What a beautiful story about the only person in the world who should truly wear the title "The Fifth Beatle." George Martin was as important to the Beatles as Oliver Hardy was to Stan Laurel -- a perfect combination of genius plus genius. Your story was a wonderful tribute to a tremendous artist and one of the most important figures in popular music history.
-- John Brennan
I found it interesting that you ran articles about Eminem and George Martin on the same day. The two opposing stories help to make a statement about what popular music has become. We've gone from beautifully crafted songs to attention-grabbing rants. The Beatles were raw but talented and interested in growing as musicians; Eminem is just an angry punk who only gets noticed if he makes a big enough noise.
It goes without saying, the Beatles were good but never would have made the impact they did without Martin. Maybe Eminem just needs a better producer to help him put the world into perspective. In the end, George Martin and the Beatles will be with us forever, Eminem will fade into the oblivion he deserves.
-- Jay Milton
Frank Houston's obsequious profile of Sir George Martin rightfully recognizes Sir George's good taste and his inventive studio techniques. But it lacks any semblance of balanced reportage.
These are only a few examples that show that many of the Beatles moments of genius came in spite of Sir George, not because of him.
-- James L. Desper Jr.