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George Martin, the legendary British music producer who helped bring the Beatles to fame and fortune in the early sixties, and who was often referred to as the "fifth Beatle" because of his influence on the band, has passed away. He was 90.

Martin was knighted in 1996, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. He once told the Wall Street Journal that, "Put simply, my job was to make sure recordings were artistically exceptional and commercially appealing, maximizing the qualities of artists and songs.”
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