George Martin’s Death Stirs Up Apparitions Of Bygone Legends

Other than perhaps being known for alarming people over the “death” of George RR. Martin, George Martin’s name has been constantly circulating the press as being the fifth of the “fab four.”

But another angle to play with would be that his death could redirect some attention to the famous people of the past who are no longer with us but are notable for changing the entertainment industry.

For instance, among many reports, The Inquisitr also makes mention of other projects George Martin was involved in, though little known for.

One mention is that of comedian Peter Sellers, who is best known as Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther movies, although with every year that passes, his presence appears to be fading fast. Especially with a lot of his comedy being considered racist against today’s standards.

The way the AV Club describes the relationship between George Martin and Sellers is that much of his involvement with the “erratic” comedian took place when he was coming more into his own, as the only comedy albums he ever made were with Martin in the production booth.

There is no doubt that due to the changing times and the entertainment of that time, his work was shaking up the industry with surreal and edgy humor.

But from the beginning of Peter Seller’s work as a comedian, George Martin was there cutting his teeth with production while staying within the realms of radio and classical music work.

It’s also been the view that without George Martin’s interest in The Beatles, music would be very different today. But Sellers and Martin would continue to work together, even committing to parodying Martin’s “bread and butter.”

According to Paul McCartney, George Martin was a gentleman, and as noted when The Inquisitr wrote about the confrontational relationship between The Beatles and the producer — which is said to have started from the get go when they first met — there’s no indication that the engineer ever lost his temper.

In comparison however, Sellers was known to be difficult and over-the-top in real-life.

But another screen legend who Martin worked with was Judy Garland.

As an in-demand producer, it would be expected that he would be working with major talent and in the same week of George Martin’s death, a “banned” performance of Garland was released, which was said to be “too dark” for viewing and was cut from the air.

Classicalite explained in more detail what caused the banning and also explained how this might have essentially lead to her death.

George Martin’s involvement was with her London recordings at Abbey Road Studios between 1957 and 1964, which were apparently really recorded in 1960 after her near-death experience from Hepatitis.

The recordings would not be released for years, and The Philadelphia Inquirerposted a review when the set was released in 2011.

Gerald Clarke’s controversial biography, Get Happy — which is said to be in the works to be turned into a film with Anne Hathaway as a possibility for the lead role — apparently documents her praise for London as the place she would like to live following her illness and the reception she received.

Abbey Road Studios in London
George Martin recorded Juddy Garland's sessions at this Abbey Road Studio, which is best known for recording Beatles records. [Image by MMasterweiss via Wikimedia | Public Domain

George Martin certainly didn’t have a reputation for working with troubled stars as the amount of talent he did work with, is so overwhelming that it overshadows the negative.

And certainly as a producer who was constantly busy, he had no time or reason to engage them directly or if he did, not for too long.

But he did work with Dudley Moore for Beyond The Fringe which began in 1960-61, the same — one of many — turbulent years for Garland.

It would be Peter Cook and Dudley Moore who initially formed the comedy group Beyond The Fringe, with whom Martin already had a relationship with, especially Peter Cook from prior work

George Martin already had the experience of working with The Goon Show nearly a decade before, which featured the already mentioned Peter Sellers, but with the combined work of music and comedy, the combination clearly worked and established the up-and-comer comedian.

Dudley Moore is best known as the lead role of Arthur, which was later remade in 2011 with Russell Brand. This was also the case with Peter Sellers for The Pink Panther role which was continued with Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin.

Sure, George Martin’s death spotlights the already infamous and always talked about British band, but the other icons were relevant in their accomplishments, and perhaps deserve mention?

[Featured image by Eric Carpenter via Wikimedia | Public Domain]