Published on June 1st, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Sergeant Pepper at 50
It was 50 years ago today that The Beatles released Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Celebrating its golden anniversary, the album is still seen as the greatest album of all time.
The Beatles’ home city of Liverpool is marking this event with a three-week-long festival. Although Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are not taking part, the Liverpool Presents Sgt Pepper at 50 festival takes place with their blessing. With various artists and performers taking part, the whole album will be given a new lease of life.
You can find out more about the events planned at the Liverpool Presents Sgt Pepper at 50 website.
Top Ten Facts about Sgt Pepper
If you’re heading to a pop quiz sometime soon, make sure to keep these fascinating Sgt Pepper facts close to your chest.
- Strawberry Fields Forever took 55 hours to record, almost as long as the rest of the album.
- The iconic album cover designed by Peter Blake cost £3,000 which was a staggering 60 times more than the usual cost of an album cover at the time.
- A Day in the Life features a sound so high pitched that it is inaudible to humans, yet can be heard by dogs.
- Paul McCartney wrote When I’m 64 when he was 15 years old. At the time, his dad Jim was 64.
- John Lennon sang backing vocals and played guitar on Sir Elton John’s cover version of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in his last live performance in 1975.
- The inspiration for Good Morning, Good Morning came from cornflakes.
- Having spent 6 months at number 1 in the album charts, Sgt Pepper lost the top spot to the soundtrack to The Sound of Music.
- The front cover includes 57 photographs and nine waxworks of iconic famous figures. However, Elvis Presley was omitted as he was deemed “too important”.
- Lennon and McCartney having recorded their vocals for She’s Leaving Home revealed in an interview to the late Brian Matthews that The Beatles would never tour again.
- Sgt Pepper was the first album to be released simultaneously across the globe.
Music Giants at the Post Office Shop
For fans of music and popular culture, the Post Office Shop is home to some unique memorabilia and collectibles. Take a look at our Music Giants which celebrates the legacy of David Bowie and Pink Floyd, recently featured in our article Pink Floyd Exhibition at the V&A.