The Music Business Association (Music Biz) has announced this year's inductees for its Music Business Hall of Fame, including the late Sir George Martin, who will be inducted by his son Giles Martin. This year's honorees will be recognized during the Music Biz 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner -- sponsored by BuzzAngle Music, City National Bank, Cracker Barrel, Jammber, and TiVo -- as part of Music Biz's Annual Conference on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
In addition to Sir George Martin, this year's Hall of Fame ceremony will recognize major record labels Atlantic Records and Capitol Records; independent record label Sub Pop; industry executives Ahmet Ertegun, Herb Abramson and Miriam Abramson; music industry landmarks the Apollo Theatre, CBGB,Hitsville U.S.A., Sun Studio, and the Troubadour; and Rolling Stone magazine.
The Music Business Hall of Fame is reserved for the individuals, organizations and places that have left an indelible impact on the industry and that serve as shining examples for those who hope to carry the industry into the future. Hall of Fame inductees are selected annually by the Music Biz Board of Directors, which consists of top executives from a wide cross-section of the industry including major and independent labels and distributors, digital music services, wholesalers, and independent record stores.
"With the introduction of the Hall of Fame at last year's Music Biz Conference, we sought to recognize the inspiration of those industry stalwarts who came before us and laid the groundwork for the vibrant industry we are now a part of," commented Music Biz President James Donio. "We believe the slate of inductees who will be honored at this year's ceremony represent the gamut of some of the most influential names in our industry's history. And, we are especially thrilled to welcome Giles to this year's celebration as we honor his father's legacy."
Across a legendary career spanning more than 50 years, Sir George Martin's hallmark orchestrations and innovative recording techniques helped to shape popular music. In 1950, Martin began recording Classical music, before broadening his scope with Comedy, Jazz, and Pop. In 1955, he Head of the Parlophone label, and it was there in 1962 that Martin signed The Beatles, launching an astonishing partnership that revolutionized studio recording forever. At London's Abbey Road Studios, his own AIR Studios, and elsewhere, Martin also worked with comedians Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Flanders and Swann, and the 'Beyond the Fringe' team of Jonathan Miller, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Alan Bennett; jazz artists Stan Getz, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, and Humphrey Lyttelton; and pop and rock artists Gerry & the Pacemakers, Shirley Bassey, Cilla Black, America, Jeff Beck, Kenny Rogers, Cheap Trick, Little River Band, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Sting, Michael Jackson, Kate Bush, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Pete Townshend, and Elton John, among many others.
Before retiring in 2006, Martin produced several Beatles catalog releases, including Let It Be... Naked and The Beatles 1, and collaborated with his son Giles to co-produce several projects, including The Beatles' Anthology, The Glory of Gershwin, In My Life, and the innovative remixed audio and GRAMMY-winning album for The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil®, the record-breaking show delighting audiences at The Mirage in Las Vegas since 2006. Martin won six GRAMMY Awards, and he holds the record as the producer with the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 23.
Giles Martin is a GRAMMY-winning producer, composer, and arranger who has helmed a diverse range of music entertainment projects. He is Universal Music Group's Global Head of Audio & Sound, Sound Experience Leader for SONOS, Executive Music Director for INXS and Petrol Records, and Musical Director for The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil. Martin produced The Beatles' acclaimed Anniversary Editions for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017) and The BEATLES ('White Album') (2018), creating new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes for both albums and presenting them with rare demos and session recordings. He also took his 'Sgt. Pepper' mix into the immersive surround sound of Dolby Atmos, a feat he replicated with his 30th-anniversary mix of INXS' Kick. Martin's film work includes Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, Martin Scorsese's George Harrison: Living in the Material World, and the Kingsman franchise. Martin will attend the Hall of Fame ceremony fresh off his work producing the music and soundtrack for the upcoming Sir Elton John biopic Rocketman.
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