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George Martin: From Comedy Records To Rock Classics

John Tobler, History of Rock, The, 1982

While the man himself might deny it with typical modesty, there's little doubt that George Martin is one of the most celebrated record producers of all time. His fame derives, of course, from his association with the Beatles, with whom he was to work from 1962 onwards. Martin had already produced a Number 1 hit for the Temperance Seven in the previous year, but his achievements with the Beatles broke new ground, both for him and rock as a whole: his arranging, routining and organizational abilities facilitated the translation of Lennon and McCartney's ideas to million-selling vinyl and enabled them to progress to milestone of Sgt Pepper and beyond.

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