The SGT. PEPPER LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND Released Their Masterpiece 55 Years Ago Today

Back in time

1 June 2022

THE BEATLES got tired of the disadvantages of being super-mega-nova
around the globe in the mid-60s. They even hated to see the band’s name
everywhere.

Macca
came up with the idea to call their 8th LP Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
as an alter-ego group of The Beatles. His idea involved an Edwardian-era military band, with a name in the style of contemporary San Francisco-based groups such as Big Brother and the Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

This would give them the freedom to experiment musically by releasing them from their image as The Beatles, explained Macca to the other three. George Martin recalled that the concept was not discussed at the start of the sessions, but it subsequently gave the album “a life of its own“.

The masterpiece was released 55 years ago today, on 1 June 1967, and
still stands out as their most innovative/experimental one (I agree totally).

10 Facts

1. The collage on the front cover includes 57 photographs
and 9 waxworks that depict a diversity of famous people.

2. Pop artists, Peter Blake and Jann Haworth designed
the album cover from an ink drawing by McCartney.

3. The album cover art cost nearly £3,000,
60 times more than was normally spent
at the time.

4. The Fab Four sold replicas of the coats they wore
on the album sleeve in their Apple Boutique.

5. 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,
so we didn’t put him on the list because he was more than merely a pop singer,
he was Elvis the King.”

6. It spent 15 weeks at No.1 in America and
was the biggest selling album of the year in the UK.

7. Three days after its release the Jimi Hendrix Experience opened
a show at the Saville Theatre in London with a rendition of the title track.
Harrison and McCartney
attended the performance.

8. The BBC banned ‘A Day in the Life’ because of the phrase
“I’d love to turn you on”; with the BBC claiming it could “encourage
a permissive attitude towards drug-taking”.

9. The lyrics were printed in full on the back cover,
the first time this had been done on a rock LP.

10. Ringo said “The biggest memory I have
of Sgt. Pepper is thet I learned to play chess

C’mon Pepper Band

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THE BEATLES: Website

STRIKING ALBUM ARTWORK…

Band: FLAMING LIPS
Album: WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
Released: 2014

It’s the Lips‘ version of The Beatles’ 1967 masterwork Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. If you are familiar (I am for a long time) with these Oklahoma space cowboys you know that anything they do – music, artwork, concerts – sounds, looks and strikes in an eccentric way suggesting they truly come from another planet. From a Phantasia-doped asteriod.

CD artwork

LP vinyl artwork

THE FLAMING LIPS: Facebook