From respected artists to ordinary music fans and politicians, anyone for whom music is important to their lives paused and reflected on the passing of the man who came to be known as ‘the fifth Beatle’.
Fittingly it was Ringo Starr, one of the two surviving Beatles, who told the world of Sir George’s death, announcing the news on his Twitter feed at 4.19am on Thursday.
"He was hitting her and we fought with him in the hall.
A Giant.” Hackett said: “I'm sad to hear about the death of George Martin.
"He had a very great musical knowledge and background so he translated for us and suggested a lot of things which he did.
'Look chaps, I thought of this, this afternoon and I came up with this.' And we'd say, 'Oh great, we'll put it on here.' "He taught us a lot and I'm sure we taught him a lot with a primitive musical knowledge." But there were tensions following the break-up of the band as to how much credit Sir George should receive.
"The police were great once they arrived," said Mr Starr.
"But it's the same old story: we don't have enough officers patrolling rural areas to stop things like this happening." A police spokesman said that about 15 minutes earlier, a man attempted to get into an occupied car close to Mr Starr's home.