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David Mason & Snookie Young: Playing Taps for two Trumpeters

Posted at 4:12 PM on May 12, 2011 by John Birge

Playing taps for two trumpeters:

Jazz trumpeter "Snooky" Young died yesterday, age 92.
He played with the great big bands: Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, and for 25 years with Johnny Carson's Tonight Show band.

The man who played trumpet in the Beatle's song Penny Lane died last week. David Mason was 84, leukaemia the cause.
Mason was principal trumpet in the Royal Philharmonic, among other London orchestras, and professor at the Royal College of Music.
Paul McCartney spotted Mason playing his trumpet on TV, and the rest is history. Here's David Mason telling the story of his iconic Penny Lane trumpet solo:

And, for the real Beatles and trumpet geeks, here's the long-form version with all the juicy back-story: