Beatles soundman is dead

Beatles soundman is dead


norman lebrecht

October 03, 2018

The death has been announced of Geoff Emerick, Abbey Road recording engineer, a man who had more influence than anyone bar George Martin on the Beatles’s sound.

Emerick, who suffered a heart attack, was 72.

The first Beatles track he recorded was Love Me Do and he continued working with the group til it split up.

Geoff with Paul, source unknown


  • Alan says:

    An innovative genius!
    I always thought of him as “the sixth Beatle” (George Martin being “the fifth”).
    Those who love The Beatles and who know their Beatles history will be much saddened.
    Rest in peace, Mr. Emerick.

    • PaulD says:


      Do the math and realize how young Mr. Emerick was when he was working magic in the recording studio. Amazing,

  • rg says:

    He did a great job. Read his book, “Here, There, and Everywhere”. Short, easy to read, and fascinating. He did take a break from working with the group starting during the White Album sessions and returning somewhat later to do the Abbey Road album. I don’t think he was involved in the sessions for the Let it Be album, which was released last but was recorded before Abbey Road.

  • Sue says:

    Those earlier years of the Beatles and their later experimental works (affinity with Stockhausen etc.) really have kept this group right up there in the pantheon of greats. And those whom they chose to help them on their journey and who were part of the project may justifiably share much of the kudos.