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  A Day In The Life: Sgt. Pepper’s….

Written on May 19, 2017   By   in A Day in the Life

It was 50 years ago today, May 19, 1967 that The Beatles threw a huge press party at manager Brian Epsteins home in London. The party was to announce and celebrate the upcoming June 1st. Release of their eighth studio album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” The album celebrated a radical change in how The Beatles made records with it’s emphasis on experimentation. It also represented the official end to any future tours for the band, as they could never replicate the sounds and arrangements they were discovering in the studio. Sgt. Pepper would go on to become Thee most Iconic album in music history, as famous for it’s cover as it is for it’s music…..To date Sgt. Pepper has sold over 35 million units. And here is a small factoid. Sgt. Pepper was the first album to include all the lyrics to all the songs on the back cover!
P.S. More has been written about this L.P. Than any other compilation in music history…
P.P.S…Stand by for an onslaught of re-issues and re-mixes come June 1st.
……..YEAH, YEAH, YEAAHHH !

2 comments on “A Day In The Life: Sgt. Pepper’s….

  1. I remember May 19, 1967 very well. The vibes player Lynn Blessing was my boyfriend at the time and we lived on Descanso Drive in Silverlake. Lynn played with Paul Horn, Gabor Szabo, The Lovin’ Spoonful and The Flying Burrito Brothers among others. Judy Sill, who had at least one song recorded by the Lovin’ Spoonful (I don’t have all these facts) dropped by with her copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I’m sure we lit up a joint before we listened. I definitely remember we thought it was fantastic and revolutionary with the orchestrated instrumental arrangements and how they broke the mold. We were freaked out! Everyone was calling one another on the phone. It was absolutely electric!

    The album cover itself caused quite a stir with everyone from the black magician Aleister Crowley to an insert of the cello section that played on the recording on the far right. I hope I got this right.

    Incidentally, before I recorded my own Beatles album (Reflections), I started collecting unusual recordings of Beatles’ songs. One of my favorite is “Cello Submarine” by the cello section of the Berlin Philharmonic. Great Sound!

    Libbie Jo Snyder
    “The Flute & Voice of Libbie Jo”

    1. Rick says:

      God Bless Libbie Jo, for so succinctly capturing the anticipation, excitement and wonder that we all experienced in those early days of Sgt. Peppers release…..And if you were, as you are, a musician there was also a heavy dose of “HUNH”? Well done Libbie Jo, we too were on the phone calling friends asking if they’ve heard it?…..I vividly remember calling my best buddy and asking “Do you want to hang out on Saturday and listen to Sgt. Pepper all afternoon”.? We dissected it song by song note by note. That went on for weeks maybe months after the album was released.
      I was 16 at the time and very sober, but I gotta admit just a few years later I found pot! And what was I saying to my friends on the phone then?…..”Hey you want to get together Saturday, GET HIGH and listen to Sgt. Pepper al afternoon”?….
      Meanwhile, thanx to you Libbie Jo, I’ve got to get online and find “Cello Submarine”….”Wanna come over Saturdat and Listen to it all afternoon”?…..
      “A SPLENDID TIME IS GUARANTEED FOR ALL”

      Meanwhile, dear readers what are your ” Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” Stories? You know you have one!

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