild
By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino

The man who was considered to be “The 5th Beatle” is getting the recognition he deserves.

Vintage Vinyl News reports that famed producer, Sir George Martin, will receive the award for Outstanding Contribution to U.K. Music at the annual Music Producer’s Guild ceremony on February 7th in London.

The 86-year-old UK native, who is best known for producing tons of hits for the Fab Four, has also worked with artists such as Gerry & the Pacemakers, America and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas.

Martin also worked on music from the James Bond series, producing the theme songs for Goldfinger (Shirley Bassey) and Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney & Wings); he also composed the latter film’s score.

Chairman of the Music Producer’s Guild, Steve Levine, said of Martin, “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.”

A documentary about the life and career of George Martin, entitled Produced by George Martin, was broadcast in April of 2011 on the BBC; it was released on DVD/Blu-ray in September in this year.

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