May I in­tro­duce to you, the act you’ve known for all these years...

The Bea­tles re­leased Sgt Pep­per’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50 years ago. MAR­ION McMULLEN presents fab facts about the land­mark al­bum

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Past Times -

1 SGT Pep­per’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was re­leased on June 1, 1967, and ini­tially spent 148 weeks in the British chart, in­clud­ing a to­tal of 27 weeks at num­ber one.

2 THE al­bum’s now fa­mous tracks in­clude With A Lit­tle Help From My Friends, Lucy In The Sky With Di­a­monds, When I’m 64 and A Day In The Life.

3 THE name sprang from a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Paul McCart­ney and Bea­tles roadie Mal Evans on a plane when Mal’s re­quest for salt and pep­per was mis­heard by Paul as “Sgt Pep­per.”

4 THE al­bum held the num­ber one spot for 15 weeks in Amer­ica and spent 88 weeks in the charts.

5 AMONG its many ac­co­lades, it won four Grammy Awards, in­clud­ing Al­bum Of The Year.

6 THE US Li­brary of Congress se­lected the al­bum for the Na­tional Record­ing Registry in 2003, recog­nis­ing it as “cul­tur­ally, his­tor­i­cally, or aes­thet­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant.”

7 THE band had given up on tour­ing so they poured their en­er­gies into stu­dio work for the record.

8 THEY used the stan­dard four-track tape record­ing of the day for the al­bum, an amaz­ing feat for such a multi-lay­ered al­bum.

9 THEY col­lab­o­rated with pro­ducer Ge­orge Martin to achieve “the im­pos­si­ble,” as they dubbed it.

10 ON June 4, just three days af­ter the al­bum’s re­lease Jimi Hen­drix opened a show at the Sav­ille Theatre in Lon­don with the record’s ti­tle song as The Fab Four watched. Paul de­scribed it as “one of the great hon­ours of my ca­reer.”

11 GE­ORGE once de­scribed the Sgt Pep­per as his favourite Bea­tles al­bum.

12 THE Bea­tles clocked more than 400 hours in Abbey Road’s stu­dio 2 record­ing the al­bum.

13 THEY fi­nally fin­ished their mag­num opus on April 21, 1967.

14 A VIC­TO­RIAN cir­cus poster bought by John Len­non while on lo­ca­tion shoot­ing the video to Straw­berry Fields, in­spired the song Be­ing For The Ben­e­fit Of Mr Kite!

15 A PIC­TURE drawn by John Len­non’s son, Ju­lian of one of his nurs­ery class­mates, Lucy O’Don­nell, in­spired Lucy In The Sky With Di­a­monds. It was not a coded ref­er­ence to drugs as many as­sumed.

16 GOOD Morn­ing Good Morn­ing was in­spired by a TV ad for break­fast ce­real.

17 SHE’S Leav­ing Home came from a news­pa­per re­port about a teen run­away called Me­lanie Coe.

18 RINGO STARR said: “Sgt Pep­per seemed to cap­ture the mood of that year and it also al­lowed a lot of other peo­ple to kick off from there...” 19 STRAW­BERRY Fields For­ever and Penny Lane were recorded dur­ing the Sgt Pep­per ses­sions, but never made it onto the al­bum. They were re­leased as a dou­ble A-sided sin­gle in Fe­bru­ary 1967.

20 THE al­bum cover, which sees The Bea­tles sur­rounded by celebri­ties and he­roes in a 3D col­lage, was cre­ated by Peter Blake and Jann Ha­worth.

21 AMONG those fea­tured on the cover were Lau­rel and Hardy, Mar­lon Brando, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, Bob Dy­lan, Fred As­taire, Tony Cur­tis and Al­bert Ein­stein.

22 ALL the band made a list of peo­ple they wanted to in­clude in the col­lage, ex­cept Ringo who said: “What­ever the oth­ers say is fine by me.” Among sug­ges­tions who did not make the fi­nal line up were Ghandi, Je­sus and Hitler.

23 THE orig­i­nal al­bum came with a free Sgt Pep­per card­board mous­tache and mil­i­tary patches.

24 JOHN LEN­NON wore a sporran for the al­bum’s press launch.

25 PAUL MCCART­NEY chat­ted to an Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher called Linda East­man at the launch. Linda first met Paul four nights ear­lier at the Bag O’ Nails club. They mar­ried in 1969.

26 THE BBC is plan­ning a range of pro­grammes to mark the an­niver­sary that in­clude never-be­fore-seen footage of the band and out-takes. Martin Free­man and Paul Mer­ton are among the stars pre­sent­ing ra­dio spe­cials.

27 A DAY in The Life was was in­spired by Tara Browne, the heir to the Guin­ness for­tune who died in a car crash. The song was banned by the BBC for al­leged drug ref­er­ences.

28 THE iconic fi­nal E Ma­jor chord that ends the song was played si­mul­ta­ne­ously on three sep­a­rate pi­anos by Paul, roadie Mal Evans and Ge­orge Martin.

29 AN an­niver­sary edi­tion re­lease of the al­bum has been brought out by Ap­ple Corps Ltd/Uni­ver­sal to mark the land­mark date. Newly mixed by Ge­orge Martin’s son Giles and Sam Okell, it will in­clude early takes from the orig­i­nal ses­sions.

30 SIR Paul has penned an in­tro­duc­tion for the Sgt Pep­per An­niver­sary Edi­tion and says: “It’s crazy to think that 50 years later we are look­ing back on this project with such fond­ness and a lit­tle bit of amaze­ment at how four guys, a great pro­ducer and his en­gi­neers could make a last­ing piece of art.”

The Fab Four show offthe gate­fold sleeve’s art­work

Len­non dons his sporran

Paul chats with wife-tobe Linda East­man at the al­bum’s launch party

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