George Martin Liane speaks with legendary record producer George Martin, who is retiring after 48 years in the recording business. After an early career producing classical, jazz and comedy records, in l962 he signed four boys from Liverpool who went on to become the greatest rock band in history. A look at the career of the man known as "the fifth Beatle", as well as Martin''s philosophy in producing music, and how he''s dealing with the discovery that he''s going deaf.
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Liane speaks with legendary record producer George Martin, who is retiring after 48 years in the recording business. After an early career producing classical, jazz and comedy records, in l962 he signed four boys from Liverpool who went on to become the greatest rock band in history. A look at the career of the man known as "the fifth Beatle", as well as Martin''s philosophy in producing music, and how he''s dealing with the discovery that he''s going deaf.