Beatles producer George Martin dead at 90

George Martin, the producer also known as the “Fifth Beatle”, has died at the age of 90. He was credited for giving The Fab Four their first record contract and then producing produced many of their albums.

News of Martin’s death was confirmed by Ringo Starr who wrote on Twitter:

Martin signed The Beatles to EMI Records in 1962 and in a few months he and the band entered into the studio to record several songs, including “Love Me Do” (the band’s first-ever commercial single) and “Please Please Me”. Martin remained a guiding force for The Beatles throughout their decade-long existence: he produced all their albums (except "Let It Be") and also penned a vast number of orchestral arrangements and instrumental parts.