Martin touches a statue of John Lennon in a park in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, during his visit to Cuba.
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Legendary British record producer George Martin, who turned the Beatles into the best-selling band in history, has died aged 90, his family said Wednesday, as tributes poured in for "a giant of music".Paul McCartney – the only other surviving member of the band signed up by Martin in 1962 – penned a tribute, calling him "a true gentleman" and "a second father".Martin was born on Jan. 3, 1926, the son carpenter of a from north London, and learned to play the piano as a teenager, dreaming of becoming a composer and performer like Sergei Rachmaninov.Martin quickly realized the Beatles' potential after first hearing them in 1962 .Martin described the creative process of "A Day In The Life" during a 2012 interview with the Wall Street Journal.After the band split, Martin went on to work with other artists including Bob Dylan, Sting and Elton John.
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