On this day in 1967, The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was released.
We’ve rounded up 50 fun facts to celebrate the anniversary!
• After the release of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on 1 June 1967 it spent the remainder of the year at No.1 on the UK charts and returned to the top on 3 February 1968 replacing the soundtrack to the Sound of Music.
• It spent 15 weeks at #1 in America
• In 2003 Rolling Stone made it #1 in its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”
• Sgt. Pepper was recorded using four-track equipment
• Critic Kenneth Tynan described it as “a decisive moment in the history of Western civilization”.
• Time magazine called it “a historic departure in the progress of music”
• Paul plays a grand piano on ‘A Day in the Life’
• 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.”
• Recording was completed on 21 April 1967 and it was released on 1 June
• George Martin had recorded the crowd noises at the start of ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’ during a Beatles concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
• The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, called it “the most important and influential rock and roll album ever recorded”
• Pop artists, Peter Blake and Jann Haworth designed the album cover from an ink drawing by McCartney
• Engineer Geoff Emerick said “We spent three weeks on the mono mixes and maybe three days on the stereo.”
• Paul plays a Lowrey organ on ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’