At 90 years old, George Martin has this physical status:
Sir George Henry Martin, (3 January 1926 – March 8, 2016) was an English record designer, arranger, conductor, and guitarist.
In reference to his extensive involvement on each of the Beatles' original albums, he was referred to as the "Fifth Beatle."
"If anyone deserved the title of the fifth Beatle, it was George," Martin said about Martin's death.
He made Marketplace and novelty records in the early 1950s, including Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Bernard Cribbins, among others, before working with the Beatles and other pop stars.
He had 30 number-one hits in the United Kingdom and 23 top-one hits in the United States over his lifetime.
He has worked at various media companies as well as contributing to a number of charitable causes, including those for The Prince's Trust and Montserrat's Caribbean island.
In recognition of his contributions to the music industry and popular culture, he was named a Knight Bachelor in 1996.
Awards and recognition
- Grammy Award 1967 – Best Contemporary Album (as producer of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
- Grammy Award 1967 – Album of the Year (as producer of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
- Grammy Award 1973 – Best Arrangement, Accompanying Vocalist(s) (as arranger of "Live and Let Die")
- BRIT Awards 1977 – Best British Producer (of the past 25 years).
- BRIT Awards 1984 – Outstanding Contribution To Music
- Grammy Award 1993 – Best Musical Show Album (as producer of The Who's Tommy)
- Grammy Award 2007 – Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media, producer together with Giles Martin, of The Beatles album Love
- Grammy Award 2007 – Best Surround Sound Album, producer together with Giles Martin, of The Beatles album Love
- In 1965, he was nominated for an Academy Award 1964 – Scoring of Music (for A Hard Day's Night)
- In April 1989, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
- On 9 July 1992, he was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree by University of Salford, in recognition of his involvement with the innovative BSc Hons Popular Music and Recording validated by the university (taught at University College Salford), and his contribution to British popular music in general.
- He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 15 March 1999 and into the UK Music Hall of Fame on 14 November 2006.
- Martin was named the British Phonographic Industry's "Man of the Year" of 1998.
- In 2002, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Film by the World Soundtrack Academy at Belgium's Flanders International Film Festival.
- In 2002, Martin was honoured with a gold medal for Services to the Arts from the CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers).
- He was granted his own coat of arms in March 2004 by the College of Arms. His shield features three beetles, a house martin holding a recorder, and the Latin motto Amore Solum Opus Est ("All You Need Is Love").
- In November 2006, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by Leeds Beckett University.
- In September 2008, he was awarded the James Joyce Award by the Literary and Historical Society of University College Dublin.
- On 25 May 2010, he was given an honorary membership in the Audio Engineering Society at the 128th AES Convention in London.
- On 29 June 2011, he was given an honorary degree, Doctor of Music, from the University of Oxford.
- On 17 October 2012, he won a lifetime award in the 39th BASCA Gold Badge Awards