The Beatles’ first visit to EMI, part 2
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By Gordon Thompson
For the Beatles first visit to EMI, George Martin (the director of Parlophone Records) asked his associate Ron Richards to serve as the artist-and-repertoire manager, which involved rehearsing the band and running their session. Pop groups represented a normal part of Richards’ portfolio and clearly the Beatles didn’t rank high enough on Martin’s list of responsibilities to warrant his presence. That would eventually change, but on 6 June 1962, the Beatles presented only a blip on his radar.
Martin later admitted that sometimes he would tell his associate Ron Richards, “you take that because I’m up doing such-and-such.” Furthermore, this session was simply an artist test: “just looking at four berks from Liverpool. It didn’t mean anything in our lives at all.” As the Beatles arrived, balance engineer Norman Smith quipped, “What in the bleedin’ hell have we got here?” Still, by the end of the day, when Martin asked for his opinion, Smith would encourage the man...
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