The extended Beatles world has been dealt a particularly cruel blow with the news of the sudden death of the group's legendary recording engineer Geoff Emerick, who died yesterday (October 2nd) of a heart attack at age 72, according to Reverb.com. Emerick, who began working at EMI Studios — later renamed Abbey Road Studios — at only 15-years-old, witnessed the Beatles' first official recording session on September 4th, 1962. When the group's original engineer Norman Smith was promoted and began producing Pink Floyd, the 20-year-old Emerick — who had previously engineered Manfred Mann's classic UK chart-topper “Pretty Flamingo” — became the band's engineer under producer George Martin and with his groundbreaking techniques on 1966's Revolver, literally redefined the way all future music would be recorded and heard from there on out.
In all, Emerick's work played a crucial part in such Beatles' classics as Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine, The “White Album,” Abbey Road, The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl, and The Beatles Anthology sets. He served as the engineer on the Beatles' two 1995 reunion songs “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love.” He went on to work on numerous Paul McCartney projects, including the albums Band On The Run, London Town, Tug Of War, Pipes Of Peace, Give My Regards To Broad Street, Flowers In The Dirt, Unplugged (The Unofficial Bootleg), Paul Is Live, Flaming Pie, Run Devil Run, Driving Rain, Memory Almost Full, and most recently, Good Evening New York City.
Emerick won Best Engineered Recording, Non Classical Grammy Awards for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road — along with Paul McCartney & Wings' Band On The Run. In addition to engineering records for countless artists, including America, Cheap Trick, Mott The Hoople, Robin Trower, Jeff Beck, Supertramp, Nazareth, the Zombies, UFO, and many others, Emerick served as the producer for Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Split Enz, Badfinger, Chris Bell, Art Garfunkel, and Echo And The Bunnymen, among others.
In 2006 he published his memoir, Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording The Music Of The Beatles with co-author Howard Massey.
Geoff Emerick first met the Beatles in 1962 during his second day on the job, while the group was recording its debut single, “Love Me Do.” He told us that he was immediately struck by how unique their humor and personalities were: “They were down in the studio. 'Cause it was the second day that I had been there. And I just liked the vibe, y'know the happy vibe. It was completely different, because it's like their attitude was against the establishment — although (producer) George Martin had some decorum within the control room, an air of decorum. And it's like these kids down in the studio clowning around, y'know?”
Source: Pulse of Radio