A Beatles record found in a pal's attic has sold at auction for over $109,000 (£77,000).
The 10-inch acetate of Till There Was You and Hello Little Girl was cut at an HMV record store on Oxford Street, London, before the band broke big in 1962.
It was discovered in the loft of Gerry And The Pacemakers keyboard player Les Maguire.
The disc was used to help the Fab Four secure a record deal and Maguire believes it was presented to future Beatles producer George Martin, who died earlier this month (Mar16). If that's true, the rare find may have been the item that persuaded Sir George to work with the Beatles.
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Legendary music producer George Martin was laid to rest in a private ceremony on Monday (14Mar16).
The musician, who was often dubbed the Fifth Beatle due to his work with the Fab Four, passed away on 8 March (16) aged 90, and a whole host of tributes poured in on social media from stars worldwide, including Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
Martin was laid to rest surrounded by family and friends at a private funeral at All Saints Church in Coleshill in Wiltshire, England, where he lived and passed away.
A neighbour tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "It was a very quiet affair."
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Classic rock icon Alan Parsons has broken his silence about the death of fellow Abbey Road producer Sir George Martin.
Almost a week after the Beatles mastermind's passing, Parsons, who became another Abbey Road Studios fixture, has paid tribute to the man he calls "the producer's producer".
The Alan Parsons Project star tells WENN, "He was always respectful to, and respected by, all the artists and recording engineers he worked with. I am proud to have been associated with him - both with The Beatles and the many other successful artists we worked with together at Abbey Road Studios.
"He had a totally unflappable nature under pressure and had great ears, including the rare gift of perfect pitch. He was always ready to experiment and push technology to its limits. He rightfully earned the title of the 'Fifth Beatle'."
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Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has had to reassure fans he's alive after the death of similarly named music producer Sir George Martin.
When news broke of The Beatles producer's death aged 90 broke on Wednesday (09Mar16), fans of TV series and novels believed the reports referred to the novelist rather than the music icon.
The news sent some lovers of the books into a panic because their author, 67, is yet to complete the story within his novels, which collectively are titled A Song of Ice and Fire.
After becoming aware of his fans' worries, writer George moved to assuage their fears with a message on his blog.
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Fans became confused between George the producer and George the novelist
Yesterday, thousands of people paid tribute to the "fifth Beatle" - music producer Sir George Martin who passed away at the age of 90 on March 8 (Tuesday). But while many were remembering the days of Love Me Do, there were thousands more panicking that fantasy series Game of Thrones would now never get finished - assuming it was George R.R Martin that was in fact dead.
Many fans wer worried when they thought George R.R Martin has died
Made aware of the mistaken identity, George Martin the novelist posted an official statement to his blog to clear up any misunderstanding.
Sir George Martin's longtime sidekick Geoff Emerick has added his tribute to the late Beatles producer following his death on Tuesday night (08Mar16).
Emerich took over the Fab Four's engineering duties in 1966 at Martin's request, and worked with the studio legend on the albums Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road.
Recalling his time with Sir George on Wednesday (09Mar16), Emerick told WENN, "The news of the passing of Sir George Martin is sad, however the mark he left on the music world is indisputable.
"I had the pleasure of sitting and working side by side with him during the creation of the most iconic music of The Beatles. He was a true gentleman, and we had the same sense of humour. He was like a father to me. I’m proud to have shared so many memorable years with him."
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Paul McCartney has paid an emotional tribute to legendary producer Sir George Martin.
The 73-year-old musician worked closely with Martin during his time in The Beatles, with the musical director even earning the nickname the 'Fifth Beatle' due to his work with the band.
Following the tragic news that Martin died at home on Tuesday (08Mar16) aged 90, MCCartney penned a lengthy tribute to him on his official website.
"I’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever," he wrote. "He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know."
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'Game Of Thrones' author George RR Martin is still alive.
This year is rapidly turning into the year that we say goodbye to some of music's biggest legends, with the latest to go being 'Fifth Beatle' and record producer Sir George Martin who passed away at his home at the age of 90 yesterday (March 8th 2016).
RIP George Martin
The news seems to have been first announced by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr via Twitter, as he posted to his followers: 'God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara. George will be missed.'
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George Martin has died aged 90.
The legendary producer was often referred to as the Fifth Beatle due to his work with the iconic band.
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr first revealed the tragic news on his Twitter.com page, writing: "God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family ... Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love xx."
Other stars to share their condolences included John Lennon's son Sean, who shared a picture of Martin on his Instagram.com page, writing: "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."
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A Drummer Who Replaced Ringo Starr On The Beatles' First Single Has Died At The Age Of 85.
Session musician Andy White was asked by George Martin to run through Love Me Do and its eventual B-side P.S. I Love You because the famed producer was unhappy with Starr's rhythm tracks.
Starr was reduced to shaking maracas and a tambourine during the takes.
The version of Love Me Do featuring White was included on the Fab Four's debut album Please Please Me in 1963 and was used on the first American pressings of the single in 1964.
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