Norman Smith, EMI recording engineer, dead at 85

The man who engineered the vast majority of Beatles records through to “Rubber Soul,” as well as other Merseybeat groups, the first three Pink Floyd albums, The Pretty Things’ “P.F. Sorrow” and scores more less-well-known records, has died this week at the age of 85.

Norman was a staff engineer at EMI, and did many, many sessions before he happened upon greatness when he was assigned to record The Beatles.

He cut several records in the early '70s under the name of “Hurricane Smith.”

John Lennon called him “Normal.” In fact, that’s the title of his limited-release autobiography. It was supposed to come out last summer, but isn’t available yet.

So long, Normal. You were part of something so special, we can’t even begin to imagine the memories you carried around until this week.

Here’s a discussion on the subject.