Howard Talks Passing of Beatles Producer George Martin

Stern Show executive producer Gary Dell'Abate also shares memories of meeting Martin's son, Giles

March 9, 2016
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Howard discussed the news that Beatles producer Sir George Martin passed away at the age of 90 on Tuesday.

Stern Show Executive Producer Gary Dell’Abate recounted his story of meeting Giles Martin, George’s son, one time at a small lunch where Martin confronted him about comments Howard had made on the air that he felt were disparaging.

Howard reiterated that he simply thought it comes off better if the Beatles proclaim George Martin’s important contributions as opposed to Martin saying it himself all the time.

Gary, continuing with the story, remembered how Martin’s son zeroed in on him and became a bit aggressive. “Howard, on the uncomfortable level, it was an 11,” he gauged.

In light of the discussion around claiming credit, Gary always brought up how Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling would always tell everyone that he popularized the terms “anal” and “oral” as a result of not being able to say “anal sex” or “blowjobs” on the air before satellite radio. He also claims that the famous joke Rodney Dangerfield would tell (“She was so ugly she was a two-bagger”) was his as well.

Howard closed out the discussion offering his well-wishes to Martin’s family. “I’m sorry to hear he’s dead … I offer my condolences.”