Legendary recording engineer/producer Geoff Emerick, whose audio work helped revolutionize rock and roll recording through his work with The Beatles and their producer George Martin, died yesterday (10/2) at the age of 72, his agent confirmed to Andre Gardner.
Geoff started working with The Beatles as their engineer, on their Revolver sessions, at the ripe age of 19. Almost immediately he used his head full of fresh ideas, coupled with top-level training at EMI, to transform the recording studio into a workshop, throwing away preconceived notions about how audio recordings were made, and he experimented constantly. That experimentation contributed greatly to the creation of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band” album in 1967, as well as groundbreaking songs like “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “A Day In The Life” and “I Am The Walrus.” After leaving The Beatles camp during recording sessions for The White Album, he returned in 1969 to work on the band’s swan song, “Abbey Road.”
After The Beatles broke up, Emerick continued his work as an engineer and producer on album projects by artists including Badfinger, The Zombies, Seatrain, America, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, and Nellie McKay.
Recently, Emerick was touring the country giving talks about his days in the music business and, just weeks ago, had an appearance at The Vault in Collingswood.
Back in 2006, Andre Gardner had the opportunity to chat with Geoff about his life and his career, and you can hear the entire interview below.