Geoff Emerick, Beatles Chief Recording Engineer, Dies at 72


Geoff Emerick, the imaginative recording engineer who was one of many architects of the Beatles' legendary recordings and labored with them on their early hits and their later albums, has died from an enormous coronary heart assault. He was 72. Emerick's loss of life was confirmed by his supervisor William Zabaleta in a press release posted on-line.

“Today, at round 2'o'clock, I used to be making my means again from Arizona to Los Angeles to go decide up Geoff so we might transport some gold data and platinum plaques to our present in Tucson,” Zabaleta stated. “While on the cellphone with Geoff Emerick, he had issues, dropped the cellphone. At that time I known as 911, however by the point they bought there it was too late. So Geoff suffered from coronary heart issues for a very long time. He had a pacemaker and when it's your time, it's your time. We misplaced a legend and a greatest pal to me and a mentor. That's all I can say on the matter.” Emerick was on account of seem at a present Oct. 6 in Tucson known as Emerick's London Revival to speak about his work with the Fab Four.

His agent, David Maida, additionally issued a press release on his web site. “Thank You GEOFF EMERICK for being YOU. Though my coronary heart is damaged, you’ll stay within the hearts of many infinite. I’m SO blessed to have gotten to know you and listen to your fantastic tales together with the numerous laughs. YOU had been a fantastic man in addition to you being such an innovator. I’m additionally completely happy that I known as you SIR Geoff Emerick as you’ll at all times be a real Knight in my e-book. Rest In Peace my expensive pal.”

Remembered as an innovator behind the desk, Emerick was simply 15 when he started working at Abbey Road Studios. He was assistant engineer on such songs as “Love Me Do”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” Just previous to turning 19, he turned the Beatles' major engineer and helmed Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road, and far of Magical Mystery Tour and The Beatles (The White Album), which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its launch this 12 months with an expansive field set.

Later, he labored on recordings with Elvis Costello, Michael Jackson, The Zombies, Cheap Trick, Stevie Wonder and plenty of extra.

During his profession, Emerick gained 4 Grammy Awards – three for greatest engineered album, for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road and the Paul McCartney and Wings album Band on the Run and a 2003 technical Grammy for “pushing the boundaries of studio recording strategies of creativity and creativeness.” He was the creator of at 2006 autobiography Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles.

Beatles creator Kenneth Womack of Monmouth University, the positioning of an International Symposium on the Beatles' White Album Nov. Eight-11 the place Emerick was scheduled to be a visitor, informed Billboard, “Geoff Emerick was probably the most progressive sound engineers of our occasions, at all times wanting to push the sonic boundaries to be able to meet his artists’ expectations, regardless of how profound or tough. One want solely look to his first session because the Beatles’ engineer in 1966, when he labored the session for ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ and dared to seize the sound of John Lennon singing just like the Dalai Lama on some faraway mountaintop." Womack is the creator of a two-volume biography of Beatles producer Sir George Martin, Maximum Volume and Sound Pictures.

Denny Laine, a member of Paul McCartney and Wings, tweeted tonight, “We obtained very unhappy information as we speak, previous pal, Geoff Emerick, handed away. Our condolences to his household. Geoff was an excellent engineer and a advantageous man. He was having fun with his work and masterclasses.”