viernes, 11 de marzo de 2016

Paul McCartney on George Martin

Paul McCartney with Geortge Martin and his wife Judy


Paul McCartney on George Martin

Paul McCartney on George Martin
I’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. 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 humour 
that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle 
it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last 
time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the 
pleasure to know.

It’s hard to choose favourite memories of my time with George, there are so many but one 

that comes to mind was the time I brought the song 'Yesterday’ to a recording session and 
the guys in the band suggested that I sang it solo and accompany myself on guitar. After 
I had done this George Martin said to me, "Paul I have an idea of putting a string quartet 
on the record". I said, “Oh no George, we are a rock and roll band and I don’t think it’s a 
good idea”.  With the gentle bedside manner of a great producer he said to me, "Let us 
try it and if it doesn’t work we won’t use it and we’ll go with your solo version".  I agreed to 
this and went round to his house the next day to work on the arrangement.

He took my chords that I showed him and spread the notes out across the piano, putting 

the cello in the low octave and the first violin in a high octave and gave me my first lesson 
in how strings were voiced for a quartet. When we recorded the string quartet at Abbey 
Road, it was so thrilling to know his idea was so correct that I went round telling people 
about it for weeks. His idea obviously worked because the song subsequently became 
one of the most recorded songs ever with versions by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray 
Charles, Marvin Gaye and thousands more.

This is just one of the many memories I have of George who went on to help me with 

arrangements on 'Eleanor Rigby', 'Live and Let Die' and many other songs of mine.

I am proud to have known such a fine gentleman with such a keen sense of humour, who 

had the ability to poke fun at himself. Even when he was Knighted by the Queen there was 
never the slightest trace of snobbery about him.

My family and I, to whom he was a dear friend, will miss him greatly and send our love to 

his wife Judy and their kids Giles and Lucy, and the grandkids.

The world has lost a truly great man who left an indelible mark on my soul and the history 

of British music.

God bless you George and all who sail in you!

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