Friday, May 24, 2024

Ringo Starr Tweets: George Martin, the Real 5th Beatle, Has Passed Away at 90


Ringo Starr has just tweeted his condolences to the family of George Martin. The greatest record producer of all time, the actual fifth Beatle, recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He had been ill for some time. Martin was a genius. He added to the Beatles, taught them, and helped them realize their full potential. I had the great honor of meeting him several years ago when he put together the Beatles “Love” show with Cirque du Soleil. He was extraordinary.

Here’s what I wrote recently on his 90th birthday.

I will update in time tonight and tomorrow morning.

George Martin’s non Beatle hits– from Wikipedia

“You’re Driving Me Crazy”, The Temperance Seven (25 May 1961, #1)
“My Kind of Girl,” Matt Monro (31 July 1961, #5)
“My Boomerang Won’t Come Back”, Charlie Drake (5 October 1961, #14)
“Sun Arise,” Rolf Harris (25 October 1962, #3)
“Little Children,” Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas (19 March 1964, #1)
“Bad to Me,” Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas (22 August 1963, #1)
“Hello Little Girl,” The Fourmost (30 August 1963, #9)
“Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying,” Gerry & the Pacemakers (4 July 1964, #4)
“You’re My World,” Cilla Black (1 August 1964, #1)
“How Do You Do It?,” Gerry & the Pacemakers (11 April 1963, #1)
“Can’t Buy Me Love”, Ella Fitzgerald (1 May 1964, #34)
“Walk Away,” Matt Monro (4 September 1964, #4)
“I Like It,” Gerry & the Pacemakers (7 November 1964, #1)
“I’ll Be There,” Gerry & the Pacemakers (30 January 1965, #14)
“Ferry Cross the Mersey,” Gerry & the Pacemakers (20 March 1965, #6)
“Goldfinger,” Shirley Bassey (27 March 1965, #8)
“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Gerry & the Pacemakers (3 July 1965, #48)
“Trains and Boats and Planes,” Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas (31 July 1965, #47)
“Alfie,” Cilla Black (10 September 1966,#UK6 #95)
“Girl on a Swing,” Gerry & the Pacemakers (22 October 1966, #28)
“Live and Let Die,” Paul McCartney & Wings (1 June 1973, UK#9 US#2)
“Tin Man,” America (9 November 1974, #4)
“Lonely People,” America (8 March 1975, #5)
“Sister Golden Hair,” America (14 June 1975, #1)
“Oh! Darling,” Robin Gibb (7 October 1978, #15)
“The Night Owls”, Little River Band (1981, US #6)
“Ebony and Ivory” Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (29 March 1982 US #1)
“Say, Say, Say” Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson (10 December 1983, #1)
“No More Lonely Nights”, Paul McCartney (8 December 1984, #6)
“Morning Desire”, Kenny Rogers (10 July 1985, #1)
“The Man I Love”, Kate Bush & Larry Adler (18 July 1994, #27)
“Candle in the Wind 1997”, Elton John (11 October 1997, #1)
“Pure” 2003, Hayley Westenra (#1 UK classical charts, No. 8 UK pop charts)

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