The Beatles were a miracle not only of talent, but of chemistry. No producer was better suited for them than the resourceful and open-minded Sir George Martin, who dedicated himself to serving their vision instead of imposing his own. And no act Martin worked with before or after approached the Beatles' historic power.
Martin, the elegant Londoner behind the band's swift transformation from rowdy club act to musical and cultural revolutionaries, was remembered Wednesday with tributes to his rarely unerring taste, his musicianship and his contribution to developing the technology of pop music.
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