Stormin’ Norman Smith

I have a special appreciation for the late Norman Smith, aka Hurricane Smith. He had a varied and fascinating career, not only as the Beatles’ first recording engineer at EMI, and as the man who discovered Pink Floyd and produced their first albums, but as a performer in his own right, with his big international … Continue reading Stormin’ Norman Smith

Seth Swirsky’s Meeting With Norman Smith

As a follow-up to my tribute to the late Norman Hurricane Smith, the Beatles’ first recording engineer at EMI, I’ll send you over to this link, where Seth Swirsky tells of his meeting with Norman.
Also The New York Times has a good obituary for Norman, with some details I haven’t seen elsewhere, including confirmation that … Continue reading Seth Swirsky’s Meeting With Norman Smith

We heard them standing there

I’m becoming quite disquieted by the fact that everything — everything! — that matters to me from the 1960’s is about to be prefaced with “fifty years ago.” Fifty years ago, on February 11, 1963, the Beatles recorded their first album.
The audio player has a couple of twin-track outtakes from that monumental day at EMI … Continue reading We heard them standing there

It was fifty years ago today…

… George Martin told the band to play.

From Bruce Spizer’s Beatle.net.
June 6, 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first visit to Abbey Road Studios. The group, consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best, arrived at what was then called EMI Studios on June 6, 1962, for a commercial … Continue reading It was fifty years ago today…

The Beatles on Record

The History Channel is showing “The Beatles on Record,” an official Apple Corp. documentary. It’s sort of a mini-Anthology, focused solely on their studio work. Parts of it appear as the mini-documentaries on the remastered Beatles CD catalog. For a knowledgeable Beatles fan there’s nothing new in “The Beatles on Record,” but the movie clips … Continue reading The Beatles on Record

You are there — February 11, 1963

John Lennon, March 5, 1963 © Dezo Hoffman (Dezo later incorrectly listed these photos Feb 11.)
How about one more post about the legendary marathon recording session that produced the first Beatles LP? What I was hoping to hear in the newly remastered CD of “Please Please Me” is the excitement of that day, as … Continue reading You are there — February 11, 1963