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Abbey Road engineer to appear at BeatExpo
Richard Langham, the Second Engineer at EMI (Parlophone) in Abbey Road who first met The Beatles when they came to the London studio to record "Love Me Do" and who worked closely with the boys on the recording of the Please Please Me LP and the "From Me to You" single, will be a Guest Presenter at BeatExpo in Connecticut this November.
Langham, who is in the States for the Book Release of Jude Southerland Kessler's second book in the John Lennon series, Shivering Inside (to be held 16 Oct. at the Doylestown Book Store in Doylestown, PA), has agreed to remain in the States to speak at the event. He will be interviewed by Mrs. Kessler about his years with The Beatles and his experiences working with George Martin and Norman Smith.
Richard Langham with the Beatles in 1963
"Steven Jewell, a reader of my first book, Shoulda Been There, graciously introduced me to Langham," Kessler commented, "and Richard spent six months assisting me with details of the recording sessions found in my new book, Shivering Inside. Richard was a stickler for exact details. He wanted only the truth to be told, despite contradictory past reports from other researchers.
Many accounts of the Please Please Me recording session, for example, have Mal Evans present for the taping. Not so, Langham informed me. Neil Aspinall was alone in the studio that day. And John Skinner is listed as the Security Chief on the day that The Beatles first arrive at Parlophone's Abbey Studio (June 1962). But Skinner wasn't hired at that time, Langham insists; he was hired months later.
That sort of detail really mattered to Langham. He wanted to make sure that everything I reported in Shivering Inside was accurate."
Richard Langham has never had a chance until now to tell his stories about working with The Beatles. Charles Rosenay, the Founder and Director of BeatExpo is enthusiastic about having Langham share his memories and anecdotes on stage.
BeatExpo is slated for Sunday, November 28 at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Stamford, Connecticut. For more information about the event, visit their website, email TourEvents@aol.com or phone 203-795-4737.
Published September 29, 2010
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