Mark Wirtz, 76, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020, in Springfield, GA.
Mark Wirtz was born September 3, 1943 in Strasbourg, France and was raised in Cologne, Germany. He then moved to London to study art when he began working as a music producer at Abbey Road studios with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick in the mid to late 60’s.
Mark is best known for his concept album, A Teenage Opera, and won an Ivor Novello Award in 1968 for Grocer Jack, an excerpt from A Teenage Opera. In 1970 Mark moved to Los Angeles where he was signed by Capitol Records as a songwriter/artist/producer.
After retiring, he spent his later years in Savannah writing, painting and still taking on the occasional musical project.
Surviving family includes: his wife, Amanda Wirtz of Port Wentworth GA; siblings, Gerlinda Sasse and Michael Wirtz, both of Cologne, Germany; daughter, Charmaine Wirtz of Munich, Germany; daughter, Nicole Wirtz of Barcelona, Spain; and daughters, Lara Wilson and Leesa Carville in Carrollton, KY and West Palm Beach, FL respectively.
A private memorial was held at Riggs Funeral Home in Guyton, GA.
The family suggests any remembrances be made in his memory to the Dementia Society of America.