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What instruments are used in the crescendo in the Beatles’ "A Day in the Life"?

Dear Cecil:

We have a Beatles trivia question on which a dinner-for-four wager rides. The question is this: on the Sgt. Pepper song "A Day in the Life," what instruments are used for the crescendo after the singer says, "I'd love to turn you on"?

David W., Chicago

Illustration by Slug Signorino

Cecil replies:

Dear David:

The crescendo is the product of a full-scale 41-piece orchestra, conducted by one P. McCartney, with Mal Evans soloing on alarm clock.

Cecil Adams

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