Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released May 26, 1967
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Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released on May 26, 1967
1967 Perhaps The Beatles album with the most enduring legacy is Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released on May 26, 1967 at the height of the counterculture of the 1960s. The album capped off years of invention and innovation by the Fab Four, with their preceding albums Revolver and Rubber Soul marking a new era in their discography.
All songs written by Lennon–McCartney, except “Within You Without You” by George Harrison.
No. Title Lead vocals Length
- “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” McCartney 2:00
- “With a Little Help from My Friends” Starr 2:42
- “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” Lennon 3:28
- “Getting Better” McCartney with Lennon 2:48
- “Fixing a Hole” McCartney 2:36
- “She’s Leaving Home” McCartney with Lennon 3:25
- “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” Lennon 2:37
Total length: 19:34
No. Title Lead vocals Length
- “Within You Without You” Harrison 5:05
- “When I’m Sixty-Four” McCartney 2:37
- “Lovely Rita” McCartney 2:42
- “Good Morning Good Morning” Lennon 2:42
- “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr 1:18
- “A Day in the Life” Lennon with McCartney 5:38
Total length: 20:02
The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has a widely recognized album cover that depicts several dozen celebrities and other images. The image was made by posing the Beatles in front of life-sized, black-and-white photographs pasted onto hardboard and hand tinted.
It was created by Jann Haworth and Peter Blake, who in 1967 won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts for their work on it. Blake has said that the intention was to show a new band surrounded by fans after a performance.
“I suggested that they had just played a concert in the park. They were posing for a photograph and the crowd behind them was a crowd of fans who had been at the concert. Having decided on this, then, by making cut-outs, the fans could be anybody, dead or alive, real or fictitious. If we wanted Hansel and Gretel, I could paint them and they could be photographed and blown up. I asked the four Beatles for a list and I did one myself. Robert Fraser did a list and I can’t remember whether Brian Epstein did one or not. The way that worked out was fascinating. John gave me a list and so did Paul. George suggested only Indian gurus, about six of them, and Ringo said, “Whatever the others say is fine by me” and didn’t suggest anyone. It’s an insight into their characters. All kinds of people were suggested. Hitler was there; he is actually in the set-up, but he is covered by the Beatles themselves as we felt he was too controversial. The same applied to Jesus. There were only two of their contemporaries on the cover. Bob Dylan was suggested by John and I put on Dion because he is a great favourite of mine.”
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. Released on 26 May 1967, it spent 27 weeks at number one on the Record Retailer chart in the United Kingdom and 15 weeks at number one on the Billboard Top LPs chart in the United States. It was lauded by critics for its innovations in songwriting, production and graphic design, for bridging a cultural divide between popular music and high art, and for reflecting the interests of contemporary youth and the counterculture. Its release was a defining moment in 1960s pop culture, heralding the Summer of Love, while the album’s reception achieved full cultural legitimisation for pop music and recognition for the medium as a genuine art form.
Sgt. Pepper is regarded by musicologists as an early concept album that advanced the roles of sound composition, extended form, psychedelic imagery, record sleeves, and the producer in popular music. The album had an immediate cross-generational impact and was associated with numerous touchstones of the era’s youth culture, such as fashion, drugs, mysticism, and a sense of optimism and empowerment. It is considered one of the first art rock LPs, a progenitor to progressive rock, and the start of the album era. In 1968, it won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour; in 2003 it was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. It has topped several critics’ and listeners’ polls for the best album of all time, including those published by Rolling Stone magazine and in the book All Time Top 1000 Albums, and the UK’s “Music of the Millennium” poll. It remains one of the best-selling albums of all time and the UK’s best-selling studio album, with more than 32 million copies sold worldwide as of 2011.
18 awesome facts on The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Regarded by many as revolutionising pop music and culture, the album defined the late 60s spending an incredible 27 weeks at the top of the album chart.
The concept album was loosely based around Paul McCartney’s idea that the music centre around the fictional Sgt. Pepper band and contained seminal classic tracks including Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds, A Day In The Life and the memorable psychedelic title track.
The album is also notable for George Harrison’s Indian-influenced Within You Without You, the Ringo-led With a Little Help from My Friends and the timeless cover art work designed by Peter Blake featuring 57 photographs and nine waxworks of figures from pop culture history.
With sales of 5.1 million copies, Sgt. Pepper is the third-best-selling album in UK chart history and in 2003 Rolling Stone made it number one in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Here’s 18 Fab Sgt Pepper Facts
- More than 700 hours were spent recording the album.
- A TV commercial for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes inspired Lennon’s Good Morning Good Morning.
- When I’m Sixty-Four was originally intended to be the B-side to Strawberry Fields. However McCartney then produced a substitute – that song was Penny Lane.
- The lyrics were printed in full on the back cover – the first time this had been done on a rock LP
- The most played track at The Beatles’ Pepper press launch was Procol Harum’s A Whiter Shade of Pale – issued the week before Pepper. Lennon played the song non-stop on his Rolls Royce record player all the way to the party.
Press launch of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at Brian Epstein’s house at 24 Chapel St. Belgravia London 19 May 1967.
- Among the people considered for the cover art but left off were Jesus Christ, Adolf Hitler and actor Leo Gorcey – the latter demanded a fee of $400.
- Mae West initially refused to have her image on the cover but relented after The Beatles personally wrote her a letter asking her permission.
- Closing track A Day in the Life includes a high-frequency noise, added by John Lennon to annoy dogs!
The song also includes backwards laughter with Lennon heard saying, ‘been so high’ followed by McCartney adding, ‘never could be any other way.’
- The title track was originally going to be split into two parts, opening and closing the album. However, George Martin said the final chord of A Day in the Life was so final that, “it was obvious nothing else could follow it.”
- George Harrison’s Only a Northern Song, was intended for inclusion right up to the moment that McCartney decided to reprise the title track.
- Jimi Hendrix loved the title track so much he opened his show with it – as he would throughout the remainder of 1967.
- While the BBC thought Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is a reference to LSD; John insisted that it was from a pastel drawing by his four-year-old son, Julian.
- In 2008 the bass drum skin used on the front cover sold at auction for €670,000.
- Producer George Martin plays a harpsichord on Fixing a Hole.
- Ringo said, “The biggest memory I have of Sgt. Pepper is I learnt to play chess.”
- Paul wanted to use 90 musicians but EMI would only agree to a 40-piece orchestra. As a result, McCartney and George Martin transferred each of the four takes to one of the four tape-tracks then available, so there are in fact ‘160’ musicians playing.
- NME’s critics voted Sgt Pepper the joint best album of all time in 1974 but by 2006 it did not make the paper’s 100 best British albums.
- When Paul was asked why Elvis Presley was not on the album cover he said: “Elvis was too important and too far above the rest even to mention- he was more than merely a pop singer, he was Elvis the King.”
TOP TWENTY OF THE DAY
OFFSHORE PIRATE RADIO LONDON TOP 20 Sunday 21st May 1967
Last This Presented by Ed Stewart
1 1 Waterloo Sunset Kinks
5 2 The Happening Supremes
6 3 Finchley Central New Vaudeville Band
12 4 Get Me To The World On Time Electric Prunes
29 5 A Whiter Shade Of Pale Procol Harum
3 6 24 Sycamore Wayne Fontana
17 7 My Old Car Lee Dorsey
1 8 Silence Is Golden Tremeloes
21 9 Groovin’ Young Rascals
19 10 Okay! Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich
16 11 Two Streets Val Doonican
18 12 Love Eyes Nancy Sinatra
10 13 Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me Gladys Knight & the Pips
– 14 There Goes My Everything Engelbert Humperdinck
35 15 Day Time, Night Time Simon Dupree & the Big Sound
26 16 Just One More Chance Outer Limits
23 17 Fly Me High Moody Blues
31 18 Tabatha Twitchit Dave Clark Five
11 19 The Wind Cries Mary Jimi Hendrix Experience
4 20 Then I Kissed Her Beach Boys
TOP TWENTY OF THE DAY
OFFSHORE PIRATE RADIO 270 TOP 20 21st-28th May 1967
Radio 270 was anchored in the North Sea 7 miles off Scarborough
1 (16) A Whiter Shade Of Pale Procol Harum
2 (2) Pictures Of Lily The Who
3 (9) Love Eyes Nancy Sinatra
4 (10) Fly Me High The Moody Blues
5 (20) Groovin’ The Young Rascals
6 (1) Silence Is Golden The Tremeloes
7 (6) Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon Neil Diamond
8 (14) The Wind Cries Mary The Jimi Hendrix Experience
9 (23) I’ve Got Rhythm The Happenings
10 (18) 24 Sycamore Wayne Fontana
11 (19) Two Streets Val Doonican
12 (25) The Happening The Supremes
13 (17) This Song Is Just For You Clinton Ford
14 (20) Waterloo Sunset The Kinks
15 (21) Yesterday’s Papers Chris Farlowe
16 (13) Show Me Joe Tex
17 (12) Shake Hands and Walk Away Crying Lou Christie
18 (28) Lay Some Happiness On Me Dean Martin
19 (29) The Love Machine Elvis Presley
20 (7) Get Me To The World On Time The Electric Prunes
TOP TWENTY ALBUMS 28th May 1967
The album chart for 2 days after the release of Sgt Pepper Album and the first time the album showed up in the chart. The following week it jumped to No.1.
Pos LW Title Artist
1 2 THE SOUND OF MUSIC ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
2 1 MORE OF THE MONKEES THE MONKEES
3 3 GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONESDECCA
4 4 BEST OF THE BEACH BOYS THE BEACH BOYS
5 6 A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF THE DUBLINERS
6 21 ARE YOU EXPERIENCED JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
7 5 THE MONKEES THE MONKEES
8 New SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND THE BEATLES
9 7 THIS IS JAMES LAST JAMES LAST
10 8 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF ORIGINAL LONDON CAST
11 11 COME THE DAY SEEKERS
12 9 SECOMBE’S PERSONAL CHOICE HARRY SECOMBE
13 23 RELEASE ME ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK
14 17 GOING PLACES HERB ALPERT AND THE TIJUANA BRASS
15 10 MATTHEW AND SON CAT STEVENS
16 14 FOUR TOPS LIVE THE FOUR TOPS
17 12 GREATEST HITS – BOB DYLAN BOB DYLANCBS
18 13 HIT THE ROAD STAX VARIOUS ARTISTS
19 15 HOW GREAT THOU ART ELVIS PRESLEY
20 16 IMAGES WALKER BROTHERS
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