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Sir George Henry Martin net worth:
$400 Million

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George Martin Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

(Sir) George Henry Martin was born on 3 January 1926 in Highbury, North London England, and passed away on 8 March 2016 at his home in Wiltshire. From the ’60s he was known as ‘the fifth Beatle’, so critically involved was he in the arrangement and production of their music, for which he was justly recognised and appreciated, but actually he was far more than that.

So just how rich was George Martin? Sources estimate that at the time of his passing, George’s net worth was in excess of $400 million, accumulated during his career in the music industry, which eventually spanned over six decades.

George Martin Net Worth $400 Million

George was educated at St Joseph’s elementary school and then St Ignatius’ College, and when evacuated during World War Two, at Bromley Grammar. He joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm in 1943 although never saw active service, and used his demobilisation bonus in 1947 to pay for piano and oboe studies at Guildford School of Music and Drama – he had actually taken piano lessons from eight years of age, but didn’t consider a career in music until sometime later.

On graduation he worked briefly for the BBC music department, then joined EMI/Parlophone in 1950, becoming head of Parlophone Records in 1955 although specialising in classical and jazz music, and comedy albums with such as The Goons. His producing “Beyond the Fringe”(1960), based on Oxbridge ‘radicals’ of the time including Peter Cook and Dudley Moore really brought him to notice, and set his net worth rising steadily. George’s great strength was his depth of knowledge and the ability to use his talents – he was a musician, composer, producer, arranger,  conductor, and audio engineer, so was of enormous value to singers and musicians when it came to recordings, including in the burgeoning pop genre of the time.

In 1962 he agreed to sign The Beatles after other labels had turned down the group – hearing considerable promise in their composition “Please, Please Me” which became their first number one hit – and is credited with supervising the arrangement of many of the group’s tracks over the the seven succeeding years that they were together, from the relatively raw talent of the group members to the refined article that was eventually released. Many times George thought ‘outside the (pop)box’ – particularly notable were such as “Yesterday” with a string quartet, a piccolo trumpet solo in “Eleanor Rigby”, strings only to accompany “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and vari-speed editing with orchestra in “A Day in the Life”. Of course George was also instrumental in many of The Beatle’s mainstream hits too, significantly refining the group’s song-writing and musical talent to produce a string of number one hits on charts around the world. Very often he conducted the orchestral accompaniments to the tracks being recorded.

However, George Martin also worked with many other prominent music stars, many of whom say that they were extremely appreciative of his ability to get the best out of themselves personally and their music.  He produced “Alfie” for Cilla Black, and for other British artists such as Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Jeff Beck, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Elton John and Kate Bush among others. He was also in demand from artists from the other side of the Atlantic, for such as  Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Neil Sedaka, Kenny Rogers, Carly Simon and Celine Dion. Significantly, George is the only producer to score number one hits in four decades, on both sides of the Atlantic. Of course this constant work meant that George’s net worth increased substantially.

Additionally, Martin composed, arranged and produced film scores from the early 1960s; the instrumental score for The Beatles film “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964), won an Academy Award nomination, as did his collaboration with Paul McCartney on the James Bond film score for “Live and Let Die”(1973), which he composed. Other film scores included “Pulp”(1972) starring Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney, and the John Schlesinger – directed “Honky Tonk Freeway”(1981) among many others.

Of course George Martin was also an author – “All You Need is Ears”(1979) with co-writer Jeremy Hornsby documented his time with The Beatles and other artists to that point. The self-explanatory “Summer of Love: The Making of Sgt Pepper” written with William Pearson was released in 1993, and his autobiography “Playback” was published in 2002. All contributed to his net worth.

George received many honours and awards – perhaps the highlight was his knighthood bestowed in 1996. He received seven Grammys, two BRIT Awards, and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. Among other degrees, Oxford University awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Music in 2011. He was also honoured by a BBC documentary “Produced by George Martin” in 2011, detailing his whole life with contributions from many of the stars of entertainment who he had worked with.

In his personal life, in January 1948 and while still at the Guildford Academy, George Martin married Sheena Chisholm, with whom he had two children. He subsequently married Judy Lockhart-Smith in 1966, by whom he is survived, and they also had two children.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Girls Revolt2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Morfi, todos a la mesa2016TV Series producer - 1 episode
Hola y adiós2016TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode
The Walking Dead: Michonne2016Video Game writer: "Gun in my Hand"
Aloha2015/Iperformer: "Pepperland" / writer: "Pepperland"
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2014TV Series producer - 1 episode
Frost/Nixon2008writer: "By George It's David Frost" - as George Henry Martin
Across the Universe2007performer: "A Day In The Life"
The Alchemists of Sound2003TV Movie documentary writer: "Time Beat" - as Ray Cathode / writer: "Waltz in Orbit"
The Rhythm of Life1997TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Beatles Anthology1995TV Mini-Series documentary writer: "Love in the Open Air", "By George! It's The David Frost Theme"
Ai monogatari1991TV Mini-Series producer: "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
Honky Tonk Freeway1981writer: "Ticlaw Anthem", "Love Keeps Bringing Me Down"
Roadie1980producer: "Everything Works If You Let It"
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band1978producer: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Fixing A Hole", "Getting Better", "Here Comes The Sun", "I Want You She's So Heavy", "Good Morning, Good Morning", "Nowhere Man", "Polythene Pam", "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Reprise, "Mean Mr. Mustard", "She's Leaving Home", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "Oh! Darling", "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", "Because", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Being For The
Ringo1978TV Movie arranger: "Yellow Submarine in Pepperland" instrumental
Xin si wang you xi1975"Trespassers Will Be Eaten"
Mister Jerico1970TV Movie music: "Mister Jerico"
The Southern Star1969arranger: "The Southern Star" / performer: "The Southern Star"
The Bobo1967"Girl from Barcelona", "The Bulls of Salamanca"
The Family Way1966performer: "Love In The Open Air" main theme
Alfie1966producer: "Alfie"
Crooks Anonymous1962music: "I Must Resist Temptation" - uncredited
V.D.1961performer: "Lovers Blues" / writer: "Lovers Blues"
I Like Money1961music: "I Like Money"
Smiley1956producer: "Smiley"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yoshiki Symphonic Concert 2002 with Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra Featuring Violet UK2005Video documentary music arranger
The Prince's Trust Rock Gala1989TV Movie musical director
Rupert and the Frog Song1985Short music arranger
Give My Regards to Broad Street1984music arranger / musical director / orchestrator
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band1978conductor / music arranger / musical director / original soundtrack album produced by
Pulp1972conductor
Frost on Sunday1968TV Series composer: theme "By George! It's the David Frost Theme"
Yellow Submarine1968musical director
Magical Mystery Tour1967TV Movie music producer - uncredited
The Family Way1966music adaptor / music arranger / music supervisor
Ferry Cross the Mersey1964musical director
A Hard Day's Night1964composer: incidental music - uncredited / music arranger - uncredited / musical director / performers: "This Boy: Ringo's Theme" - uncredited
Calculated Risk1963conductor
Take Me Over1963arranger and conductor

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Honky Tonk Freeway1981
The Optimists of Nine Elms1973
Live and Let Die1973music score
Pulp1972
With a Little Help from my Friends1969TV Movie music by
The Family Way1966uncredited
Ferry Cross the Mersey1964
Calculated Risk1963
Take Me Over1963
Crooks Anonymous1962

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
MIRA Protocol2016Short completedEsteban
Give My Regards to Broad Street1984Producer
Paul McCartney: Take It Away1982TV MoviePianoplayer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill... - A Live Tribute2002TV Movie event producer - as Sir George Martin
Music for Montserrat1997TV Special documentary producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years2016Documentary This film is dedicated to the memory of
Across the Universe2007very special thanks
Yoshiki Symphonic Concert 2002 with Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra Featuring Violet UK2005Video documentary special thanks
Challenge Anneka1992TV Series thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Time Presents: Milestones 2016 - A Tribute to the Stars We've Lost2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
CNN Newsroom2014TV SeriesHimself
The Man with the Red Horn2014DocumentarySir Georges Martin
The One and Only Cilla Black2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Cilla's Record Producer, 1963-1973 (as Sir George Martin)
Piers Morgan's Life Stories2011TV SeriesHimself
George Harrison: Living in the Material World2011DocumentaryHimself
Arena1998-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Beatles Stories2011DocumentaryHimself
How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
All Together Now2008DocumentaryHimself
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Pop Britannia2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Legends2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Good Morning America1980-2007TV SeriesHimself
Imagine2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Later... With Jools Holland2006TV SeriesHimself
Gloria's Greats2005TV Series documentaryHimself
UK Music Hall of Fame2004TV Series documentary
Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of 'Smile'2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Jubilee Girl2002TV MovieHimself / interviewee
James Bond: A BAFTA Tribute2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Back in the U.S.2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Phil Collins: A Life Less Ordinary2002TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
George Harrison - Der sanfte Beatle2001TV Short documentaryHimself
An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson2001TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
This Is Your Life1980-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Bond Sound: The Music of 0072000Video documentary shortHimself
The Beatles Revolution2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Omnibus1968-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Top Ten2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie1999TV Series documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Céline Dion: Let's Talk About Love1998TV Movie documentary
Profile of a Performing Artist: Sir George Martin1998Documentary shortHimself
In My Life: A Unique Recording Project from Sir George Martin1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHimself
The Rhythm of Life1997-1998TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Abbey Road Story1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Paul McCartney: In the World Tonight1997Video documentaryHimself
Nobody Does It Better: The Music of James Bond1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Music for Montserrat1997TV Special documentaryHimself
Brit Girls1997TV Series documentaryHimself
An Audience with Elton John1997TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The Beatles Anthology1995-1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Record Producer
Brit Awards 19961996TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Rock & Roll1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Pebble Mill at One1994TV SeriesHimself
Cilla's Celebration1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Challenge Anneka1992TV SeriesHimself
The South Bank Show1984-1992TV Series documentaryHimself
The Ghost of Faffner Hall1989TV SeriesHimself
Imagine: John Lennon1988DocumentaryHimself - Beatles' producer
It Was 20 Years Ago Today1987DocumentaryHimself
A Century of Stars: The Story of the Grand Order of Water Rats1984TV Movie documentary
The Compleat Beatles1982Video documentaryHimself - Record Producer
Friday Night, Saturday Morning1979TV SeriesHimself
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
David Frost Salutes the Beatles1975TV Movie documentaryHimself
Whatever Happened to Tin Pan Alley?1972TV Movie documentaryHimself
Anatomy of Pop1971TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Let It Be1970DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
NBC Experiment in Television1970TV SeriesHimself
With a Little Help from my Friends1969TV MovieHimself
All Systems Freeman1968TV SeriesHimself
Now and Then1967TV Series documentary shortHimself
Our World1967TV Movie documentaryHimself (United Kingdom segment)
The Music of Lennon & McCartney1965TV Special documentaryHimself
Ferry Cross the Mersey1964Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1963TV SeriesHimself
Here Come the Girls1963TV SeriesHimself
Spectacular1960TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years2016DocumentaryHimself
Six O'Clock News2016TV SeriesHimself
The Beatles: 12015VideoHimself (segment "A Day in the Life") (uncredited)
Ringo Starr: Photographer2015Documentary shortHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Record Producer
Stayin' Alive - 50 Jahre Bee Gees2013DocumentaryHimself
When Albums Ruled the World2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
John Lennon: Love Is All You Need2010Video documentaryHimself (as Sir George Martin)
Who Buried Paul McCartney?2005Documentary shortHimself
Georgie Fame 60 år2003TV Movie
Wingspan2001TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Beatles Story1996DocumentaryHimself
You Can't Do That! The Making of 'A Hard Day's Night'1995Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012Gold Badge AwardBASCA Gold Badge Awards· Paul Carrack
· Mark Cooper
· Jude Kelly
· Nick Mason
· Mandy Oates
· Nigel Ogden
· Caroline Redman Lusher
· Chris Welch
· John Williams
2008GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaThe Beatles in 'Love' (2006)· Giles Martin (producer)
2002Lifetime Achievement AwardWorld Soundtrack Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974GrammyGrammy AwardsAlbum of Best Original Score Written for a Motion PictureLive and Let Die (1973)· Paul McCartney
· Linda McCartney
1970GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television ShowYellow Submarine (1968)· John Lennon
· Paul McCartney
· George Harrison
1965OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or TreatmentA Hard Day's Night (1964)


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#Fact
1Preparing a Beatles musical extravaganza show for Las Vegas. Though not directly involved, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and the family of the late George Harrison have given their support. Premiere scheduled for 2007. [October 2006]
2Awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's Honours List. [December 1995]
3Although already an accomplished pianist, Martin started to learn the guitar in order to communicate better with the Beatles, none of whom played the piano well when they started working with him. In return, they all started to improve their piano playing by buying a piano each. By Martin's own admission, they learned the piano better than he managed to learn the guitar.
4Founded 'Air-Edel Recording Studios' with Herman Edel in 1969.
5Father of Gregory Paul Martin and Giles Martin.
6He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1996 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Music.
7Inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. The award was presented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown. [November 2006]
8Winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1984.
9After the "Get Back" debacle in early 1969, Martin began recording less with the Beatles, for the first time in six years; producer's duties were often filled in by Alan Parsons. Martin agreed to return for the "Abbey Road" sessions, however, on the band's promise that everyone would work together "like the old days".
10Along with producing the Beatles' recordings, Martin often joined them on the playing end, adding keyboards to their lineup - thus becoming the real "Fifth Beatle" if there ever was one.
11While Martin worked mostly hand-and-glove with Paul McCartney musically, he often found John Lennon's musical ideas considerably challenging. Martin always met the challenge, though, contributing the orchestral windup to the mix of "A Day In The Life", and the use of old circus pipes recordings in "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite".
12When Martin met John Lennon in Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he took Lennon to task for some critical comments he'd made about Martin, published in "Rolling Stone". Lennon gave Martin a rare apology, and praised him for his dedication and hard work. (For Lennon's part, his "Rolling Stone" comments did include "George made us what we were in the studio," and "He helped us develop a language to talk to [other] musicians.")
13Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (under the category Non-Performer) in 1999.

#Quote
1The very first records we made were just on two-track and then we had the great advance of four-track. We were able to actually overdub and start putting secondary voices on and guitar solos at a later stage and that kind of thing.
2[on "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins] One of the best pop songs, I think, ever written.
3[on "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"] Looking back on Pepper, it was quite an icon. It probably did change the face of recording so it became a different kind of art form.
4Tape and electronics have brought enormous new feel to music. It's surprising what you can do once you have a sound recorded on tape.
5[on Phil Spector's controversial overdubs to the "Let It Be" record] It was so uncharacteristic of The Beatles. It went against everything The Beatles wanted to do with the record. He tried to use the same techniques that he used on other people's records, and it didn't work. I could understand why Paul (Paul McCartney) got so mad over it.
6Without Pet Sounds, Sgt Pepper wouldn't have happened . . . Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds.
7If there is one person I would have to select as a living genius of pop music, it would be Brian Wilson.

#Trademark
1Bringing classical methods and orchestrations into pop recordings
2His sophisticated production style - he is responsible for some of the Beatles' most famous sounds
3Deep authoritative voice and received pronunciation English accent

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