25 February 2020
17 December 2012
Saddened to hear of the recent death of classical harpist Sheila Bromberg on 17 August, aged 92.
Most famous for a session she did in March 1967 that she wasn’t sure she wanted to do:
I was asked if I was free from 9pm to midnight and I had been working since 8am so I really didn’t want to go. But I didn’t want to say no because otherwise they would choose someone else next time, and you don’t want that.
And she didn’t even know who the 17 March session was for:
In those days you never knew who you’d be working for. You were never told.
I got to the studio early to tune the instrument. I walked in and there was Paul McCartney but I didn’t recognise him at first. I was concentrating on what was written on the manuscript, then I turned around, heard the Liverpool accent and realised it was him. I hadn’t got a clue, I had just talked to the other musicians and waited.
In actual fact he was quite difficult to work with because he wasn’t too sure what he actually wanted. He said “no I don’t want that, I want something…” but he couldn’t describe what he wanted and I tried it all every which way.
One of the stand-out contributions to a Beatles recording by a session musician.
RIP Sheila Zelda Patricia Bromberg (2 September 1928 – 17 August 2021)
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17 June 2021
15 February 2015
RIP. Good on her for managing to navigate Paul’s nonspecific “instructions” as I recall, David Gilmour acted in a similarly vague fashion when Clare Torry showed up to provide… something… to The Dark Side of the Moon.
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It verges from the sublime to the ridiculote
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8 August 2019
I found out by pure chance that Norm Macdonald died in September 14 aged 61??? He’s been gone for half a month and I didn’t know?? Sad moment. I usually expect this forum to keep me up to date with stuff like that so it was a shock.
I’ve seen his specials several times and his SNL weekend update clips are gold. He had outstanding comedic timing, and never was out of character, which kind of makes me think we never really got to actually meet him.
Just like that, R.I.P. one of the greatest comedians of the century. Never saw it coming.
17 December 2012
Saddened to hear of death in recent months of both the teenage fans invited into Studio 3 on 4 February 1968 to add backing vocals to Across The Universe .
The Daily Beatle report that Lizzie Bravo passed away, aged 70, on 4 October after recent physical issues resulting from a congenital heart condition; discovering as a result that her friend, fellow fan and backing vocalist, Gayleen Pease, aged 70/71, passed away in July from pancreatic cancer.
I’d advise reading the Daily Beatle report as it includes much background I don’t want to lift from Roger’s work.
Both recalled the session for the BBC’s One Show in 2010:
RIP Elizabeth Villas Boas Bravo (29 May 1951 – 4 October 2021)
RIP Gayleen Victoria Scott née Pease (1950 – July 2021)
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