Sheila Bromber, the first female musician to appear on a Beatles record.
ON THIS DAY, 17 March, 1967... Studio 2. 7.00pm-12.45am. Recording: 'She's Leaving Home' (takes 1-6). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Richard Lush.
Recording of strings for 'She's Leaving Home'. The first woman specially recruited for a Beatles session participates: Sheila Bromberg (harp).
"She's Leaving Home" was recorded during the sessions for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The day before McCartney wanted to work on the song's score, he learned that George Martin, who usually handled the Beatles' string arrangements, was not available. McCartney contacted Mike Leander, who did it in Martin's place. This was the first time a Beatles song was not arranged by George Martin, but he produced the song and conducted the string section. The harp was played by Sheila Bromberg, the first female musician to appear on a Beatles record.
Sheila Bromberg Played the Harp on this famous Sgt Pepper track. Here she talks about the recording session and meets with Ringo Starr for the first time: