That's actually an opening chord (really, to be pedantic, polychords)
Different musicians were playing different chords & notes. The predominant flavor of the chord is from George Martin playing grand piano, but the mix
is such that you don't notice it being from a piano.
You could write chapters on this one polychord (and some people have done so)!
That was the first song that popped in my head after reading the thread title. Probably the most recognizable opening to a song ever, at least in
the pop music culture.
Sam Cooke was an amazing talent. He had so much soul and it showed ten fold in his singing. Beth Hart has a version of this song that does the
original justice. I'd post it but my computer will not let me paste. Maybe someone could post it for me?
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The intro here is nearly as long as your entire song. It's two minutes of pure bliss IMO. I wish I'd never heard it so I could hear it for the first
time. I so dig the English horn that kicks it all off.
I was probably about 14 when I first heard this song and it gave me goosebumps. Even now with years of water under the bridge, it's holds the magic
that resonates in my soul.
Otis Redding's version gets to me the most. When he sings, 'It's been too hard living and I'm afraid to die, I don't know what's out there
beyond the sky,' it makes my heart sing in sympathy.
Those soul guys back in the 60s and 70s wrote great lyrics and produced incredible music. Ray Charles, Isleys, Marvin Gaye, Otis, Sam Cooke, Smokey,
Wilson Pickett and Al Green. I bet we could list another dozen classics : )
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