Geoff Emerick was a British audio engineer who worked with The Beatles on their iconic 1966 album Revolver, the chart-busting 1967 psychedelic rock follow-up Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (White Album) (1968) and the legendary Abbey Road (1969) album.
Emerick notably won Grammy Awards for Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical for his work on the two latter albums, as another Grammy win in the same category in 1974 for his work on Paul McCartney and Wings album Band on the Run as well as scoring a Technical Grammy win in 2003. He was nominated for a Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical Grammy for McCartney’s ninth solo album, Flowers in the Dirt, in 1989.
Emerick worked closely with late, great Beatles producer George Martin. Martin’s son Giles, paid tribute to the famed EMI engineer on Tuesday via Twitter calling Emerick “one of the finest and most innovative engineers to have graced a recording studio.” (Read his entire post below).
Paul McCartney also posted a social media tribute on Oct. 2 which contained photos of he and Emerick in the studio and a heartfelt message in which he called him “a great engineer and friend. He also noted while the Fab Four worked with many great engineers over time, "Geoff was the ONE.” (Read his complete post below).
In addition to working with Macca, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison as The Beatles, Emerick worked with other huge artists including Elvis Costello, Badfinger, Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick and more. He released a memoir in 2006 called “Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles,” which he co-wrote with Howard Massey. Emerick was just 19-years-old in 1966 when he worked as chief engineer on Revolver.
Watch Geoff Emerick talk about working on Sgt. Pepper’s in the video embedded above.
RIP @GeoffEmerick one of finest and most innovative engineers to have graced a recording studio. I grew up with him as he worked so much with my father. We have all been touched by the sounds he helped create on the greatest music ever recorded.— Giles Martin (@mashupmartin) October 3, 2018