Beatles Producer George Martin Dies at 90

Martin, who produced much of the Beatles’ classic catalog, died at the age of 90.

Music producer Sir George Martin attends the fifth anniversary celebration of ‘The Beatles Love' by Cirque du Soleil show in 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - George Martin, who produced much of the Beatles' classic catalog, has died at the age of 90.

The cause of death has not yet been made public.

Ringo Starr reported the news on Twitter. "God bless George Martin," he wrote late Tuesday night.

"Peace and love to Judy and his family, love Ringo and Barbara. George will be missed."

God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed xxx 😎✌️🌟💖☮

Thank you for all your love and kindness George peace and love xx😎✌️🌟💖

Martin not only signed the Beatles to their first record contract in 1962 but went on to work extensively with them on the vast majority of music they recorded over the next eight years, from Love Me Do to the majestic suite that wrapped up Abbey Road.

One of the group's most famous names John Lennon, had during the Beatles prime said Martin played a major role in developing their music.

"George Martin made us what we were in the studio. He helped us develop a language to talk to other musicians."

Martin was born on 3 January, 1926 in Highbury, London.