The first woman to record with the Beatles?

The first woman to record with the Beatles?


norman lebrecht

October 29, 2013

Sheila Bromberg played harp on She’s Leaving Home. She also played sessions at Abbey Road sessions with lots of other pop stars. But was she, as she maintains, the first girl to pluck a Fab Four chord?

We await confirmation from resident Beatleologists.

sheila bromberg


  • Sylvia says:

    So beautiful! I don’t know if she was a first girl to pluck a Fab Four chord, but she plays amazingly.

  • John Kelly says:

    Fabulous stuff. Thanks Norman. At the risk of inspiring a potentially unprecendented stream of vitriol on here, I will mention that I agree with Ned Rorem (who wrote about this on several occasions in the late 1960s) that songs such as “She’s Leaving Home” rank with the songs of Schubert. Yes, I said it. And so did Ned………….Time Magazine 1967 “When discussing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, composer Ned Rorem described “She’s Leaving Home” as “equal to any song that Schubert ever wrote”

  • Sam says:

    But which Beatles did pluck her?

  • George Unsworth says:

    I think Iona Brown played on the sessions that included Eleanor Rigby but which came first? No idea.