Everyone who gets to success needs talent (maybe even genius), timing, luck and help. A person who believes in them, and a person who knows the ropes and hopefully has power to get things done. Brian Epstein believed in the Beatles, and though he wasn't a great businessman, he stuck with them as they dealt with gigs and contracts and then success. But George Martin discovered them musically, and became a participant in the music they made for their entire career as a group.
Every record company in England had rejected the Beatles. George Martin was the producer and director of a tiny offshoot of a huge conservative company. He'd mostly produced comedy records. But somehow Epstein found him, got him to see the lads. And they charmed him. He liked them before he liked their music.
It was "Please Please Me." I defy anyone even today to sit completely still while listening to it. Or to avoid smiling.
McCartney was the one former Beatle who later return to work with Martin as producer on several of his albums. McCartney also got him the gig to arrange the theme song for the Bond film "Live and Let Die." The movie's producers were so pleased with it that they asked Martin to write the music for the entire film.
Though Sir George Martin came to look and sound like the personification of the English gentleman, he came from poverty deeper than that in any of the Beatles' homes. He did not need degrees from prestigious universities or training with the greats. He taught himself to read and write music.
piece on George Martin and the Beatles, and another on his post-Beatles work. Great feature of Internet articles is the musical and film examples they include. There were lots of listicules of the author's favorite Beatles productions. Surprisingly there's not alot on YouTube, but I like this video on "Please, Please Me" and other early Beatles.
May he rest in peace. His work lives on.