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The Beatles producer George Martin dead at 90

The Beatles producer George Martin dead at 90

The Beatles producer George Martin has died.

George, 90, who was often referred to as "the fifth Beatle", gave the Beatles their big break by signing them to Parlophone Records in 1962 and went on to produce and arrange the majority of their music.

He also worked with artists including Gerry and the Pacemakers, Shirley Bassey and Cilla Black.

Drummer Ringo Starr took to Twitter to confirm the news, writing: "God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed xxx."

John Lennon's son Sean wrote on Facebook: "R.I.P. George Martin. I'm so gutted I don't have many words. Thinking of Judy and Giles and family. Love Always, Sean."

Speaking previously about George, Sir Paul McCartney has said: ""He's a very good producer. He's one of the best in the world."

George's incredible career saw him have 23 number-one hits in the US and 30 number-one singles in the UK.

He is survived by his second wife Judy Lockhart-Smith and his four children.