18 Years old. Signed to Columbia Records. Produced by the legendary John Hammond.
Unimaginable power, control, breadth, and nuance.
The most seminal and influential voice in the history of popular music.
Absolutely gutted to get this news today. George was one of the most gifted pop songwriters and producers that ever lived. Like most true geniuses he was very troubled and I had hoped he would pull out of the latest to live for another era. The second British invasion had an enormous impact on my musical life, to the point where it drove me to London. I met George for the first time at Limelight in 1986. My thoughts go out to Chris Porter, and everyone at SARM from the old days.
George wrote “Careless Whisper” when he was 17. What more is there to say!
George Martin was the greatest record producer who ever lived. He was the most influential and seminal record producer who ever lived. He made the greatest A&R signing in the history of recorded music, and was the steward of the greatest band in the history of popular music. Popular music doesn’t exist as it does today without his direct influence.
To myself and all of my brothers in the MPG, George was the standard bearer of excellence, vision, and risk taking to which we all try to hold ourselves.
I had the enormous privilege and honor of knowing this great man for 18 years. My thought’s go out to Giles, Lady Judy and Family.
The music awards season in London was a welcome break from the production shooting of my financial thriller “London Bridges Falling Down” which wrapped principal photography on site at London Fashion Week. The Producers Guild Awards were the highlight of, and the best night of the year. Gorgeous British actress Laura Bingham, the co-star of my film, was my guest for the evening and she made quite a splash. I got to introduce Laura to much of the leadership of the music industry and even got well wishes from Boy George (the first time we’ve met) who a was a really sweet guy and completely taken in by her. Paul Epworth deservedly won producer of the year again, and we got to see everyone from September Management and XL. Good to see old friends Mick Glossop, Tony Platt, Tommy D and Sue Sillitoe as well. What a night!
Photos Top: Legendary Producer’s Guild Chairman Steve Levine, Producer/writer George Glennon, Actress Laura Bingham
Next: Laura, George
Final: Laura Bingham, Producer of the year Paul Epworth, George Glennon
Fifty years ago tonight, on February 9th, 1964, The Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan Show in CBS Studio 50 to a broadcast audience of 73 million viewers. The largest television audience in history up to that date. CBS received more than 50,000 requests for the 750 seats in Studio 50.
Before their Ed Sullivan appearance, The Beatles had played more than 1,000 live shows. Few people in the general public understand that this is why they were so good by this date. Their electrifying performance on Ed Sullivan was the culmination of almost 8 years of work. They exploded on the American public, fully formed.
This could never happen again. The world is too connected now. When thousands of kids were trying to get into the 250 capacity Cavern Club in Liverpool, years before Ed Sullivan, it would have been Twittered and put on Youtube today. The Beatles had the benefit of being able to grow organically, without hype, into what Eric Clapton would call “The Four Headed beast”.
The Beatles performance on Ed Sullivan was so good and so unique that we are still talking about it 50 years later.
Today’s music industry is largely filled with mediocre talent, saturation marketing, and hype. Some of the horrendous performances on the 2014 Grammys prove this… but on February 9th 1964, America saw a fully formed professional band whose performance and talent has never been equaled, and likely never will be.