Geoff Emerick, the famed Beatles chief recording engineer, has died at the age of 72. His agent confirmed that he suffered a heart attack.
Having met the band when he was just 15, Emerick was an audio engineer who worked with EMI Records before getting his break The Beatles. After impressing the Scousers with his work on tracks like ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, Emerick went on to form a strong relationship with the band and was influential in the making of some of their most iconic records like Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album and more.
While confirming his passing, Emerick’s manager William Zabaleta explained: “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.”
Here he is discussing his work with The Beatles: