Sir George recipient of â€œStarry Nightâ€ award from Recording Academy By Kat Kramer for Hollywood Today
HOLLYWOOD, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) 7/5/08 â€” On July 12, The Grammy Foundation will honor Sir George Martin on the USC campus. It is the signature, annual â€œStarry Nightâ€ â€“ a special benefit dinner and concert. Sir George is a legendary, six-time GRAMMY winner, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1996. He is best known to the world as â€œThe Beatlesâ€ who signed them, and produced and arranged most all Beatles records.
Â The president of the Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow will present the award to Martin on â€œStarry Night.â€ â€œThroughout his legendary career, Sir George has had an impact on music and popular culture that is immeasurable,â€ said Portnow. â€œWe look forward to paying tribute to a man who has had an indelible influence on generations of music lovers around the world.â€
According to Grammy Foundation board chair Steve Schnur, â€œSir Georgeâ€™s celebrated career has extended far beyond the recording studio. His is a lifetime commitment to both music and humanity, and it is only fitting that this yearâ€™s foundation leadership award honors one of the most iconic figures in music history.â€
Martin is currently in pre-production with PBS and Wildheart Entertainment on the eight-part prime-time showcase series, â€œOn The Record: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.â€ This unique program traces the history of recorded music and its major impact on our popular culture. It will be hosted by Martin and narrated by two-time Academy-Award winning actor Kevin Spacey, and is slated to air on PBS nationally in fall 2010.
The star-studded line-up for â€œStarry Nightâ€ includes Jeff Beck, Chris Botti, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Dave Grusin, Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, Michael McDonald, and a few surprises. The dinner chairs include Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, and Olivia Harrison. Tickets start at $750 – and the gala will take place at McCarthy Quad on The University of Southern California campus.
The Grammy Foundationâ€™s annual signature gala â€œStarry Nightâ€ is presented by Gibson Foundation. On July 11, also at USC, there will be a special multimedia presentation by Martin on â€œThe Making Of Sgt. Pepperâ€ sponsored in part by Best Buy.