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Paul McCartney pays tribute to George Emerick

By | Published on Thursday 4 October 2018

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney has paid tribute to sound engineer Geoff Emerick, who has died aged 72. Emerick started his career at Abbey Road Studios aged fifteen and worked on several Beatles albums.

“I first met Geoff when he was a young engineer working at Abbey Road Studios”, wrote McCartney. “He would grow to be the main engineer that we worked with on many of our Beatles tracks. He had a sense of humour that fitted well with our attitude to work in the studio and was always open to the many new ideas that we threw at him. He grew to understand what we liked to hear and developed all sorts of techniques to achieve this”.

“We spent many exciting hours in the studio and he never failed to come up with the goods”, he went on. “After The Beatles, I continued to work with him and our friendship grew to the point where when he got married to his beautiful wife Nicole, it was in the church close to where we lived in the country … We kept in touch through the years and our phone calls or messages always gained a giggle or two”.

As well as working with The Beatles on albums including ‘Sgt Pepper’, ‘Revolver’ and ‘Abbey Road’, and various McCartney solo albums, Emerick also worked with artists including Elvis Costello, The Zombies, Art Garfunkel and Ultravox.