Entertainment

OPINION: Beatles icons only with a little help from a friend

THE title of the "Fifth Beatle" is often thrown around, but there was only one man who truly earned the honour.

In a year when so many music legends have passed away, the death of Beatles producer Sir George Martin closes another chapter in the band's history.

Without him, I wonder whether The Beatles would have progressed from their early rock'n'roll phase to create some of the most iconic music of the 1960s.

Indeed, the "mop-tops" as we know them wouldn't have existed were it not for Martin's suggestion Ringo Starr replace original drummer Pete Best after their initial recording trial at Abbey Road.

A father figure to the boys, Martin guided the band through their biggest hits.

Without producer Sir George Martin, The Beatles may never have become icons of the music industry.
Without producer Sir George Martin, The Beatles may never have become icons of the music industry. AAP

In a statement, Paul McCartney paid tribute to "the most generous, intelligent and musical person I've ever had the pleasure to know".

It was Martin who suggested a string quartet be added to McCartney's first solo Beatles recording, Yesterday.

He also oversaw the string arrangements which gave Eleanor Rigby a haunting, melancholic beauty.

As The Beatles became more involved in psychedelic culture, Martin's technical expertise allowed their creativity to blossom.

Together they pushed the boundaries of modern music with songs like Strawberry Fields Forever and A Day in the Life.

When the band was at breaking point and relationships within the group at their lowest, Martin pulled them together to produce their final tour de force, Abbey Road.

The music of The Beatles has formed the soundtrack of my life and the lives of millions of others.

It's sad to see such an important and iconic figure in the music industry pass away, but he leaves a lasting legacy.

As The Beatles once sang, "and in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make".

Topics:  column opinion the beatles



Tributes flow after Rocky icon dies doing what he loves

Howard Weier (right) and David Britten in their original summer uniforms and saddled up with a packhorse will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of The Battle of Beersheba.

Rockhampton councillor says Howard Weier will be missed by many

Rocky man tries to help family make ends meet; ends up in court

Hayden Anthony Reynolds, 20, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court last week to three counts of stealing and three of fraud.

Hayden Anthony Reynolds sold stolen goods to Cash Converters

WATCH: Panorama Dr opens a new gateway for Cap Coast

Panorama Drive: Darumbal elder Aunty Sally Vea Vea,Keppel MP Brittany Lauga, Mayor Bill Ludwig and JRT Civil Director Jason Thomasson open Panorama Drive.

$30m project unveiled this weekend

Local Partners

Meghan and Harry’s public debut

MEGHAN Markle has joined her royal beau at the opening of the Invictus Games for their first public appearance together.

PHOTOS: Elton John wowed the crowds in Mackay

Elton John at BBPrint Stadium on September 22, 2017

Elton John and his Band open their Once in a Lifetime tour in Mackay

Mum Kris responds to Kylie Jenner's pregnancy bombshell

There are reports 20-year-old Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the reality show family, is expecting a child with her boyfriend Travis Scott. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

Is there another addition coming to the Jenner-Kardashian clan?

Documentary exposes our worst phone habits

Five young Australian drivers demonstrate disturbing driving habits in documentary It's People Like Us.

A shocking number of us are guilty of this very stupid act.

Pippa gets married and then cuts her hair. Typical

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews kiss after their wedding at St Mark's Church in Englefield, England Saturday, May 20, 2017. Middleton, the sister of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge married hedge fund manager James Matthews in a ceremony Saturday where her niece and nephew Prince George and Princess Charlotte was in the wedding party, along with sister Kate and princes Harry and William. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)

Why do women cut their hair after marriage?

What's on the small screen this week

Tim Ross and Ben Mingay host the new TV series Cannonball.

AUSSIES jump into Cannonball and paranoia takes hold in Samoa.

Quins mum: 'Hey Miranda Kerr, want to wife-swap with me?'

Kim Tucci is a mum of quintuplets

Mum of quintuplets has a hilarious response to Miranda Kerr