University to Honor Sir George Martin - 9-24-08 Sept 24, 2008 23:32:35 GMT -5
Post by yerblues1968 on Sept 24, 2008 23:32:35 GMT -5
Sir George Martin at the Chan, UBC.
UNIVERSITY TO HONOR FIFTH BEATLE
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The fifth Beatle, Sir George Martin, will be recognised by an Irish university for his lifetime contribution to the world of music as a producer and arranger.
Sir George will receive the James Joyce Award by University College Dublin's Literary and Historical Society on Friday.
He joins other world greats honoured by the L&H including Hollywood star Will Ferrell, author JK Rowling, actor Ralph Fiennes, United Nation's weapons inspector Hans Blix and former South African president FW De Klerk.
Previous recipients of the James Joyce Award were actors Will Ferrell and Ralph Fiennes.
The award is named after one of the society's most notable alumni and is presented to individuals who have achieved considerable success in the course of their lives and careers. Every Taoiseach and President has addressed the society since it began.
Ian Hastings, of the UCD L&H Society, said Sir George was instrumental in providing the world with some of the finest music of our time.
"His work with The Beatles and a host of other artists represents a truly invaluable contribution to music history, and as such is most deserving of the James Joyce Award," he added.
The record producer, music arranger and composer is often referred to as the fifth Beatle due to his work on The Beatles' records.
He's also considered one of the greatest record producers of all time and in 1996 was made a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to the music industry and popular culture.
The following year Sir George, 72, produced and scored Sir Elton John's best-selling single Candle In The Wind, which was a tribute to the Princess Diana.
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