These pages are about the piccolo trumpet solos
in the Beatles' "Penny Lane"

Penny Lane was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, in 1967. I am sure that there are lots of web sites and books which will give you all the details and what everyone had for lunch and everything.

My interest in this is purely about the piccolo trumpet solos which are an important feature of the song.

The trumpet solo was played by David Mason,
a very fine English trumpet player who died in April 2011.

Here are a couple of things about the solo that you might like to look at:

Account from Sir George Martin's book "All You Need is Ears"
with full book data and bookshop links


Letter from Sir George Martin to Neville Young about the solo
with text and graphical versions


David Mason interview on YouTube
In this 54- second clip, David Mason tells how he came to do the track and plays a bit of it, and Brandenburg II. The clip comes from a 'South Bank Show' on the making of 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. Thank you "Dippey" for posting it and alerting me.


A transcription of the part
This is dependent on my ears alone, and badly typset to boot. Sorry. For goodness sake don't try to use it as the performing edition! It's close, but maybe not THAT close ...
... Actually, it's a lot more accurate now, following some very helpful input from people on TPIN and rmmt. Thank you all for your help.


Buy the CD
What do you mean, you haven't got the CD? Shame on you! Click the link to see where you can purchase your own copy of this piece of poptastic trumpet history! :)


Other people's contributions
People have very kindly sent me things, and links to things. This page provides links to those things and in some cases links to links to those things. (Uh?) "What things would these be Nev?" I hear you cry. Click the link and find out!

I hope to add some more material to this page some time, but that's it for now!

Neville Young

Last saved: 20 August, 2011

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