Late Tuesday night, word came through that Geoff Emerick, the legendary recording engineer whose extensive work with the Beatles was revered and celebrated the world over, had passed away at the age of 72 from a heart attack.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Geoff Emerick, who has sadly passed. Geoff’s work as audio engineer on their music was integral, resulting in multiple highly deserved Grammy Awards. pic.twitter.com/PWKO5i2EIc
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) October 3, 2018
Emerick’s manager, William Zabaleta, issued the following statement to Variety confirming the news:
“Today at around 2’o’clock, I was making my way back from Arizona to Los Angeles to pick up Geoff so we could transport some gold records and platinum plaques to our show in Tucson. 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.”
Emerick began working at Abbey Road Studios at age 15 in 1945, eventually linking up with and being an integral part in helping the Beatles form their identity as a musical group.
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
Denny Laine, who of course was a member of Paul McCartney and Wings, shared his condolences on Facebook:
May Emerick rest in peace, and may his legacy live on in the Beatles’ timeless music.