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Norman Hurricane Smith passes away at 85
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 03/04/08 7:49 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Sad news for Beatles fans. The Beatles original groundbreaking engineer and Pink Floyd producer Norman Smith passed away last night.

Smith was the engineer on all of the recordings by the Beatles up until 1965 when EMI promoted him from engineer to producer. The last Beatles album he recorded was Rubber Soul. Smith engineered the sound for approximately 180 Beatles songs in all.

Norman Smith at Abbey Road with George Martin

In 1972, Smith, using his recording artist pseudonym of "Hurricane Smith," had a transatlantic hit with "Oh Babe What Would You Say?", which became a U.S. # 1 Cashbox hit.

Last year, Smith wrote down his memoirs in a book entitled "John Lennon Called Me Normal" which was shown at last year's Beatlefest, but the book has not yet been published.




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