George Martin Death: Celebrities Pay Tribute To “Fifth Beatle”
Celebrities are paying tribute to George Martin, who died on Tuesday at age 90. Affectionately called the “Fifth Beatle” for serving as a key producer for the iconic band, stars are fondly remembering the late star.
Ringo Starr was actually the first to break the news of his longtime friend’s death. “God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed,” he tweeted on Tuesday night. He added, “Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love xx.”
In a statement, fellow Beatle Paul McCartney said, “I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humor that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the Fifth Beatle, it was George.”
The official Beatles Twitter account posted, “RIP Sir George Martin. Our love and thoughts are with his family today.” John Lennon’s son Sean Lennon also wrote on Twitter, “R.I.P. George Martin. I’m so gutted I don’t have many words. Thinking of Judy and Giles and family. Love Always, Sean.” Yoko Ono, who had a health scare last week, has not yet commented.
Meanwhile, Quincy Jones tweeted, “RIP to my musical brother George Martin. We were friends since 1964, & I am so thankful 4 that gift. Bless u & your precious posse 4ever.” Lenny Kravitz posted, “The legends are really going home! Visionary producer of TheBeatles, George Martin (1926-2016).” And Mark Ronson commented, “Thank you Sir George Martin: the greatest British record producer of all time. We will never stop living in the world you helped create.”
On Wednesday morning, Bon Jovi wrote on Twitter and Facebook, “In an era where the words LEGEND and ICON are used far too frequently, there is now one less REAL LEGEND and ICON in the world. George Martin impacted music with contributions that will outlive us all. Sir George, WE Thank you.”
“George martin. Wow. People made records that were that good,” remarked Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Piers Morgan said, “RIP Sir George Martin. The 5th Beatle, producer extraordinaire & a musical genius.” Regina Spektor tweeted, “Rest in peace George Martin. You helped new sounds come out of hiding-and dreamt up some of my favorite arrangements and recordings… Love!”
Jack Antonoff shared, “man george martin changed my life intensely.” Rob Schneider wrote, “George Martin, @thebeatles producer has died. His piano solo ‘In My Life’ was perfection. Dave Navarro expressed, “Awww man! RIP Sir George Martin and thank you for the inspiration! My life wouldnt have been the same without you.”
And British Prime Minister David Cameron said via Twitter, “Sir George Martin was a giant of music – working with the Fab Four to create the world’s most enduring pop music.”