BEATLES' producer George Martin is to get an honorary degree from Oxford University.

Sir George is sometimes referred to as the “fifth Beatle,” thanks to his work producing all but one of The Beatles’ albums.

A former Head of EMI’s Parlophone Records and Founder and Chairman of the Associated Independent Recording Studios, he is considered one of the great music producers with more than 700 recordings to his credit and 30 number-one hits over more than 50 years.

Sir George said: “I am delighted to receive this accolade from Oxford University.

"I’ve been lucky enough to work with brilliant collaborators from many fields of music and the arts in my life, and am honoured to be joining the distinguished ranks of those receiving honorary degrees at Oxford.”

His career as composer and producer has spanned classical music, comedy and stage acts including Ella Fitzgerald, Flanders and Swann, and Peter Sellers, and film soundtracks including the theme songs to Bond movies Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. He has won two Ivor Novello and six Grammy awards.