Legendary producer Sir George Martin would’ve turned 93 today (January 3), and while he is best known for his work with The Beatles, Martin worked with countless other artists in his incredible career. Here’s a five non-Beatles track sampling of from his astounding career.
“Say Say Say” – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Okay…this one involves a Beatles, but it still counts, especially since MJ is included and the track was a massive hit off of Sir Paul’s 1983 album Pipes Of Peace.
Directed by Bob Giraldi, the music video for "Say Say Say" a duet between Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, which became a number one hit in the US after its release in 1983.
“Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” – Gerry and the Pacemakers
One of the very few acts that received Martin’s producing touch during the time of Beatlemania, Gerry and the Pacemakers’s scored their biggest U.S. hit with “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” in 1964.
Gerry and the Pacemakers - Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying (1964)
“Tin Man” – America
Once The Beatles called it quits in 1970, this opened up more time for Martin to work with other acts, and one of the most notable was America, whose biggest Martin-produced hit came in 1974 with “Tin Man,” which peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number four.
Provided to YouTube by Warner Music Group Tin Man · America America's Greatest Hits - History ℗ 1974 Warner Bros. Records Inc. Assistant Engineer: Peter Henderson Bass, Guitar, Keyboards: America Drums, Percussion: Willie Leacox Engineer: Geoff Emerick Producer: George Martin Arranger: George Martin Writer: Dewey Bunnell Auto-generated by YouTube.
“Stop This Game” – Cheap Trick
The favorite sons of Rockford, Ill. got their chance to work with Martin in 1980 on their fifth studio album All Shook Up, whose lead single was “Stop This Game.”
Cheap Trick - Stop this Game 1980 Well I can't stop the music I could stop it before Now I don't want to hear it Don't wanna hear it no more No more (Instrumental) I can't stop the music I could stop it before Now I don't wanna hear it
“Candle In The Wind 1997” – Elton John
Perhaps the biggest success of Martin’s producing career, Elton John’s tribute to the late Princess Diana has sold over 33 million copies worldwide and was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for a staggering 14 week. It remains the best-selling single in the history of Billboard, which is likely a feat that won’t be matched or topped ever.
Elton John singing Goodbye England's Rose, the re-written version of Candle in the Wind for the occasion of Princess Diana's funeral, in 1997.
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.