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RIP Lee “Scratch” Perry

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Saddened to hear of the recent death of classical harpist Sheila Bromberg on 17 August, aged 92.

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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.

When she arrived at Abbey Road that night she discovered she was to play harp on She’s Leaving Home .

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.

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RIP Sheila Zelda Patricia Bromberg (2 September 1928 – 17 August 2021)

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Her harp was wonderful on the track. RIP Sheila

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RIP. Good on her for managing to navigate Paul’s nonspecific “instructions” a-hard-days-night-john-6 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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I found out by pure chance that Norm Macdonald died in September 14 aged 61???a-hard-days-night-paul-10a-hard-days-night-paul-10 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.

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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:

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RIP Elizabeth Villas Boas Bravo (29 May 1951 – 4 October 2021)
RIP Gayleen Victoria Scott née Pease (1950 – July 2021)

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Their backing vocals were a great addition to the track. RIP Lizzie and Gayleen.

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Maureen Cleave, the London Evening Standard journalist, whose March 1966 article, ‘How does a Beatle live?’ was the original source for Lennon’s “more popular than Jesus quote” passed away on the 6th November.

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RIP Maureen

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10 December 2021
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RIP Mike Nesmith. First Davy, then Pete and now Mike. My heart goes out to his family and to Micky now the only surviving Monkee. 

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RIP Robbie Shakespeare at 68, the bassplaying half of the most successful and active duo with Sly Dunbar in reggae recording history.  They played on many thousands of records, on hundreds of labels with hundreds of musicians, many well-known and not so.  Robbie’s fresh, inventive riffs drove a style of dub written in its own right, not just created from original tracks but for its own sake and with Sly his ability to jam and find the right backing for an artist made the pair in demand as session musicians everywhere and then they became their own label and even more successful producers. Robbie was mentored by Aston Barrett (how lucky can you be) as this Guardian obituary details, and went on to meet Sly and that was that. This is unexpected, and it feels weird, seems like a relatively young age to go.

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ewe2 said
RIP Robbie Shakespeare at 68…This is unexpected, and it feels weird, seems like a relatively young age to go.

  

Feels sadly unsurprising to myself, so many elder reggae legends leaving us in the last year-plus 🙁

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Just learnt that Denis O’Brien, George’s business manager and partner in HandMade Films, sued by George for mismanagement, died on 3 December aged 80.

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George sued him in 1995 claiming $16 million. The court found O’Brien guilty of mismanaging HandMade and awarded George $11 million. Later reduced to $6.7 million, O’Brien declared bankruptcy.

The case was still dragging on in 2001, with George fighting the bankruptcy, when the judge threw out the case because George was unable to attend due to his illness, which the judge refused to accept as a reason for George’s non-attendance (given that George was in the last four months of his life at the time, I’ve always thought it was a flawed decision which let O’Brien off the hook).

On the plus side of George’s association with O’Brien, it is often said that George only agreed to Anthology because of the damage done to his finances by O’Brien.

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RIP Denis James O’Brien (12 September 1941-3 December 2021)

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What a cruel decision by that judge, I didn’t know that.

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ewe2 said
What a cruel decision by that judge, I didn’t know that.

  

It’s one of those where a person in power applies the letter of the law whilst ignoring the human.. Same as all the idiot pen pushers and box tickers who’s only intention is making sure their paperwork is complete. Happens occasionally and it’s a horrible attitude to have. Anyone who can hear a person is dying of cancer and boot their case out because they cannot attend needs a humanity reintroduction. 

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A few days late, but sad to hear of the death of bel hooks, the late great feminist and anti-racist author and activist, probably best known for her classic work ‘Ain’t I A Woman ‘. Rest in peace!

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Denis O’Dell has died, aged 98.

Glad he was able to see Get Back before he died. 

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Let’s hear it for Denis O’Dell.

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The Hole Got Fixed said
Denis O’Dell has died, aged 98.

Glad he was able to see Get Back before he died. 

  

Absolutely. It would’ve been amazing for him, and bringing things full circle in a sense.

Expert Textpert said
Let’s hear it for Denis O’Dell.

  

You beat me to it! 

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The radio DJ Janice Long sadly died on Christmas Day following a short illness at the age of 66. She was also a patron of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. 

I never met her in person, but I had some correspondence and got her to play a Kirsty MacColl song on her BBC Radio 2 midnight show.  

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