David Mason, the musician who played the now famous trumpet parts for the Beatles “Penny Lane”, has died. In January, 1967 he provided just a short couple of sections for the song – but they are solos from a virtuoso which are so impressive and important in making “Penny Lane” so loved by so many.
David had been Principal Trumpet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Covent Garden Opera, and the English Chamber Orchestra.
Here’s the story of how “Penny Lane” came about:
And of course the song itself in full:
Vale David Mason. And thanks for the music.
Penny Lane is such a classic, the trumpet is perfect.