Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

12 Beatles Hits Produced by George Martin over the Years

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

12 Beatles Hits Produced by George Martin over the Years

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George Martin, the Beatles' urbane producer who quietly guided the band's swift, historic transformation from rowdy club act to musical and cultural revolutionaries, died Tuesday at age 90.

Martin was too modest to call himself the "fifth Beatle," but Paul McCartney said Wednesday that "if anyone earned the title ... it was George."

"He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me," McCartney said.

The Beatles captured the hearts and ears of a generation with music that continues to resonate today. Here are 12 hits by the Beatles, produced by George Martin, whose contributions ranged far beyond the traditional producer role, from arranging to composing to playing instruments:

"Please Please Me" (1962) * After "Love Me Do," this was the song that rocketed the Beatles to fame on both sides of the Atlantic. Martin is said to have sped up what was initially a slower song. Lead vocals: John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

"A Hard Day's Night" (1964) * Song featured in the Beatles' first film, with that title taken from drummer Ringo's response to a comment that he looked tired: "Yea, I've had a hard day's night, you know." Lead vocals: John Lennon with Paul McCartney.

"Yesterday" (1965) * Wistful love song, featuring Paul McCartney with string quartet, an innovative idea for a rock and roll band that McCartney said was Martin's idea. It initially made him hesitate but ended as a "thrilling" experience. McCartney says the song became "one of the most recorded songs ever" with Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and many others offering their versions of it. Lead vocals: Paul McCartney.

"Michelle" (1965) * Some English speakers got their first taste of the French language with this tender love tune. Lead vocals: Paul McCartney.

"In My Life" (1965) * A confessional coming-of-age song brightened by the warm harmonies of Lennon and McCartney. Martin composed and performed the harpsichord interlude himself. Lead vocals: John Lennon and Paul McCartney. …

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