Geoff Emerick is without a doubt one of the most innovative and influential audio engineers of all time. Joining the renowned Abbey Road studios when he was just fifteen years old, he served as assistant engineer on many of the Beatles’ early hits, including “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” Incredibly, he became the group’s full-time recording engineer a few months shy of his nineteenth birthday.
Working closely with producer George Martin, Emerick manned the board for the Beatles’ most adventurous forays, including Revolver and Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as the live worldwide television broadcast of “All You Need Is Love” (the first time such a feat was ever attempted) and what many call the greatest double-sided single ever released: “Penny Lane” / “Strawberry Fields Forever.” He also recorded much of Magical Mystery Tour, the White Album, and Abbey Road.
Following the dissolution of the group, Emerick forged an active career as an independent engineer and record producer, continuing to work with Paul McCartney on many of his solo efforts (including the multiplatinum Band On The Run) as well as with other major artists such as Elvis Costello (producing his acclaimed Imperial Bedroom album), Art Garfunkel, Badfinger, America, Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin, Robin Trower, Split Enz, and Ultravox. He is the recipient of four Grammys, including a 2003 Technical Grammy, awarded for “pushing the boundaries of studio recording techniques to new frontiers of creativity and imagination.” In 2006, Emerick published his critically acclaimed memoir, “Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles,” co-authored by renowned music journalist Howard Massey. He remains active in the recording field today, producing Nellie McKay’s groundbreaking debut album Get Away From Me, as well as numerous recent projects with Paul McCartney and Cheap Trick.