Paul McCartney watches trumpeter David Mason on TV and Jimi Hendrix live

Wednesday, January 11, 1967
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Bag O’Nails, 9 Kingly Street, Soho, London

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On this evening, Paul McCartney witnessed David Mason, a trumpet player, perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto N°2 in F Major, on the BBC1 television program “Masterworks“. Impressed by the performance, Paul informed George Martin the following day. George Martin, who was familiar with David Mason, contacted him and scheduled a studio session on January 17, 1967. During the session, David Mason added his famous piccolo trumpet solo on “Penny Lane“.

[Paul McCartney] saw me playing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto Number 2 in F Major with the English Chamber Orchestra from Guildford Cathedral. […]

Dave Mason – From “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions” by Mark Lewisohn

[Paul] was still after that one last bit of magic, and inspiration came to him one night while he was at home watching a television programme featuring a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 — coincidentally, one of the records I had discovered as a child in my grandmother’s basement, and one of my all-time favorite classical pieces.

The next evening, we were in the studio and Paul couldn’t stop talking about it. “What was that tiny little trumpet that fellow was playing?” he asked us. “I couldn’t believe the sound he was making!”

George Martin’s classical training never came in more handy. “That’s called a piccolo trumpet,” he said, “and the chap playing it was David Mason, who happens to be a friend of mine.”

“Fantastic!” exclaimed Paul. “Let’s get him in here and have him overdub it.”

Geoff Emerick – From “Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles“, 2006

From Liverpool Daily Post, January 11, 1967

On the same evening, Paul McCartney saw Jimi Hendrix perform at the Bag O’Nails club in London. Among the other attendees were Ringo Starr, Bill Wyman, Donovan, Keith Moon, Brian Epstein, Georgie Fame, Twiggy, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Denny Laine, The Fourmost…

Paul McCartney had seen the Jimi Hendrix Experience on October 25 and November 25, 1966, and saw them again on January 29 and June 4, 1967.

Club scene

Beyond any shadow of a doubt, THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE is the “in” thing with London “in” clubs – he’s worth a fortune to any West End Club sensible enough to book him. Last Wednesday he appeared at the Bag O’ Nails – “sensational” is not a word adequate enough to describe his success there. The club was so packed, it was almost impossible to breathe. Among the ‘faces’ who gathered to watch him were: BILL WYMAN, PAUL McCARTNEY, MIKE WILSHER, DONOVAN, KEITH MOON, TONY HALL, BRIAN EPSTEIN, VIV PRINCE, TONY BOOTH, GEORGIE FAME, TWIGGY, BOBBY ELLIOTT, ERIC CLAPTON, PETE TOWNSHEND, LISA MINELLI, ALLAN CLARKE, CHRIS DENNING, JOHN ENTWISTLE, RINGO STARR, DENNY LAINE, TWINKLE, PHIL MAY, PETER PENTON, THE FOURMOST, etc, etc, etc…

He also drew great response when he began a week’s residency at new London club THE 7 1/2 in Whitehorse Street. The 7 1/2 is an interesting new club with live entertainment by groups who play from 1 a.m. in the morning.

From Record Mirror – January 21, 1967
From Record Mirror – January 21, 1967


THIS MAN is Jimi Hendrix. And he’s dynamite! He’s not eating his guitar — just playing it with his teeth.

Jimi set the swinging London club scene alight last week with a stage act that left pop’s top names on their feet shouting for more.

In the audience at the Bag O’Nails, rapidly becoming the new “In” club in town, was a galaxy of stars including BEATLES Paul and Ringo with Brian Epstein, ROLLING STONE Bill Wyman, HOLLIES Allan Clarke and Bobby Elliott, WHO’s Pete Townshend and John Entwistle, CREAM’s Eric Clapton, Lulu, Small Faces, Donovan, Fourmost, Eric Burdon’s Animals, Georgie Fame, Geno Washington, DJs Chris Denning and Tony Hall and ex-Moody Blues singer Denny Laine.

Jimi Hendrix is the Greenwich Village discovery of original Animal Chas Chandler, whose experienced eye spotted obvious star quality in this giant coloured American.

Last week he was booked into the “Bag” and stars flocked to see him.

It was certainly a night to remember. Jimi did two spots of powerful, full-blooded blues which produced some amazing sounds and guitar gymnastics. He looks set to become one of the brightest stars of ’67.

From Disc And Music Echo – January 21, 1967
From Disc And Music Echo – January 21, 1967

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