IN MEMORIAM: Geoffrey Emerick – Beatles Engineer
Geoffrey Emerick (4 December 1945 – 2 October 2018) was an English audio engineer who worked with The Beatles on their albums Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), and Abbey Road (1969). Producer George Martin credited him with bringing “a new kind of mind to the recordings, always suggesting sonic ideas, different kinds of reverb, what we could do with the voices.”
Emerick also engineered the Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle (1967), Paul McCartney and Wings’ Band on the Run (1973), and Elvis Costello’s Imperial Bedroom (1982). He won four Grammy Awards for his work in the music recording field.
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Emerick died from a heart attack on 2 October 2018, aged 72. He had been hospitalized two weeks beforehand after experiencing trouble walking, but was ruled to have been dehydrated. His manager, William Zabaleta, recalled talking to Emerick for the last time: “While on the phone, he had complications and dropped the phone. I called 911, but by the time they got there, it was too late. Geoff suffered from heart problems for a long time and had a pacemaker. When it’s your time it’s your time. We lost a legend and a best friend to me and a mentor.”
Paul McCartney commented on social media: “He was smart, fun-loving, and the genius behind many of the great sounds on our records. I’m shocked and saddened to have lost such a special friend.”
Photo: Geoffrey Emerick, a recording studio audio engineer who is best known for his work with the Beatles’ albums Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles and Abbey Road. “45th Grammy Trustees Award, New York 2003”