Rest in Peace, Beatles’ Chief Recording Engineer Geoff Emerick: 1946-2018

Rest in Peace, Beatles’ Chief Recording Engineer Geoff Emerick: 1946-2018

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.

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.

Giles Martin, son of the late Sir George Martin and the man working on the upcoming White Album 50th anniversary reissue, reflected:

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.

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