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The Beatles and the gorilla paw !

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Last post 27/08/2020

Posted by Nancy R

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      The great violinist Erich Gruenberg died earlier this month at the age of 95. Erich played on A day in the life, and on She's leaving home. An obituary says that he wore a 'prop gorilla paw' on his bow hand, at the Beatles' request !  If anyone has any further info on this story, I would be interested. Erich had a long and distinguished career based in Britain after escaping the Nazi menace in his native Austria, finally retiring last year.

        https://www.beatlesbible.com/1967/02/10/recording-a-day-in-the-life-4/2/

        After one of the rehearsals I went into the control room to consult Geoff Emerick. When I went back into the studio the sight was unbelievable. The orchestra leader, David McCallum, who used to be the leader of the Royal Philharmonic, was sitting there in a bright red false nose. He looked up at me through paper glasses. Eric Gruenberg, now a soloist and once leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, was playing happily away, his left hand perfectly normal on the strings of his violin, but his bow held in a giant gorilla’s paw. Every member of the orchestra had a funny had on above the evening dress, and the total effect was completely weird.

        George MartinAll You Need Is Ears

          Thank you Nancy !

            Nancy R wrote:

            https://www.beatlesbible.com/1967/02/10/recording-a-day-in-the-life-4/2/

            After one of the rehearsals I went into the control room to consult Geoff Emerick. When I went back into the studio the sight was unbelievable. The orchestra leader, David McCallum, who used to be the leader of the Royal Philharmonic, was sitting there in a bright red false nose. He looked up at me through paper glasses. Eric Gruenberg, now a soloist and once leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, was playing happily away, his left hand perfectly normal on the strings of his violin, but his bow held in a giant gorilla’s paw. Every member of the orchestra had a funny had on above the evening dress, and the total effect was completely weird.

            George MartinAll You Need Is Ears

            The video showed many of the disguises worn. Looked very trippy, I  guess that was the objective. Enjoyed reading that NancyR! Didnt notice the gorilla paw. Might have to watch it again...

              dirkmcquickly wrote:

              Thank you Nancy !

              You're welcome!