Norman Smith

Born:
Feb 22, 1923
Died:
Mar 03, 2008

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About

From Wikipedia:

Norman “Hurricane” Smith (22 February 1923 – 3 March 2008) was an English musician, record producer and engineer […] He was the engineer on all of the EMI studio recordings by the Beatles until 1965, when EMI promoted him from engineer to producer. The last Beatles album he recorded was Rubber Soul, and Smith engineered the sound for almost 100 Beatles songs in total.

John Lennon first bestowed upon Smith the nickname of “Normal,” and it was quickly picked up by the other Beatles. Lennon did so as a humorous reference to Smith’s very unhurried and unflappable nature.

While working with The Beatles on 17 June 1965, he was offered £15,000 by the band’s music publishing company, Dick James Music, to buy outright a song he had written.

In early 1967, he began working with a new group, Pink Floyd, producing their first, second, and fourth studio albums The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets, and Ummagumma. During the sessions for the song “Remember a Day”, drummer Nick Mason became agitated that he could not come up with the right drum part for the song. Smith, however, knew what he wanted with the drums, so he played the part himself.[…]

Last updated on September 13, 2015

Sessions


The Beatles’ first Abbey Road recording session

Jun 06, 1962 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Anthology 1


The Beatles’ second Abbey Road recording session

Sep 04, 1962 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Anthology 1


The Beatles’ third Abbey Road recording session

Sep 11, 1962 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You


"Please Please Me" session

Nov 26, 1962 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Please Please Me / Ask Me Why


Mixing "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why"

Nov 30, 1962 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Please Please Me / Ask Me Why


"Please Please Me" album session #1

Feb 11, 1963 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Please Please Me (Mono)


"Please Please Me" album session #3

Feb 25, 1963 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Please Please Me (Mono)


"From Me To You / Thank You Girl" session #1

Mar 05, 1963 • Songs recorded during this session appear on From Me To You / Thank You Girl


"From Me To You / Thank You Girl" session #2

Mar 13, 1963 • Songs recorded during this session appear on From Me To You / Thank You Girl


"She Loves You / I'll Get You" session #1

Jul 01, 1963 • Songs recorded during this session appear on She Loves You / I'll Get You


"With The Beatles" session #1

Jul 18, 1963 • Songs recorded during this session appear on With the Beatles (Mono)


"With The Beatles" session #2

Jul 30, 1963 • Songs recorded during this session appear on With the Beatles (Mono)


"With The Beatles" session #3

Aug 21, 1963 • Songs recorded during this session appear on With the Beatles (Mono)


"With The Beatles" session #4

Sep 11, 1963 • Songs recorded during this session appear on With the Beatles (Mono)


"With The Beatles" session #5

Sep 12, 1963 • Songs recorded during this session appear on With the Beatles (Mono)

Albums, EPs & singles which Norman Smith contributed to


Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You

By The Beatles • 7" Single

Contribution: Engineer, Recording engineer • 2 songs


Twist and Shout

By The Beatles • EP

Contribution: Recording engineer • 4 songs


The Beatles' Hits

By The Beatles • EP

Contribution: Recording engineer • 4 songs


The Beatles (No. 1)

By The Beatles • EP

Contribution: Recording engineer • 4 songs


From Me To You / Thank You Girl

By The Beatles • 7" Single

Contribution: Recording engineer • 2 songs


Please Please Me / Ask Me Why

By The Beatles • 7" Single

Contribution: Recording engineer • 2 songs


She Loves You / I'll Get You

By The Beatles • 7" Single

Contribution: Recording engineer • 2 songs


I Want To Hold Your Hand / This Boy

By The Beatles • 7" Single

Contribution: Recording engineer • 2 songs


The Beatles Christmas record

By The Beatles • 7" Single

Contribution: Engineer • 1 songs


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