60 years ago this week, on May 9th, 1962, Beatles manager Brian Epstein played producer George Martin the group’s demo. Martin was really unimpressed by the recordings, but he was interested enough to arrange a live audition for the future Rock & Roll Hall of Famers.
George Martin once commented about being more impressed by The Beatles’ personalities than their music: "What set The Beatles apart for me, what turned me onto them, wasn't their music. Because they didn't show any evidence, when I first met them, of being able to write truly great songs. The best they could give me was 'One After 909' or 'PS I Love You' or 'Love Me Do,' but that was it. No, it was their sense of humor. It was their charm, their... they had a kind of charisma that you felt good being with them. And I thought, 'Well, if they have this effect on me, they're going to have that effect on the rest of the world."
The Beatles auditioned for Martin on June 6th, 1962, in studio three at EMI ( the future Abbey Road). Martin later produced every Beatles album, with his final project for them being the Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas production Love in 2006.
George’s son Giles Martin followed in his father’s footsteps, producing all their archival projects since then. George Martin died in 2016 at age 90.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]