Visionary producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician Sir George Martin passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 90. He’ll be lovingly remembered for seeing the potential in The Beatles, giving them their first recording contract, and going on to produce every single one of their albums, save for Let It Be (produced by Phil Spector). A beautiful example of Martin’s desire to experiment can be heard in his arrangement for “Eleanor Rigby” (the visuals of this video are from the 1984 flop “Give My Regards to Broad Street”), for which surprisingly no band member played an instrument. Lifting McCartney, Lennon and Harrison’s voices are two string quartets, to form a piercing meditation on solitude unlike any rock’n’roll or classical song before it.
The Beatles: Eleanor Rigby