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George Martin
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. George Martin explains that, in 1954, what was true about singer/songwriters?

2. What happened to many of the labels at EMI, following World War II, according to George Martin?

3. George Martin's fairy godfather helped him to gain admission to which school?

4. At the time George Martin took over Parlophone, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton, and Peggy Lee were signed with which American label?

5. Whom does George Martin refer to as his fairy godfather?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Beatles come to change drummers before achieving success and fame, letting Pete Best go in favor of Ringo Starr?

2. Early in Chapter 1, why were the Beatles in Paris?

3. What was the danger behind the giggling fits of George Martin and Peter Sellers while recording comedy bits at the studio?

4. What was the atmosphere at Parlophone immediately following the retirement of Oscar Preuss, as described by George Martin at the beginning of Chapter 5?

5. How did George Martin come to record "At the Drop of a Hat" with Donald Swann and Michael Flanders, and what was unusual about the recording method he used?

6. At the beginning of Chapter 4, what were George Martin's criticisms of what he described as a lovely villa in Portugal?

7. What events led to the purchase of Capitol Records by Sir Joseph Lockwood, and what artists did EMI gain as a result of the purchase?

8. How, according to George Martin in Chapter 6, did the role of a producer change from the 1950s to the time "All You Need Is Ears" was published, in 1979?

9. Why did George Martin's childhood piano lessons end after only eight sessions, and how did he continue to improve his skill?

10. How does George Martin describe the collaborative writing style of John Lennon and Paul McCartney?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss George Martin's choices, regarding what to include and what to exclude from "All You Need Is Ears". For example, he includes a lengthy description, in Chapter 5, about how he destroyed EMI's relationship with a lesser-known artist, the conductor of The Scottish Festival of Male Voice Praise, and yet he makes no mention of the milestone event, the breakup of the Beatles.

Essay Topic 2

Compile a list of famous names in "All You Need Is Ears" that may be unfamiliar to Americans or to younger readers. Create a brief byline for each person, indicating why he or she is famous. Should subsequent editions of the book contain footnotes, elaborating on these celebrities' claims to fame?

Essay Topic 3

How did George Martin's fairy godfather, Sidney Harrison, prove to be a major, recurring influence in his life?

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