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"I didn’t know them from Adam, they didn’t mean anything to me… but they had that idiotic sense of humour that I love too, and that made me want to be with them. If you haven’t got a good sense of humor, life’s not worth living."- George Martin
Martin met the Beatles in 1962, signing them to EMI’s Parlophone label later that year. He was their main producer and a creative influence, helping shape songs like “Please Please Me,” “Yesterday” and “Eleanor Rigby.” Here, Martin and the Beatles work in a recording session, circa 1963.
Martin was an ace with a four-track recorder, using it to create layered sounds on albums like “Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The band split with Martin after the taping sessions for “Let It Be,” but they reunited for “Abbey Road.” Phil Spector ended up producing “Let It Be,” which was released as the Beatles’ final album in 1970.