‘It’s priceless’: Video shows Beatles producer George Martin revealing why he signed the band
The Beatles are arguably one of the greatest boy bands in history. However, with the Fab Four, a lot of credit is also given to their producer Sir George Martin, who signed the rock band and helped them achieve worldwide success.
Now, in a new video, the endearing reason for his offer to musicians is melting hearts online.
In the sweet moment that went viral, Giles Martin, son of the late Beatles producer, shared footage of his father talking about his first encounter with the band to his granddaughter. The legendary record producer can be heard reminiscing about the time and telling the young girl that even though they weren’t “brilliant” at first, why did he sign them.
Listing many attributes that moved Sir Martin, he recalled: “They were funny, they were very smart, they all said nice things, they were the kind of people you liked to be with.”
“When I listened to what they did, it was good but it wasn’t great,” he said politely. “But the magic came when I got to know them, because they were awfully good people to know,” he continued.
“So I thought well, if I feel that way about them, other people will feel that way about them, so they should be pretty popular,” the legendary producer, who died in 2016, said of the Fab Four.
Normally I don’t share anything personal, but it’s my dad explaining to my daughter that he signed the Beatles. Ordinary people do extraordinary things. Big decisions are made for the simplest reasons. “I thought if I liked them so much, other people could too” ❤️ pic.twitter.com/j4bf96b4zS
– Gilles Martin (@mashupmartin) January 19, 2022
The revered English record producer, arranger and composer, who played a pivotal role in promoting The Beatles to the world stage, was nicknamed the “Fifth Beatle”.
The old man also recalled how he thought the group’s name was “silly”. “Who would want a group with the name ‘Beetles’?” he heard his child say. But soon revealed, “It’s ‘Beatles’ with an ‘A’ in it, like ‘Beat-les’.”
Unsurprisingly, the video got a lot of attention from music lovers around the world, who loved the interaction and anecdote Martin had to offer.
It is priceless. https://t.co/leRGkQmDMC
—Neelesh Misra (@neeleshmisra) January 20, 2022
Well, it’s absolutely, absolutely beautiful. Thank you @mashupmartin to share this. 🖤 https://t.co/ua45Qvkez4
— Amanda Abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) January 20, 2022
Coaches can learn a lot from George Martin when watching young players. The Beatles were “OK, but not brilliant” when he first heard them. They have become legendary. Don’t judge a player on their performance NOW, imagine what they could become https://t.co/UlWlm7d0uD
—Kelly Cross (@guv61) January 20, 2022
It’s so wonderful, Giles. Your dad produced an album in the 80s for Kenny Rogers that included a song I wrote with the great Jeremy Lubbock. I met your dad at the studio and he was warm, complimentary and the ultimate mensch.
—Richard Marx (@richardmarx) January 20, 2022
I cried. Thanks for sharing.
—Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) January 19, 2022
Somehow, hearing him describe them as “terribly good people” melts my heart.
Thanks for posting this.
—Michael Ordona (@MichaelOrdona) January 19, 2022
It was good, but it wasn’t great 🤩
—Brighty (@Mark__Bright) January 19, 2022
Thanks, that’s wonderful. I would like to point out that your daughter fully plays her role here by being such a good listener.
— Ian Leslie (@mrianleslie) January 19, 2022
Thanks for that. I understand this is personal to you, and your lovely daughter is precious, but it’s also a bit of history that reveals something important about one of the greatest bands of all time: they were nice people that other people liked to be with.
— Lisa McCormick (She’s one of us!) (@LisaMcCormickNJ) January 20, 2022
Love it. Your father also signed with my uncle’s group, the Monograms, three years before the arrival of these whippersnappers from Liverpool! My 86-year-old uncle (Rod, right) living in Canada remembers him as a kind and charismatic guy. pic.twitter.com/ziW2B02XiB
— Candace (@candace_tg_k) January 19, 2022
It actually brought tears to my eyes. I’m a big Beatles fan and therefore a big fan and admirer of your father. He obviously saw something special in them and I believe George M was the magic ingredient that made them so amazing. Thanks for sharing Gilles.
—Wordtiger (@cathycomps3) January 19, 2022
He also wrote the best Bond movie soundtrack of all time. I’ve been one of my regular rotation favorites since I was a kid. Also, the first album I ever bought when I was a kid. pic.twitter.com/WcqWgxoGyl
— Phil Payne (@Wire_Smooth) January 20, 2022