David Mason was one of those musicians who, although pieces of their work are very famous, remain mostly anonymous to the general public.
As the story goes, Paul McCartney, looking to add some flourish to Penny Lane, happened to catch Mason on the telly playing the piccolo trumpet as a member of the English Chamber Orchestra. The Beatle then recruited Mason to play a solo in the middle of the song- for which Mason received the one-time payment of a whopping 27 pounds and 10 shillings. Quite cheap for a piece that sears right into the memory upon the first listen!
Mason, who in his career was a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Philharmonia Orchestra, Covent Garden Opera and the English Chamber Orchestra, passed away on April 29, 2011, at the age of 85.
A request for you Clubbers: Please show some more examples of those relatively unknown musicians who have made memorable contributions to the work of more well known musicians and/or groups.