March 9, 2008

Norman "hurricane" Smith dies at 85

Beatles, Floyd Producer Norman "Hurricane" Smith Dies - 03/06/2008

"Beatles' engineer, Pink Floyd producer and solo artist, Norman "Hurricane" Smith, has died at the age of 85. Smith recorded every Beatles session, from their very first test in 1962, until Rubber Soul in 1965. EMI then promoted him from engineeer to producer.He was instrumental in signing Pink Floyd, and produced their first, second, and fourth studio albums - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets, and Ummagumma.He enjoyed chart success of his own in 1971 with his debut 'Don't Let It Die' followed by a string of UK and US hits."

and a clip from Mojo goes on to say:

"he had also produced The Pretty Things’ landmark 1968 album, SF Sorrow, and would continue to produce the band for the next five years, while striking out as a solo artist in his own right."

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