Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
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  • Paul McCartney wrote this and sang lead. After recording it, he had the idea of doing the whole album as if Sgt. Pepper was a real band. It became the title track of what was considered a "concept" album, with the songs running seamlessly together on the record.
  • The album was heavily produced and took 129 days and about 700 hours to complete. The Beatles first album, Please Please Me, was recorded in less than 10 hours.
  • The crowd noise was dubbed in. The Beatles had stopped touring by then.
  • Three days after the album came out, Jimi Hendrix opened a concert with this. McCartney and Harrison were both there, and were very impressed that Hendrix learned it so quickly.
  • There really is an apostrophe in this song's title, although on the album cover, it is rendered without. Since the Lonely Hearts Club Band belongs to Sgt. Pepper, it is possessive, thus "Sgt. Pepper's."
  • This is reprised at the end of the album before the final track, "A Day In The Life."
  • This was recorded as one song with "With A Little Help From My Friends." They flow seamlessly on the album, creating a problem for radio stations that want to play just one of the songs. >>
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    Don - Rapid City, SD
  • George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr played this on May 19, 1979 at Eric Clapton's wedding. Clapton married Harrison's ex-wife, Pattie.
  • Artist Peter Blake designed the album cover as if Sgt. Pepper's band had just performed a concert. He asked The Beatles who they wanted at the concert, and put them in the cover design.
  • All living people depicted on the cover were asked permission. Mae West refused at first - she didn't want to be part of a "Lonely Hearts Club Band" - but The Beatles wrote her a letter and she agreed. Other characters depicted on the album cover include comedic duos Laurel & Hardy and Abbott & Costello, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple and W.C. Field. >>
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    Patrick - Tallapoosa, GA
  • Lennon wanted Jesus, Gandhi, and Hitler on the cover. He had recently taken a lot of heat for saying The Beatles were "Bigger than Jesus," so they decided not to.
  • It was rumored that the hand that is sticking out above Paul is that of Adolph Hitler. A Hitler cut out was on the set, but if you look at some side shots of the photo session, you can clearly see that the hand belongs to comic Issy Bonn, whose face is seen in between Paul McCartney and George Harrison. >>
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    Andre - Tampa, FL
  • On the cover of this album McCartney is taller than the other Beatles. This added to rumors of his death, since there is also a hand above Paul's head which is an omen of death. Also, if you take a mirror and put the edge on the center of the Lonely Hearts Club Band drum an arrow will point directly to McCartney.
  • Sgt. Pepper was the first pop album to come with printed lyrics on the cover.
  • The title is a parody of American bands who were choosing ridiculously long names for their groups.
  • Twelve years after "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "With a Little Help from My Friends" appeared on the Sgt. Pepper album, they were released together as a two-song medley and reached US #71 and UK #63. >>
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    Jerro - New Alexandria, PA
  • In 2005, Bob Geldof helped organize Live 8, a set of concerts held in eight countries with the goal of promoting activism. The concerts coincided with the G-8 summit, and Geldof was hoping to send a message to world leaders that they should increase aid to Africa and institute fair trade practices. On the London stage, U2 played this with McCartney to kick off the concert. The opening line, "It was 20 years ago today," was a reference to Live Aid, which Geldof organized for famine relief in 1985.
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was the first rock album to win a Grammy for Album of the Year. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • On the album cover, Paul McCartney is wearing an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) badge on his right sleeve. You can see this better on the inside artwork. >>
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    Pat - Varna, Canada
  • The hand-painted drum skin used on the cover of the Sgt Pepper album was sold at Christie's House in London on 10th July 2008 for £541,250 ($1,071,000) - setting a record for non-lyrics Beatles memorabilia.
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Comments: 111

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: http://www.oldiesmusic.com/news.htm {10-02-2018}...
    Geoff Emerick, engineer at Abbey Road studios on most of the Beatles’ recordings, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday (October 2nd, 2018) in Los Angeles, he was 72...
    Geoff won a Grammy award for his work on “Abbey Road”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and Paul McCartney’s “Band On The Run” albums...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Trebor from TexasIt turns out that Richard Goldstein listened to Sgt. Pepper with a stereo with a blown speaker. Read Geoff Edgers article or even Goldstein's memoir "Another Little of My Heart" where it is revealed and confirmed. Also, Goldstein admitted that he didn't like Sgt. Pepper because he didn't understand it. JOHAN- you are a soft and messy piece of work!!
  • Sos from San Diego, CaJohan from Sweden, is wild honey pie composed by Paul avant garde enough for you? You said name one so there it is, yet you ramble on and on. Yes, McCartney isn't the best but he will have done more than you ever will in your whole life, realistically. By the way, no one will ever care who Richard Goldstein is or was or what he published in some magazine.
  • Trebor from TexasTo JOHAN-Dude, you need to relax with you rants against Paul. You are going to have a major stroke. Your obsession with John is too consuming. It makes one wonder: do you sign out of work as John Ono Cavalli or Johan David Chapman? You have made your point here, there and everywhere so relax and float downstream.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 10th 1978, the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"/"With a Little Help from My Friends" {Medley} entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at #87; two weeks later on September 24th it peaked at #71 {for 1 week} and stayed on the chart for 7 weeks...
    The week it was at #71 three other cover versions of Lennon/McCartney songs were also on the chart; "Oh! Darling" by Robin Gibb was at #16, "Come Together" by Aerosmith at #23, and "Got to Get You Into My Life" by Earth, Wind, & Fire was sitting at #34, plus Wings’ “London Town” was at #48 ...
    Also at the time the soundtrack album from the movie "Sgt. Pepper" was at #6 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    And to top it off, two Beatles albums were on the Top 200; "Beatles 1967 - 1970" was at #75 and the "White Album" at #94.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyAs stated above, on June 4th 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared in concert* at the Saville Theatre in London, England...
    One of the songs the trio performed was a covered version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band"; the title track from the Beatles’ latest album, which had only been released three days earlier...
    In the audience to see their song being played were both Paul McCartney and George Harrison...
    * Also on the bill were Procol Harum, Denny Laine, and the Chiffons; and at the time Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" was at #1 on the United Kingdom's Singles chart.
  • Don from Willoughby, OhThis is a great album, But the best part is that 47 years after it was released ALL of you are still talking about it!.
    As long as The Beatles are talked about, Their music will never die!
    Keep Talking!
  • Harry from Sunnyvale, CaI think the disparate people on the cover in which the Beatles called their "friends" was a way to show the theme of their album, which was basically the transcendental experience of taking LSD which showed the meaninglessness of Maya, or illusion. It shows how the Beatles were outside society's conflicting psychology that people are conditioned with, and even their wax figures are standing around a grave of themselves, meaning that they've transcended themselves which was just a part of the whole. The most evident song of this was "Within You and Without You" that begins the second side of the album with the first verse saying "We were talking..." which lays it out without metaphor what the first side was saying, i.e., the absurdity of life.

  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenIn the magazine Rolling Stones, "100 greatest Beatles songs", among the first 20 songs, Lennon has 12, McCartney has 4, Harrison 2 and Lennon-McCartney have 2. Not a single song by McCartney from Pepper.
  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenTo the magazine MOJO, November 2012
    The Beatles were not Sgt Pepper and Paul McCartney!
    What do you mean with this ever banging on Sgt Pepper and Paul McCartney? The Beatles was not just 1967 and Paul McCartney. Cool down and tell me what´s so great with McCartney?? And when you go to the songs in Sgt Pepper, you only talk about A Day in the Life, and that is n o t a McCartney composition.
    And this banging on McCartney, “the avant-garde Beatle” and the tape – loops in Tomorrow Never Knows. Why don´t you say about the fact that Lennon composed Tomorrow Never Knows, and it´s innovation with only one chord, and bordun? Not a single word of it! And the idea of loop was not McCartney´s idea alone. Geoff Emerick writes in his book (2006, page 9): “ John decided to start the recording process by having me make a loop of him playing a simple guitar figure, with Ringo accompanying on drums. A loop is created by splicing the end of a section of music to the beginning so that it plays continuously.” Lennon composed several psychedelic avant – garde music. Please tell me one single avant-garde song, composed by McCartney, please, please just one!
    And why don´t you put in articles of the today points of view. Ian MacDonald died almost ten years ago, and McCartney´s friend and biographer Barry Miles wrote this 1996. That is not good journalism! The last book about McCartney is “An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney” by Howard Sounes 2010, and there he states that McCartney wrote “platitudinous ballads”, but Lennon was the “musical heavyweight” . You could have talked about that.
    Are the articles MOJO´s own idea, or is it as usual an influence from the McCartney PR-machine: George Martin/Paul McCartney, the duo who caused the Beatles split 1969.
    Why don´t you say anything about the Beatles first great hit, the Lennon composition Please Please Me from spring 1963, music with a new expressionism ? And why don´t you say anything about the fact that Lennon was the dominant composer in the singles and albums, with that new expressionism, 1963-1965, before Yesterday? And that just before Yesterday Lennon had four number one hits in succession, and that in the Hard Day´s Night album, Lennon composed 10 of the 13 songs, why? And that all over the world Lennon, during the Beatles period had 13 number one hits. You didn´t know that?
    Lennon composed the middle part in Michelle. Lennon composed All You Need Is Love.
    OK, McCartney played more instruments than Lennon, and was more active in the studio - especially after Yesterday when the press people appointed him “the Beatles composer” – but that does not mean that he was the greatest composer.

    Johan Cavalli
  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenRichard Goldstein in New York Times considered Sgt Pepper a soft and messy piece of work, without an apparent thematic development.
  • Allyson from Waverly, NyI SOOOOOO love this song!! And this is my favorite album!! =D I love their little outfits!! ^_^
  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenThe album Sgt Pepper is very overated. The reason why it so famous is that now 1967, the establishment -- after Yesterday -- had discovered the Beatles. The album is innovative in some songs just because of the arrangement, but the melodies are not innovative. But very good are "A Day in the Life" and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", but according to George Harrison, the rest is just ordinary popsongs.
    The album "A Hard Days Night" is far more innovative in melodies.
  • P from Lakewood, OhThis song and the album was influenced by Aleister Crowley and Satanism. The album cover displayed images of the band's heroes. Note the image of Aleister Crowley on the front cover. Crowley died 20 years before the release of the album - "It's was twenty years ago today..." As John Lennon said before the album was recorded: "Christianity will go, it will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that. I'm right and will be proved right. . . .We're more popular than Jesus now."
  • Parker from Liverpool, United Kingdomthis album was thought of as one of the best albums in the world 22 hours after debut
  • Julia from Milton, Pamy favorite beatles song, although it just barely passes hey jude and nowhere man.
  • Brian from Boston, MaIt was 43 years ago today[June 1st 2010] Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.Amazing album that has stood the test of time.Sgt. peppers was one of the first Cds I ever owned released 23 years ago today. If not for my hearing about its' release on tv and reading about its' importance in newspapers I may never have taken the time to fimiliarize myself with their music.Thanks Beatles for changing how I look at {and listen] to music.
  • Brian from Boston, MaThis album has had a bigger effect on me than any other music. This was my first real introduction to the Beatles. In 1987 the CD was released for the first time.After hearing all the hoopla in the media about the importance of this music I listened to Sgt Peppers. I had smoked some pot and listened to the cassette that I borrowed from a friend. I have been a major Beatles fan ever since. I play guitar now because of the Beatles [only as a hobby] but it has brought great joy to my life.
  • Perry from Portsmouth, NhAccording to Geoff Emerick's wonderful book "Here, There, and Everywhere" Paul played lead, rhythym, and bass guitars on this song. Paul actually played lead guitar on several songs and in Emerick's opinion was a better guitarist than George.
  • Rj from Philapool, PaMichael from VA, I have an explanation: Ringo died in a motorcycle accident in 1966, and was replaced with a look-alike named Dingo. His sadness on the cover symbolizes their mourning for Ringo. Also, if you play Strawberry Fields backwards while looking in a mirror and hanging from the ceiling, you can hear John say, "I buried Richard."
  • K from Nowhere, OnOf course Paul looks taller than John and George - they're slouching!
  • Chloe from St. Louis, MoYes, Gregory, I do have thoughts on that: That's completely ridiculous. Stop overanalyzing and just enjoy the sheer epicness that is Sgt. Pepper.
  • Gregory Hogrefe from Findlay, OhNo one has really mentioned Aleister Crowley, the most wicked magician to have ever lived, who is shown second from the top left on the cover. I have been researching the 'Beast' (as he is self proclaimed) for a while now. It has been stated that Sgt. Pepper could possibly be a reference to Aleister Crowley... it was twenty years ago today that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play" (Aleister died Dec. 1947 and the album was released in mid 1967). Any thoughts?
  • Michael from Gloucester, VaDid anyone ever notice that on the album cover, over to the left where the wax beatles are, Ringo is the only one with a solid black shirt under his jacket, while the other 3 beatles have on white shirts with black ties. Ringo is also the only sad looking wax beatle, he is hunched over with a sad look on his face, while the other 3 are cheerful, and seem to be trying to cheer Ringo up. any explainations?
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaAmusing to hear singers on 60's variety shows do this song with an orchestra...a strange translation!
  • Ken from Louisville, KyGahndi was, indeed on the cover, but hidden behind a palm tree, so as not to be easily recognized.
  • Melissa from Denver, CoYou state that all four Beatles were 5'11". Untrue. Ringo Starr is far shorter and was always, always listed officially as around 5'8", although they have since stated that he was never taller than 5'7". Similarly, they were not all exactly 5'11" - Lennon was shorter than that. In the early days, after they started buying boots in London and found they could have them made, the three 'front men' 'corrected' for discrepancies in height to create a more uniform appearance on stage. Once they stopped touring, the variances in height between Lennon and McCartney and Harrison are much more readily visible.
  • Catherine from Essex, United Kingdomi love ths song, its so inspirational, its like something so big inside me and it is so important in the world, i can hear it in the song. its mind blowing, its like enlightenemnt in the modern world. anyway, the rest of the album is great too and the beatles are all equal and will live forver
  • Dave from London, EnglandOn the front of the album the picture shows a left handed guitar in flowers, paul mccartney plays a left handed guitar, this adds more suspicion about his death
  • Donna from College Station, TxNo 8 top album soundtrack list Oct 1978, source Billboard 10 years ago list Oct 8, 1988
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiNo, his name was William Shears Campbell. Hence, "Billy Shears."
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiCraig, the Beatles hater, this album won a Grammy for Album of the Year! How can it be pathetic childish crap, considering the album was the first rock album to win that award?
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, Ri"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was the first Rock Album to win a Grammy for Album Of The Year." Congrats Sgt. Pepper! A milestone for rock and roll- a rock album wins the Album of the Year Grammy. GO SGT. PEPPER!
  • Mckenna from Everson, Wathe billy shears mentioned at the end of this song and the beginning of "with a little help from my friends" refers to the winner of the "lookalike contest for when paul mccartney supposedly died". he was the one that supposedly replaced paul when this album was recorded. his name was william campbell shears
  • Simon from Chattanooga , Tnan interesting history:The Beatles began their music with a late 50s version of love songs and simple, sweet tunes throughout their first UK tour, and continuing on into the first visit to the USA. but soon after, they were allowed to move beyond the Ed Sulliven Show and reached what they may have called "new forms of possibilities". this took place, as we all know, with the release of their album; "Rubber Soul". but this continuing trend only led to a certain point, and when John was killed, it served as a wake up call to the fans, producers and the remaining Beatles. the sad fact of a life is this; no man is perfect, but all, at some point or another, forget to think about that. and it is this judgemental fact that led to the death of John Lenon; the man who killed him simply thought that he was evil. judgement led to anger;anger led to hate; and hate led to suffering. not trying to quote Yoda, but it is true; anger is not the path that led to a peaceful era. and now, Paul Mcartney releases a new album, which has songs so reminiscent of the early Beatles, it almost brings the tears to the eyes of fans still clinging to the message of The Beatles: "All You Need Is Love."
  • Simon from Chattanooga , Tnthis album, "Magical Mystery Tour", "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be" are most likely the best albums of the Second Beatle Age. this being after about 64-the finalality concerning the Beatles.
    Sgt. Peppers' also sports a small photo of Bob Dylan in the upper lefthand corner on the cover.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaYou know, this isn't so much of a concept album as it is a theme album. The only songs that fit the theme are this song, With a Little Help From My Friends and the reprise. If anyone would care to argue this, I'd love to hear it, because I can't think of how the other songs fit in.
  • Krissy from Boston, MaGhandi was not the cover. John wanted Hitler but they wouldn't put him on either.
  • Jack from Colorado Springs, CoThe first comment is not true. Paul McCartney didnt get the idea to make the album like a concert until the tracks where all ready recorded. and when he recorded it he allready knew what he was doing.
  • Krissy from Boston, MaI agree with Maha, Ringo Starr is 5'8". I don't believe in the Paul Is Dead hoax. There r clues to prove it but he and The Beatles have denied it many times.
  • Krissy from Boston, MaI love this ong. But Kelly Clarkson did an okay job doing this on American Idol but I think it could have been better. But everyone knows nobody can sing as good or better than them. It is just impossible.
  • Street Strategist from Hong Kong, Hong Kong"Sgt Peppers" is number 5 in the list called "Sounds at the Speed of Music: 50 Rock Anthems at 100 kph"
  • Maha from Auckland, New ZealandThe Beatles were NOT all 5' 11". Ringo is only 5' 8". This whole "Paul is dead" theory and the "evidence" on the St Pepper album cover is ridiculous.
  • Joe from Montvale, NjThis song combines hard distorted power chords with a 19th century brass sound and the chord progression is the same as Sunshine of Your Love by Cream released in late 1967.
  • Sal from Bardonia , NyA pyschedelic hard rock tune with a 19 century brass sound and a song that merges without silence into another song a technique that had a big influence on Pink Floyd.The album had other innovations like the concentric runout groove,printed lyrics, gatefold sleeve design,decorated inner sleeve, orchestral crescando's,a chord that lasts 40 seconds, phasing, close miking indian instruments and trippy carnival music and the whole album is linked together with no conventional pauses and also has hidden messages on the album cover.
    Sal,Bardonia,NY
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScYeah, isnt' Ringo 5 Ft. 8 or something?
  • Patrick from Tallapoosa, GaHere's something interesting I just thought of, regarding the "LONELY HEARTS" part of the "P.I.D." rumors: IONEIX could not be November 9. We Americans would think that. IN reality, the date would be written in European, with the day preceding the month. So...IONEIX is really... the 11th of September. So Paul McCartney did not "die" November 9th, but rather September 11th.
  • Z from Washington, DcI have a Beatles poster in my room. Ringo is signifigantly shorter than the other three
  • Joe from Lethbridge, CanadaPaul is wearing the insignia of the Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.). It was given to him after a 1966 Toronto concert, when they were being taken to the airport in a police van.
  • Sam from Shanghai, ChinaBrian from NJ - yeah this is what eventually led to Brian Wilson's Smile album, which achieves the century's award for biggest waste of time if you ask me. And Mary from NY, I have to disagree. Bono absolutely does not rock, not at all. His droning shatters people's spectacles and makes my skin crawl. Now to say something positive - absolutely sensational album!
  • Olle from Stockholm, SwedenOne of the best albums ever and this song is a great beginning of it.
  • Robb from Hamburg, NyRingo was the shortest, John and George were the same height and Paul was the tallest. How would that have to do with anything anyways?
  • Don from Newmarket, CanadaPaul also plays the guitar lead in this song. Also Shirley Temple's image is featured the most on the cover.
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnA grand opening to a classic, groundbreaking album. Most radio stations played both the title tune and With a Little Help From My Friends. The album cover is one of the best.
  • Brian from Marlton, NjHas anyone else ever heard that the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was part of what led to Brian Wilson's nervous breakdown? I read somewhere that he listened to the album constantly, amazed by it, trying to come up with an album to top it.
  • Calum from Bathgate, ScotlandSgt. Pepper's is one of my favourite albums. A Day in the Life is a classic song, as are most of the others on the album.
  • Sarah from Pittsburgh, Pa***The fact you have about Hitler being the hand above Paul is FALSE. It was Issy Bonn's hand. You can tell because the cuff on the wrist matches his suit. Hitler WAS on the sidelines, as it shows you in the Sgt.Pepper packet, but he was wearing black and his arms were down in his pockets. Also, Ghandi WAS included in the cover, but on the CD it's not there. On the page where it shows who all the people are in the picture, on the bottom it saays that Ghandi was painted out "at the request of EMI". He would've been near the palm tree if they hadn't painted him out. Geeee. So many errors!
  • Patrick from Tallapoosa, GaIf you hold a flat-edge mirror glass (no frame) up against the words "LONELY * HEARTS" in the middle of the letters, the message reads "I ONE IX * HE-DIE" with a small arrow pointing to....Paul. Supposedly Paul died November 9th the year before the album was produced.
  • Patrick from Tallapoosa, GaAccording to urban legend, Sgt. Pepper was created after Paul had "died". On one of their spiritual journeys to India, lead by George, they met a man named William (forgot last name). He looked so much like Paul it was uncanny. They trained his voice up a bit, and his debut was this album. The lyric "Billy Shears" was said to be code, indicating that "Billy's here."
  • Lee from Clearwater, FlListon was put on the cover because Ali had taken his title away. the cover is full of has beens, all of them including the way the beatles used to look. therefore it is only fitting that Liston be put on the cover instead of Ali. Ali was a winner.
  • Sarah from Pittsburgh, PaYou were incorrect when you said Mae West refused and a look-alike was used. Right in the Sgt.Pepper CD case it says the following:

    "Mae West replied, "No, I won't be on it. What would I be doing in a lonely hearts club?" So the beatles wrote her a personal letter and she changed her mind."
  • Ken from Louisville, KyBeatles producer Geroge Martin did a television special and U.S. lecture tour on the "Making Of Sergeant Pepper", but has admitted that he considers the best Beatles album is "Revolver".
  • Patrick from Tallapoosa, GaThis album also was one of the first albums to include little "goodies". Like with Cheech & Chong's album "Up in Smoke," which came with rolling papers, "Sgt. Pepper" came with some novelty badges, fake mustaches, or small cut-outs of the band, that could be stood up.
  • Patrick from Tallapoosa, GaWhen the album was created, it became one of the first albums to have one song seamlessly transition into another song. This effect, along with the dubbed-in crowd noises, and the sound effects of the band warming up, gave the illusion of a live concert recorded onto the album.
  • Justin Miller from New Hamburg, InPaul's jacket states the letters "O.P.P" as in Ontario Provincial Police. It is said that Pauls Imposter William Campbell worked for this department. Strangely, Pauls jacket is creased in a manner almost to make it look like "O.P.D" or Officially Pronounced Dead.
  • Ryan from Brentwood, CaThis question is for everybody... What do you think of getting that Sgt. Pepper logo tattooed? Its on page 249 in the Beatles Anthology book.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScI like the White Album better too, but this is a great album.
  • Aleksandra from Sofia, BulgariaGreat album ! This album should be a handbook in music world !
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhRolling Stone said this is the best album ever, but I think they got the wrong Beatles's album. I personally think the White Album is better, listen to them back to back and decide for yourself. Cobain 12th, really? Eddie Van Halen only made #70?! Rolling Stone is nuts.
  • Jim from Kansas City, KsWell Scott, Claremont, CA I too agree that the "Paul is dead" theory is rubbish. But the point you make about him doing interviews after 1970, the belief goes that paul was replaced by a look-alike, so some "believers" could call you on that.
  • E from Vancouver, CanadaNow I agree that this album is amongst the greatest, but just to let you know, Rolling Stone Magazine always has the most idiotic lists. They are never accurate. Hell they claim that Cobain is the 12th greatest guitarist of all time lol. Meanwhile Eddie Van Halen is at 70... so don't ever take those Rolling Stone lists seriously. As for
  • Simon from Montpellier, Francebest album ever made! im not the only one to think this! it was voted the greatest album of all times by the most important music magazine: rolling stone! (visit rollingstone.com)
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhTake a close look at Paul on the inside cover of the album, he's actually wearing the insignia patch of a Canadian police officer. He is also wearing his medal that the Beatles received from Queen Elizabath, the same medal that John later returned in protest.
  • Vincent from St. Davids, EnglandThe greatest opening act in music history.
  • Richard from Newport, Isle Of Wight, EnglandPaul did play this at Live8, but on two separate BBC interviews on the day, he stated that he'd never played the song live before. Poor old Sir Paul clearly has a poor memory. The song is on his 1990ish live album "Tripping the Live Fantastic" and, looking at this webpage, it seems that the Beatles minus John performed it at EC's wedding to Patti in 1979.
  • Laura from Santa Fe, NmHa Ha funny Shana. I caught that in the theater and my friend and I were laughing so hard and everyone was staring at us because we were the only ones that got it! I'm 12, is there anyone here remotely close to my age?
  • Shana from Detroit Rock City, CanadaI'm pretty sure that the movie Shrek 2 makes a reference to this song/album when the invitation to Far Far Away arrives...Shrek says, " Oh yeah? Well what about Srgt. Pompous and the Fancy Pants Club Band?"
  • Jude from Thomasville, GaThis album was the first Beatles album I got for Christmas. My dad bought it for me before he died. Playing it has always been a magical experience, like reading a new Harry Potter book. You really wish it would never be over. Thank you, Beatles, more than I can ever say. Sir Paul, you were awesome at Live 8.
  • Jon from Danville, Casome crazy "Paul is dead" believers say that the yellow flowers under the "beatles" flower design say "Paul?" but if you look at the cover without looking for clues to some crazy hoax the flowers look like they are spelling "nrU::(backwords c)".
  • Mary from Medina, Nybono and mcartney played this at live 8,which was yesterday,july 2nd '05,and that is awesome cuz both those guys rock...big time
  • Ken from Louisville, KyPaul has repeadely said that the name "Billy Shears" had NO significance except that it rhymed with "years".
  • Ken from Louisville, KyPaul's original title was "Dr. Pepper's...." until it was mentioned to him that Dr. Pepper was an American soft drink (evidentially it wasn't sold in England then). Traditionally, band leaders were called "Doctor" in the Victorian era.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScYeah Dylan! A lot of Pink Floyd songs are out there.
  • Dylan from Cambridge, MnI don't know louis, The Piper At The Gates of Dawn is pretty out there...
  • Louis from San Diego, CaBest Acid Rock album of all time. Even better than any Floyd ones
  • Spencer from Fixing A HoleI'm not quite sure of the Beatle's individual heights, but I know at least Ringo couldn't have been as tall as Paul, George or John. Ringo was in a coma as a child, resulting in him being a little on the shorter side. And for anyone thinking Paul is dead, it must've been really bold for his look-alike to perform at halftime of the superbowl, only the most watched broadcast in the world. He also seems to have managed to attain Paul's musical skills, exact tone of voice, and be able to sustain a solo career...the things some people come up with is beyond me. You know they most likely threw in some possible "clues" to Paul's "death" just to screw with people who might actually believe such crap.
  • Malcolm from Johannesburg, South AfricaA sensational masterpiece. They were so far ahead of their time. Without a doubt they were the most influential band that has ever walked the earth. Essentric and diverse, they had it all. I would have loved to have been around in those days. Sgt Pepper is truly sensational, it makes the listener more attached to the Imagery of the Lyrics.
  • Joblahblah from Sanjoaustin, United StatesOn the cover of Sgt. pepper's lonely hearts club band album if you look at paul's clothes you will see the letters O.P.D. wich means officially pronounced dead that is one of the clues to paul's unreal death.
  • Jordan from Ontario, Canadai read that they cut up little pieces of the record and stuck them together randomly to create that gibberish at the end, scott
  • Matt from Waterloo, Nybest album of ALL time, the latest beatles album where they all actually worked together for the entire album without ono and arguing in the way...the album flows perfectly and is genius..my favorite
  • Scott from Claremont, CaI think Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was one of the best albums by The Beatles. The thing I don't get is at the end of "The Day In T|he Life" how they were talking gibberish. I played it backwards but it didn't sound like anything. When my cousin heard that for the first time, she said "how can you sleep at night after listening to that?". But the other songs are cool. I think they are saying at the end of "The Day In The Life" something about Paul's unreal death. If you seriosly think he's dead, you're wrong, DEAD wrong! have you seen the recent interveiws with Paul AFTER 1970?!
  • Nn from Atlanta , GaLook at the cover of Sgt. Pepper and you'll see Liston down on left by the young Beatles photo.
  • Alan from City, MiListon was one of the ones to be on the cover but refused and was therefore one of the ones to be airbrushed.
  • Nn from Atlanta , Ga I don't understand why did they put Liston on cover and not Ali when Ali was much more popular than Liston at this time, especially since Ali was against war in Vietnam just like they were. It's interesting that they excluded him, remember Ali was one that took picture with them when they first visited U.S. You can see Muhammad Ali's pictures on their Anthology series which tells that he was closer to them than Liston, yet they put Liston on cover and not him. It's interesting.
  • Dave from Baltimore, Mawhy can't people ever figure out where to put the "h" in Gandhi?
  • Jason from Mesa, AzAfter Revolver, The Beatles went on break. When they returned Paul had an idea of playing as a band under a different name. It was not Mal Evans idea for the name Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, it was Pauls. He was just being modest on the Anthology, didn't want to take all the credit. But it was his original idea.
  • Shell from Riverdale, GaMy dad had this album and my sister and I nearly wore it out when we were kids. I gave the CD of it to my niece when she was twelve to hopefully foster an interest in good, very good, music, to hopefully counter the inevitable fascination with dreck like Hanson.
  • Josef from Corpus Christi, TxThis etire album was phenomenal from the very begining to end, especially listening to it on a record player after doing a number. That very first riff was an ear opener. Brilliant and WAY ahead of it's time.
  • Marc from Philadelphia, PaThe Sgt Pepper title actually came from Mal Evens Beatles road manager....But Paul continues to say he had the idea...In the Antology he says..."Its an idea I had ...I think"...But George and Ringo remember it being Mal's idea.
  • Scott Baldwin from Edmonton, CanadaI actually agree with catherine!
  • Euan from Glasgow, ScotlandCatherine, Glasgow is in Scotland!!!!!!!!!!!!



    shame!
  • Ian from Urbana, IlIn the episode 'Lisa the Vegetarian' from the Simpsons, apu plays a little snippet of this w/ some bongos as paul and linda stand there grooovin to it.
  • Ashley from Philadelphia, PaYes, Mae West did refuse, because she thought why would she be in a "lonely hearts club band". So the Beatles wrote her a letter and she changed her mind. She is on the cover, in the top row, third from the left, in between Aleister Crowley and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
  • Catherine from Glasgow, EnglandWhy did they leave out Ghandi? he was Brilliant!
  • Patrick from Conyers, GaDuring the original photo shoot for the album cover, more characters were used in the background, but when the album was ready for publication and distribution, some of the characters had to be airbrushed out because they wanted royalties or their lawyers threatened lawsuits against the band.
  • Liza from The Dalles, OrJohn Lennon also wanted Ghandi, but they left him out too.
  • Gonny from Faketown, GaJohn Lennon wanted to put Jesus on the cover but he decided not to after he made the comment about the Beatles being bigger than Jesus.
  • Charles from Charlotte, NcAdolph Hitler's image was in the mix for the cover photo but was nixed at the last minute.
  • Jason Lee from New York, NyThanks to the folks at songfacts for adding my contribution.
  • Jason Lee from New York, NyThis album should be one of the seven wonders of the world (along with Tommy of course).
  • Noam from Ein Zivan, Israelpeter blake is now a royal artist.
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