George Martin visits Brian Wilson

“If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain.”

In the mid-1990s, Sir George Martin drove a flash red 1960s Cadillac convertible to Brian Wilson’s southern California home. (I love George’s summer fedora.) The BBC recorded his visit on videotape.

There the two musical geniuses played with the source tapes from Brian’s beautiful song, “God Only Knows”. Watch and listen to two old masters.

Who are these old codgers? Sir George Martin recorded, occasionally played accompaniment, and produced every Beatles recording. That’s Sir George playing harpsichord on “In My Life”.  It was he who gave the Beatles their first shot at recording for EMI.  Brian Wilson wrote, played guitar, sang, arranged, and produced almost every Beach Boys recording.

These two men, the Beatles and the Beach Boys, together with Phil Spector, owned the radio airwaves in the 1960s. What a treat to see these two together.

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