George Martin to Receive U.K. Producer’s Guild Award
George Martin will add one more trophy to his mantelpiece this February. The Music Producers Guild will bestow the Outstanding Contribution to U.K. Music Award to the man often labeled "the fifth Beatle."
The legendary producer was behind the boards for a majority of the Beatles' albums. During that time they scored 30 No. 1 hits, and those records have reportedly gone on to sell over a billion copies. In addition to his work with the Beatles, Martin produced popular songs for Shirley Bassey, Gerry & the Pacemakers and America among others.
Steve Levine, chairman of the Music Producers Guild, stated, "The Outstanding Contribution Award acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution over a long period of time to the success of the U.K. music recording industry, so we are thrilled that Sir George Martin has agreed to accept the Music Producers Guild's highest honor. 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."
Earlier this year, Martin's work was chronicled in the BBC documentary, 'Produced by George Martin.' According to Vintage Vinyl News, the Music Producers Guild ceremony honoring Martin will take place Feb. 7 at the Café de Paris in London.