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George Martin
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What record, produced by George Martin, was the first record taken to the moon?
(a) "She's Leaving Home", by the Beatles.
(b) "Tubular Bells", by Mike Oldfield.
(c) "Yesterday", by the Beatles.
(d) "Icarus", by Winter Consort.

2. George Martin and his second wife, Judy Lockhart-Smith, attended the Beatles' fancy dress party for "Magical Mystery Tour" as what characters?
(a) Prince Philip and the Queen.
(b) Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren.
(c) Peter Sellers and Cilla Black.
(d) A nun and a Cockney costermonger.

3. Who found a solution to the noise problem caused by extra tracks multiplying hiss and crackle?
(a) Dr. Ray Dolby.
(b) George Martin.
(c) Thomas Dolby.
(d) Dick James.

4. What password did the Beatles invent, to warn each other about dubious fans approaching?
(a) Gizmo.
(b) Meanies.
(c) Cripples.
(d) Pepper.

5. Why did George Martin ultimately agree, in 1976, to score the "Sergeant Pepper" film featuring the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton?
(a) The Bee Gees asked him to do it.
(b) He desperately needed money.
(c) His wife reminded him that if someone else did the job, he wouldn't be there to defend the music's integrity.
(d) The Beatles asked him to do it.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 8, in George Martin's layer cake metaphor, what was the third layer in a four-track recording?

2. In Chapter 10, which Beatle does George Martin describe as an aural Salvador Dali?

3. In the 1950s studios had A&R men, meaning what?

4. At EMI, what did engineer Charlie Anderson do when a photographer wanted to take pictures of a recording artist in the studio?

5. In Chapter 12, George Martin reveals that he uses his collection of gold, silver, and platinum discs for what purpose?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly summarize George Martin's predictions for the future, as of 1979, regarding the use of digital recording.

2. How did Capitol Records come to take on the Beatles' records, even though they resisted at first?

3. As explained in Chapter 13, how does George Martin respond when asked how to become a successful record producer?

4. What is George Martin's explanation for the song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", contrary to the popular theory that the song is about LSD?

5. In what way was the construction of the first AIR studio innovative, as described in Chapter 14?

6. What was the first film scored by George Martin, and why does he refer to the process as a nightmare?

7. For the film, "The Family Way", what sort of tune did George Martin ask Paul McCartney to write, and what strategy did he employ when Paul McCartney was slow to comply?

8. Discuss two innovations predicted by George Martin in Chapter 15 that have since become reality.

9. Describe the early founding of AIR, Associated Independent Recording.

10. Why did the creators of the James Bond film, "Live and Let Die", want someone other than songwriter Paul McCartney to sing the title song?

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