Posted at 6:00 AM on May 23, 2008
by John Birge
Department of Corrections:
A few months ago on the radio, I did a bit on the 80th birthday anniversary of trumpeter Philip Jones. I made the mistake of trusting Wikipedia, which stated that Jones played the piccolo trumpet solo on the Beatles' song Penny Lane. As I read it, it sounded right; he was playing lead in all the big London orchestras in the 60's, and would have been a natural choice.
But later I got curious. How, in all my years of collecting brass trivia, had I never heard this before? A quick Google later, I found the truth. Wiki was incorrect; it was actually another prominent British trumpeter named David Mason. And to corroborate that, here he is remembering how he came to get the gig (it all started with Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2):
Watta guy! For more, here's a site with everything you want to know about the piccolo trumpet solo in Penny Lane, including corroboration from legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin.
He really is a legendary trumpet player. Great article!