Penny Lane
The Beatles
Beatles 1967 Penny Lane 45

Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs
Of every head he's had the pleasure to know
And all the people that come and go
Stop and say hello

1967
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967 for one week
  • RIAA certified Gold record
  • peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles chart in 1967
  • from the album Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
  • on the record:
           Paul McCartney- lead vocals, piano, bass, harmonium, tambourine, percussion
           John Lennon- backing vocals, piano, guitar, congas, handclaps
           George Harrison- guitar, backing vocals
           Ringo Starr- drums, handbell
           George Martin- piano
           David Mason- piccolo trumpet solo
           Ray Swinfield, P Goody, Manny Winters, Dennis Walton- flutes, piccolos
           Leon Calvert, Freddy Clayton, Bert Courtley, Duncan Campbell- trumpets, flugelhorn
           Dick Morgan, Mike Winfield- oboes, cor anglais
           Frank Clarke: double bass
  • producer George Martin plays piano on the track
  • since "Penny Lane" was released as a double A-side single with "Strawberry Fields Forever", many consider it to be the greatest single ever released; both songs were recorded during the sessions for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • David Mason who played the trumpet solo on the recording brought nine trumpets to the session but settled on the B-flat piccolo trumpet; Mason also played on other Beatles songs, including "A Day In The Life," "Magical Mystery Tour," and "All You Need Is Love"
  • ranks #449 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • written primarily by Paul McCartney, credited to Lennon/McCartney
  • McCartney and Lennon grew up in the area of Penny Lane in Liverpool, England and they would meet at Penny Lane junction to catch a bus into the center of the city
  • the barbershop mentioned in the song was Bioletti's - it displayed pictures of different haircuts it offered
  • McCartney: "The song is part fact, part nostalgia..."
  • produced by George Martin
  • recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London
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