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Geoff Emerick’s final resting place

Geoff Emerick’s final resting place

Geoff Emerick’s final resting place
August 07
08:50 2019
From Bill Smith
“I wanted to let you all know that our beloved Geoff’s headstone has finally been placed at the cemetery and he is now at rest fully. It’s a lovely marker just below his dear Nicole and he is now with her once again forever. I hope that he would have approved of the design that was chosen for the marker but I can also hear him saying “what’s all the fuss about” lol. 🙂
If you would ever like to pay him a visit, as I am sure he would love to have some friends drop by from time to time. He is interred at Pierce Brothers Memorial in Westwood and I would be more than happy to accompany anyone who would like to visit him.”
Pierce Brothers Westwood Memorial
1218 Glendon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310.474.1579

Emerick, born Dec. 5, 1945, began working as an assistant engineer at Abbey Road at just 15 years-old and, just a few months months in, was face-to-face with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in the London studio. He apprenticed and later worked on such early Beatles’ recordings as “Love Me Do”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” Later becoming the band’s chief engineer, he helmed “Revolver,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “The White Album” and “Abbey Road” as well as the dual-sided single “Penny Lane”/”Strawberry Fields Forever.”

Other than George Martin, Emerick was the behind-the-scenes brains that helped shape the Beatles sound. When John Lennon asked Emerick to make him sound like “the Dalai Lama singing on a mountain” for “Tomorrow Never Knows” on Revolver, one of the effects Emerick used was to put Lennon’s voice through a spinning Leslie speaker. As Andy Babiuk describes in the book “Beatles Gear,” Emerick’s “open-mind approach and willingness to ignore standard recording practices and techniques when necessary was exactly what the group was looking for.”

Emerick was a Grammy Award winner for his work on “Sgt. Pepper’s” and “Abbey Road” as well as Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Band on the Run.” He is credited on albums by Elvis Costello (“Imperial Bedroom”), Badfinger, Supertramp, Cheap Trick and America, among many others. In 2006, he released the book “Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles.”

Emerick had many upcoming appearances scheduled, including one on Saturday in Tuscon under the banner Geoff Emerick’s London Revival, where he was due to talk about his work with the Beatles. He was also to be one of several Beatles experts at The White Album International Symposium scheduled for Nov. 8 to 11 at Monmouth University in New Jersey to honor the 50th anniversary of the release of “The White Album,” which is being reissued as a box set with outtakes and a new 2018 mix.

Also see “Geoff Emerick Remembered”

Source: McCartney.com

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