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Hurricane Smith  "Don
Hurricane Smith "Don't Let It Die"
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: Bob Barry
Oh Babe, What Would You Say.  Norman "Hurricane" Smith
Oh Babe, What Would You Say. Norman "Hurricane" Smith
Published: 2016/05/21
Channel: Chuck
Interview with Norman Smith  -  www.seth.com
Interview with Norman Smith - www.seth.com
Published: 2006/12/21
Channel: sethswirsky
Pink Floyd - Remember a Day
Pink Floyd - Remember a Day
Published: 2015/06/26
Channel: PaintBox68
Hurricane Smith - Oh Babe, What Would You Say? (1972) HQ
Hurricane Smith - Oh Babe, What Would You Say? (1972) HQ
Published: 2016/01/30
Channel: MUNROWS RETRO
This Producer Turned Down A Major Label To Record On Her Own | Creative Cash Ep. 4
This Producer Turned Down A Major Label To Record On Her Own | Creative Cash Ep. 4
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: VICE News
Hurricane Smith - Oh Babe, What Would You Say - HD
Hurricane Smith - Oh Babe, What Would You Say - HD
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: Music Selection
Don
Don't let it die - Hurricane Smith(Norman Smith)
Published: 2009/09/20
Channel: Regina Côrtes
Hurricane Smith - "Who Was It"
Hurricane Smith - "Who Was It"
Published: 2011/07/22
Channel: MrPurser
Tank And The Bangas: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Tank And The Bangas: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: NPR Music
John Lennon - Dont Let it Die
John Lennon - Dont Let it Die
Published: 2012/05/25
Channel: merseyboys
Hip to be Square - American Psycho (3/12) Movie CLIP (2000) HD
Hip to be Square - American Psycho (3/12) Movie CLIP (2000) HD
Published: 2012/03/15
Channel: Movieclips
"Best Friends" feat. Kris Bowers
"Best Friends" feat. Kris Bowers
Published: 2016/12/14
Channel: Ashleigh Smith
IT’S TWELVE O’CLOCK, The Starlighters, (Rare) End # 1031  1958
IT’S TWELVE O’CLOCK, The Starlighters, (Rare) End # 1031 1958
Published: 2015/01/21
Channel: mintrecords4ever
BBC
BBC's Norman Smith told to stop filming in Central Lobby
Published: 2016/03/23
Channel: TV Newsroom
Hurricane Smith - A Scrapyard Story
Hurricane Smith - A Scrapyard Story
Published: 2016/01/21
Channel: JackStarkey57
THE BEATLES -  Decca Audition 1962 RARE
THE BEATLES - Decca Audition 1962 RARE
Published: 2012/06/10
Channel: Stevie Riks
Barclay James Harvest--- John Lennons Guitar
Barclay James Harvest--- John Lennons Guitar
Published: 2009/03/02
Channel: patokaman
HURRICANE SMITH-THE FIRST TIME(album RAZZMAHTAZZ)
HURRICANE SMITH-THE FIRST TIME(album RAZZMAHTAZZ)
Published: 2011/11/11
Channel: TheEternauta666
♥♪♫ Oh Babe, What Would You Say ♫♪♥
♥♪♫ Oh Babe, What Would You Say ♫♪♥
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: ReysMusicLounge
HURRICANE SMITH-Razzmathazz Shall Inherit the Earth-from album Razzmathazz
HURRICANE SMITH-Razzmathazz Shall Inherit the Earth-from album Razzmathazz
Published: 2012/04/14
Channel: TheEternauta666
HURRICANE SMITH - MISTER MISUNDERSTOOD-ALBUM IAM HURRICANE FLY ME
HURRICANE SMITH - MISTER MISUNDERSTOOD-ALBUM IAM HURRICANE FLY ME
Published: 2011/11/06
Channel: TheEternauta666
Hurricane Smith - Don
Hurricane Smith - Don't Let It Die- extended version-( Rework Retro Remix by Dj Sacflashback)
Published: 2011/11/13
Channel: TheEternauta666
"WAVES" (LIVE!) Un-edited /HENRY AND THE SEAHAWKS
"WAVES" (LIVE!) Un-edited /HENRY AND THE SEAHAWKS
Published: 2017/02/13
Channel: Henry-Joe Murphy
HURRICANE SMITH -WOULD IT BE RIGHT
HURRICANE SMITH -WOULD IT BE RIGHT
Published: 2011/11/11
Channel: TheEternauta666
I
I'd Write About The Blues - The Keystoners
Published: 2014/03/28
Channel: althazarr
HURRICANE SMITH- Good Old Fashioned Heartbreaker-from album Don
HURRICANE SMITH- Good Old Fashioned Heartbreaker-from album Don't Let It Die
Published: 2012/04/14
Channel: TheEternauta666
HURRICANE SMITH -THE MAGIC IS YOU-ALBUM IAM HURRICANE FLY ME
HURRICANE SMITH -THE MAGIC IS YOU-ALBUM IAM HURRICANE FLY ME
Published: 2011/11/06
Channel: TheEternauta666
HURRICANE SMITH- It is Over- from album I AM HURRICANE-FLY ME
HURRICANE SMITH- It is Over- from album I AM HURRICANE-FLY ME
Published: 2012/03/30
Channel: TheEternauta666
HURRICANE SMITH- CHERRY
HURRICANE SMITH- CHERRY
Published: 2011/11/11
Channel: TheEternauta666
Salute (trailer)
Salute (trailer)
Published: 2009/12/08
Channel: DOXAFestival
HURRICANE SMITH - They All Need Someone To Love-from album Razzmathazz
HURRICANE SMITH - They All Need Someone To Love-from album Razzmathazz
Published: 2012/04/14
Channel: TheEternauta666
HURRICANE SMITH -Hold On-from album IAM HURRICANE-FLY ME
HURRICANE SMITH -Hold On-from album IAM HURRICANE-FLY ME
Published: 2012/03/30
Channel: TheEternauta666
HURRICANE SMITH-Grannies Dixie Duo-album Don
HURRICANE SMITH-Grannies Dixie Duo-album Don't Let It Die
Published: 2012/04/14
Channel: TheEternauta666
HURRICANE SMITH-I ONLY HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU(L.P. IAM HURRICANE FLY ME)
HURRICANE SMITH-I ONLY HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU(L.P. IAM HURRICANE FLY ME)
Published: 2011/11/06
Channel: TheEternauta666
HURRICANE SMITH -HOLD ON-ALBUM IAM HURRICANE FLY ME
HURRICANE SMITH -HOLD ON-ALBUM IAM HURRICANE FLY ME
Published: 2011/11/06
Channel: TheEternauta666
The Bedrocks - Lucy
The Bedrocks - Lucy
Published: 2016/10/28
Channel: flatop47
Remembering George Martin, Ray Tomlinson
Remembering George Martin, Ray Tomlinson
Published: 2016/03/29
Channel: Rememberingthepassed
Hurricane Smith My Mother Was Her Name 1972
Hurricane Smith My Mother Was Her Name 1972
Published: 2010/08/03
Channel: MrAll70s
John Howard - Is This My Love (Written by Hurricane Smith) (1976)
John Howard - Is This My Love (Written by Hurricane Smith) (1976)
Published: 2013/06/11
Channel: kidinabigworld
Recording of I Saw Her Standing There Top 13 Facts
Recording of I Saw Her Standing There Top 13 Facts
Published: 2015/12/15
Channel: Shweta Leepasa
HURRICANE SMITH -BEAUTIFUL DAY ,BEAUTIFUL NIGHT
HURRICANE SMITH -BEAUTIFUL DAY ,BEAUTIFUL NIGHT
Published: 2011/01/15
Channel: TheEternauta666
HURRICANE SMITH-THAT GIRL
HURRICANE SMITH-THAT GIRL
Published: 2011/11/11
Channel: TheEternauta666
HURRICANE SMITH-Back into the country
HURRICANE SMITH-Back into the country
Published: 2012/03/30
Channel: TheEternauta666
HURRICANE SMITH - Is This My love - from album I AM HURRICANE-FLY ME
HURRICANE SMITH - Is This My love - from album I AM HURRICANE-FLY ME
Published: 2012/03/30
Channel: TheEternauta666
The Temptations – Masterpiece [1973] (Full Album)
The Temptations – Masterpiece [1973] (Full Album)
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: ΑΝΤΙΦΩΝΙΕΣ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟΣ
Magic Kiss - The Keystoners
Magic Kiss - The Keystoners
Published: 2014/03/26
Channel: althazarr
JANNE SCHAFFER - The Shrimp - 1978   Earmeal Record
JANNE SCHAFFER - The Shrimp - 1978 Earmeal Record
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Bothsidesrecords1
HURRICANE SMITH- Let
HURRICANE SMITH- Let's Dance - from album I AM HURRICANE-FLY ME
Published: 2012/03/30
Channel: TheEternauta666
THE DONAYS   DEVIL IN HIS HEART-1962 Brent 45- 7033.wmv
THE DONAYS DEVIL IN HIS HEART-1962 Brent 45- 7033.wmv
Published: 2012/07/15
Channel: Amnondoowop
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Norman Smith
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Born (1923-02-22)22 February 1923
Edmonton, London
Died 3 March 2008(2008-03-03) (aged 85)
Nationality English
Occupation musician, record producer

Norman "Hurricane" Smith (22 February 1923 – 3 March 2008)[1] was an English musician, record producer and engineer.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Edmonton, Middlesex, and served as an RAF glider pilot during World War II. After an unsuccessful career as a jazz musician, Smith joined EMI as an apprentice sound engineer in 1959.

Career as producer and engineer[edit]

He was the engineer on all of the EMI studio recordings by the Beatles until 1965,[1] when EMI promoted him from engineer to producer. The last Beatles album he recorded was Rubber Soul,[2] and Smith engineered the sound for almost 100 Beatles songs in total.[3]

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.[citation needed]

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.[4]

In early 1967, he began working with a new group, Pink Floyd,[1] producing their first, second, and fourth studio albums The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets, and Ummagumma.[5] 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.[6]

In 1968, Smith produced one of the first rock concept albums, the Pretty Things' S.F. Sorrow.[1]

He produced early recordings by Barclay James Harvest, including their album Once Again, and many years later was name-checked in John Lees' song "John Lennon's Guitar".[citation needed]

Recording career as "Hurricane Smith"[edit]

In 1971, Smith, using a recording artist pseudonym of Hurricane Smith, had a UK No. 2 hit with "Don't Let It Die".[7] This recording was a demo of a song that he had written with the hope that John Lennon would record it. When he played it for fellow record producer Mickie Most, Most was impressed enough to tell him to release it as it was.[citation needed] In 1972, he enjoyed a transatlantic hit with "Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?", which became a US No. 1 Cash Box and a Billboard Pop No. 3 hit.[8] It reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart.[7] Also included on Smith's self-titled debut album was a third hit single, a cover version of Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Who Was It?" (UK #23).[7]

Some recordings followed, such as "My Mother Was Her Name" (1972), "Beautiful Day, Beautiful Night" (1973) and "To Make You My Baby" (1974). However, his subsequent attempts at producing successful recordings proved elusive. Capitalising on his solo recording efforts, Smith undertook two tours of the then thriving north of England cabaret circuit, complete with band and dancers. Smith enlisted the help of session drummer Peter Boita who "fixed" a band for Smith which was mostly made up of the temporarily disbanded "Bob Miller and the Millermen" band. This line-up went on to record the last album Smith made for EMI Records, Razzmahtazz Shall Inherit The Earth, which was released in 1973.

Smith also recorded an instrumental track, entitled "Theme From an Unmade Silent Movie", which the West Midlands based radio presenter, Tony Butler, adopted as his theme music, playing it frequently on his sports show in an attempt, often successful, to encourage the region's local football teams to score a goal. Fans of Aston Villa F.C. also consider this tune as their unofficial club theme, and it can often be heard played at Villa Park during the pre-match and half-time intervals. It was performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on 6 June 2008.[9]

In 2004, Smith released a new CD, From Me To You (SFMCD030), featuring new recordings of his biggest self-penned hits, "Don't Let It Die" and "Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?". Included in the liner notes were messages from Sir Paul McCartney and members of Pink Floyd.

In 2011, a snippet of Smith's "Don't Let It Die" was included in the soundtrack of Tomas Alfredson's 2011 film adaptation of John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Memoir[edit]

Smith wrote a memoir, entitled John Lennon Called Me Normal. It debuted on 16 March 2007 as a limited edition at The Fest For Beatles Fans in Secaucus, New Jersey. There, Smith appeared and sang "Oh, Babe". The book contains never-before published pictures, newly revealed historical facts about the Beatles and Pink Floyd at Abbey Road Studios, as well as details of Smith's life as an RAF glider pilot.

Death[edit]

Smith died aged 85, in March 2008 in East Sussex, England.[1]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Thedeadrockstarsclub.com – accessed March 2011
  2. ^ "Norman Hurricane Smith – "The Sound of The Beatles"". Ear Candy. 1 March 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  3. ^ Swirsky, Seth (1 March 2006). "A Ticket To Rye: My Afternoon with Beatles Engineer Norman Smith". Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  4. ^ Lewisohn, Mark. The Beatles Recording Sessions. Harmony Books, 1989, p. 60.
  5. ^ "Nick Mason interview". Ear Candy. 1 March 1973. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  6. ^ Blake, Mark. Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd. Thunder's Mouth Press, 2008, p. 117.
  7. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 509. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  8. ^ "1973 UK, Eurochart, Billboard & Cashbox No.1 Hits". Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  9. ^ "Friday Night Classics: Music for Champions at THSH". Thsh.co.uk. 6 June 2008. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 

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