"Sheila Bromberg was a busy harpist in British symphony orchestras when an agent called on March 17, 1967, to offer her a three-hour stint that night as a session musician at the EMI recording studio on Abbey Road in London.the Beatles. The song was released months later on "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," which Rolling Stone magazine ranked in 2003 as No. 1 of the greatest 500 albums of all time.
"The pay was 9 pounds -- about $17. With two young children to feed, she showed up at 8:30 p.m. to tune her harp and was handed a piece of sheet music. Only later did she learn that the notes she played were to be the intro on "She's Leaving Home" by
"Ms. Bromberg's harp intro and rhythm, backed by a full string section, set the poignant tone of the track before Paul McCartney (who recorded separately) began the lyric "Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock as the day begins.everyone. But what amazes me, of all the music I've performed in, I'm noted for four bars of music. I find that a little bizarre.'
[Snip of detailed discussion of Bromberg's background]
"Referring to her part in "Sgt. Pepper" in a 2011 interview with the Oxford Mail newspaper, she said, 'I feel very grateful to have been chosen to be on it. And I feel very proud that that piece of work has given such a tremendous amount of pleasure to
-- Quoted from Bromberg's obituary in the Sunday Glove. The piece also notes, BTW, that Bromberg was the first female musician to have performed on a Beatles album.
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