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ANALYSIS – Before the Beatles met George Martin the trio (plus drummer Pete Best) were a ragtag bunch of barroom brawlers who had been rejected by every record company in London. For his part George Martin said he liked Paul McCartney’s voice and was encouraged by the fact the group wanted to write their own songs. The rest is history – after scoring their first number one hit with ‘Please Please Me‘, the Beatles went on to become a phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic. And then something really special happened. That change came with the ‘Revolver‘ album and John Lennon’s song ‘Tomorrow Never  Knows‘. And how George Martin reacted to the challenge brought to him by John Lennon with this track tells us everything about how the Beatles magic was made and the place the well groomed posh Etonian music producer had in their musical development. Lennon wanted to quote lyrics from the ‘Tibetan book of the Dead’ and wanted to know how that could translate into a record. Any other producer would have thought Lennon had lost the plot but this was George Martin who was open to all ideas at a time when everyone knew everything. George Martin was a producer who allowed creativity to breathe and bloom and what transpired under his stewardship  set into place a musical revolution – after Tomorrow Never Knowscame ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and the groundbreaking Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band Album  that included the songs ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’, ‘A Day in the Life’ and ‘All you Need is Love.’ That period of creativity until their last album Abbey Road forever cemented the Beatles place in history. For many John Lennon was three quarters of the Fab Four – that might be so, but The Beatles would never have recorded some of the best music tracks in pop without the guiding presence of Sir George Martin, the Fifth Beatle.

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