09 March, 2016
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English record producer George Martin is credited with helping The Beatles become famous.
He is the only producer that would offer them a recording contract after they had been rejected by many others.
He helped John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr produce 20 No. 1 songs during the 1960s.
Martin died on March 8. The news came out on the morning of March 9. He was 90 years old.
According to an obituary in the Washington Post, Martin studied piano while he was a boy in London before World War II. He entered the Navy during the war, then studied music and oboe.
He started his career with the British Broadcasting Corporation, working in the music library.
In 1950, he went to work for the record company EMI. Twelve years later, he met The Beatles. And a short time after, he helped them create their first big hit, called "Please Please Me," in early 1963.
McCartney and Starr used Twitter to send messages expressing their respect for Martin and their sadness about his death.
McCartney said: "The world has lost a truly great man," and "he was like a second father to me." He posted a photo of the two of them from a recording session and referred people to a longer blog post on his website.
Starr posted a message saying, "Thank you for all your love and kindness, George, Peace and Love..." It also included a photo of The Beatles with Martin when they were just getting started.
Lots of people expressed their feelings about Martin and The Beatles after hearing the news.
Martin was the top trending topic on Twitter, with almost 300,000 mentions.
British Prime Minister David Cameron called Martin, "a giant of music."
American record producer Quincy Jones, famous for working with Michael Jackson, called Martin his "musical brother."
Mark Ronson, another British music producer who earned his fame more recently by working with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars, said "we will never stop living in the world you helped create."
I'm Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. Kathleen Struck was the editor.
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Words in This Story
producer – n. someone who supervises the recording (or production) of a performer's music.
contract – n. a legal agreement between people and businesses to produce work for pay
hit – n. something that is very successful, like a song, movie or book
slang – n. words and expressions that are considered informal in speech
gutted – adj. sad or depressed
obituary – n. a report in a newspaper about the life of someone who has died recently