Today in 1967, the [lastfm]Beatles[/lastfm] finished work on an album that would be released in just a couple of months.
The collection would effectively change the course of musical history and rock ‘n’ roll.
As extremely popular as the album would be, surprisingly, there would be zero singles released off of it!
Sgt. Pepper spent 15 weeks at NUMBER ONE on the national Top 200 album chart.
Recording began in December of 1966. It took 129 days for the work to be created in the studio; mixing an array of rock ‘n’ roll, western classical, Indian, jazz and musical hall genres.
[lastfm]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] has been often quoted as saying, “If it wasn’t for ‘Pet Sounds,’ (The Beach Boy’s classic album of 1966) ‘Sgt. Pepper’ would never have been made.
[lastfm]John Lennon[/lastfm] and Paul loved that album so much that Paul willingly gives credit to it for spurring him on to create “Pepper.”
The album won a Grammy in early 1968 for “Album of the Year”.
Among other accolades, Rolling Stone Magazine named it the NUMBER ONE Album of all-time on the Top 500 list they published in 2003.
In 1967, way before we had cassettes, CD’s and downloads, the only format you could get it on was the big round vinyl 33 1/3 r.p.m. record.
Though there are some selected albums today that are also pressed on the vinyl record format once again, it’s a shame that with the end of the vinyl era, “album art” would also go the way of the hula hoop.
The big cardboard album “sleeve” was a perfect compliment to the record itself, often boasting creative art work and/or photography that were creative masterpieces themselves.
The cover of “Sgt. Pepper” was one of the more famous, instantly recognizable and admired “cover-arts” of all time, featuring scores of noted living and dead celebrities.
One, who shall remain nameless, had a chance to be included in the ensemble but insisted payment for it. That celeb was left off.
Here’s the complete track list:
1. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” 2:02
2. “With a Little Help from My Friends” 2:44
3. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” 3:28
4. “Getting Better” 2:47
5. “Fixing a Hole” 2:36
6. “She’s Leaving Home” 3:35
7. “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” 2:37
1. “Within You Without You” 5:05
2. “When I’m Sixty-Four” 2:37
3. “Lovely Rita” 2:42
4. “Good Morning Good Morning” 2:41
5. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” 1:18
6. “A Day in the Life” 5:33
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was released on June 1, 1967 in the U.K. and a day later in the U.S.
It was the Beatles’ 8th studio album and ranks as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll/musical masterpieces in the almost 55 years of the rock era.