Frank Ifield, interviewed by Lorraine Pfitzner on 13 September 2005. NFSA title: 679203
Martin Benge at Abbey Road
Studio manager, producer, engineer and mixer Martin Benge discussed a life and career in music with interviewer John Olson – from his early days at EMI/Abbey Road Studios in the 1960s, to his time as vice-president of EMI/Virgin Studios in the mid-90s.
In this clip, Benge recalls the time that EMI (later Abbey Road) studio manager Alan Stagg turned the power off during a Pink Floyd recording session, because the band had dared to keep working beyond the closing time of… 10 pm! The following day Roger Waters told the story to Paul McCartney, who decided it was time for a change:
‘Paul rang the chair of EMI, Sir Joseph Lockwood, and demanded a meeting, to tell him that it was about time the studios started to fit in with what the artists wanted rather than the other way around. And from that day on, really, everything started to change and the sessions started to run much more along the lines that we’re used to these days, with longer sessions starting later and going well into the night or into the next day, because those hours suited the artistic temperament of most of the artists who wanted to work late.’