The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band”

By | Jun 1, 2017

1.    The 8th Beatles’ Album Sgt, Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was release in England on June 1, 1967 and in the United States on the next day.  However as early as May 26 the album was available at some music stores in London, England.  The Album was recorded between December 1966 and April 1967 at Abbey Roads Studios. It reached number one on the Album Charts in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.

2.    The idea was for it to be ‘concept’ album based on Paul McCartney’s idea of alter egos for the four Beatles. The Album was to be not the Beatles sounds but that of their doubles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  However the alter ego band’s concept ends after the first two tracks, but the music throughout uses imaginative new musical techniques.

3.    The original intention was for the title track to be broken into sections to open and close the album.  After the recording of With a Little Help From My Friends it was decided to put it as the second track and record a rockier reprise. The final chords of A Day In The Life convinced Martin that it needed to be the final track of the album. He said,  ‘The final chord of A Day in the Life was so final that it was obvious nothing else could follow it.’

4.    The George Harrison composed Only a Northern Song was to be part of the album, but was left off in favor of Within You Without You that was deemed a better choice.  Only A Northern Song is a bitter song that gives a sarcastic commentary on the Beatles’ publishing company “Northern Songs”.

5.    The album with a few exceptions has been a critical success.  It won the Grammy Award for best Album of the Year and in 2003 in the Rolling Stone list of ‘500 Greatest Albums’ it was rated number 1.

6.    The most played song at the press bash for the album was not a song from the album but Procol Harum’s  A Whiter Shade of Pale which was release just a week before the Sgt. Pepper’s Album.  It’s reported that Lennon played the song non-stop on his way to the party.


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