George Martin discusses meeting the Beatles in newly revealed clip


George Martin’s son Giles has posted a heartwarming clip of the late producer reminiscing about his introduction to the Beatles. “Well, that’s a silly name to begin with,” he remembers saying.

Martin arranged an audition session on June 6, 1962, after they were memorably turned down by Decca Records. He decided that the original Beatles songs were still mediocre, but held great promise.

“I met them in London and when I listened to them…it was okay, but it wasn’t great,” Martin told his granddaughter in a Twitter Video posted below. “But the magic came when I got to know them because they were awfully good people.”

Martin connected with the band’s sense of humor, after asking if there was anything they didn’t like. George Harrison joked, “I don’t like your tie.” So, Martin arranged another session on September 4, 1962, where the Beatles arrived with a new drummer named Ringo Starr.

Two of the songs they cut with Martin that day would become cornerstones for their early career, “Love Me Do” and “Please Please Me”.

“They were funny, they were very smart…and they were the kind of people you liked to be with,” adds Martin. “So I thought, ‘If I feel that way for them, other people will feel the same way for them. So, therefore, they should be very popular.”

Martin continued to produce all Beatles albums until the 1970s So be it, then supervised the post-production of the Anthology scrapbooks. He has directed solo projects for Paul McCartney and Starr, while also working with Jeff Beck, America, Cheap Trick, UFO and others. Martin’s last major Beatles-related project dates back to 2006 To like, a radical remix of their work done with Giles. He died in March 2016 at the age of 90.

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