Legendary music producer honored in the UK

By: Tucker Harrington

Famous British music producer Sir George Martin will soon be adding yet another award to his collection. Ultimate Classic Rock reports Martin will be honored with the Outstanding Contribution to U.K. Music Award by the Music Producers Guild.

Martin, dubbed “the fifth Beatle,” played a major role in the success of many of the Beatles’ albums. Under his guidance, the group earned 30 number one hit songs, with many of their records going on to sell over a billion copies. Steve Levine, chairman of the Music Producers Guild, believes Martin deserves one of the recognition awards for his years of making hit music.

“The Outstanding Contribution Award acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution over a long period of time to the success of the U.K. music recording industry, so we are thrilled that Sir George Martin has agreed to accept the Music Producers Guild’s highest honor,” Levine said in a statement. “Many record producers around the world owe George a huge debt of gratitude, not just for his inspired production techniques, but also for his efforts to ensure that all producers rightfully receive a royalty for their work.”

Vintage Vinyl News reports Martin’s career spans six decades. Martin will receive his award during the Music Producers Guild’s annual ceremony on February 7 at the Cafe de Paris in London.