Who’s Who On The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Album Cover (2022)

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1: Sri Yukteswar Giri 2: Aleister Crowley 3: Mae West 4: Lenny Bruce 5: Karlheinz Stockhausen 6: WC Fields 7: Carl Jung 8: Edgar Allan Poe 9: Fred Astaire 10: Richard Merkin 11: A Vargas Girl 12: Leo Gorcey 13: Huntz Hall 14: Simon Rodia 15: Bob Dylan 16: Aubrey Beardsley 17: Sir Robert Peel 18: Aldous Huxley 19: Dylan Thomas 20: Terry Southern 21: Dion DiMucci 22: Tony Curtis 23: Wallace Berman 24: Tommy Handley 25: Marilyn Monroe 26: William Burroughs 27: Sri Mahavatara Babaji 28: Stan Laurel 29: Richard Lindner 30: Oliver Hardy 31: Karl Marx 32: HG Wells 33: Sri Paramahansa Yogananda 34: Hairdressers’ wax dummy No.1 35: Stuart Sutcliffe 36: Hairdressers’ wax dummy No.2 37: Max Miller 38: Petty Girl No.1 39: Marlon Brando 40: Tom Mix 41: Oscar Wilde 42: Tyrone Power 43: Larry Bell 44: Dr. David Livingstone 45: Johnny Weissmuller 46: Stephen Crane 47: Issy Bonn 48: George Bernard Shaw 49: HC Westermann 50: Albert Stubbins 51: Sri Lahiri Mahasaya 52: Lewis Carroll 53: TE Lawrence 54: Sonny Liston 55: Petty Girl No.2 56, 57, 59 and 60: wax models of The Beatles 58, 71, and 73: Shirley Temple 61: Albert Einstein 62, 63, 64 and 65: The Beatles 66: Bobby Breen 67: Marlene Dietrich 68: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 69: Legionnaire from The Royal Antediluvian Order Of Buffaloes 70: Diana Dors 72: Cloth grandmother figure 74: Mexican Tree Of Life candlestick 75: Television set 76, 77, and 78: stone figures 79: Trophy 80: Lakshmi doll 81: Sgt. Pepper drum skin 82: Hookah 83: Velvet snake 84: Fukusuke statue 85: Stone figure of Snow White 86: Garden gnome 87: Tuba FAQs Related content Videos

The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band remains the most iconic album cover of all time. From Paul McCartney’s original concept to the final design, staged by British pop artist Peter Blake and his then-wife, Jann Haworth, it’s not just an album cover, but a dazzling display of modern art that defines its era.

Not only a groundbreaking design for the time, the artwork also broke the bank, costing almost £3,000 to create – well over £50,000 in today’s money and more than any other pop album sleeve at that time. The concept was for the four Beatles themselves to appear in costume as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, surrounded by a gathering of influential people as if they had just performed a concert. A total of 58 different people are depicted on the final artwork, which was photographed by ​Michael Cooper. As Peter Blake once said, doing ​”this by using cardboard cut-outs, it could be a magical crowd of whomever they w​anted.”

Those chosen from a collective list drawn up by John, Paul, George, Peter Blake, Jann Haworth, and London art dealer Robert Fraser. Looking to avoid any serious controversy, Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler were deemed unsuitable for inclusion, while other choices, such as Mahatma Gandhi and Leo Gorcey, were removed for different reasons. Also notable by his absence is Elvis Presley, who, Paul McCartney later said, was “too important and too far above the rest to even mention.”

Those that made the final cut remain a fascinating cross-section of cultures, importance, and each individual Beatle’s own interests. To paraphrase the song, you might have known the band for all these years, so here we introduce to you, everyone else that featured on the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover…

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1: Sri Yukteswar Giri

The author of the 1894 book The Holy Science, which attempted “to show as clearly as possible that there is an essential unity in all religions,” Sri Yukteswar Giri was guru to both Sri Mahavatara Babaji (No.27) and Paramahansa Yogananda (No.33). His prominent position in the top left-hand corner reflects George Harrison’s (No.65) growing interest in Indian philosophy. In August 1967, two months after the album’s release, The Beatles had their first meeting with the Maharashi Mahesh Yogi, at the Hilton Hotel on London’s Park Lane, where they were invited to study Transcendental Meditation in Bangor, North Wales.

2: Aleister Crowley

A hugely prolific occultist and author who formed his own religion, Thelema, Crowley’s central tenet was, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law, love under will.”

3: Mae West

Mae West initially refused to allow her image to appear on the artwork. She was, after all, one of the most famous bombshells from Hollywood’s Golden Age and felt that she would never be in a lonely hearts club. However, after The Beatles personally wrote to her explaining that they were all fans, she agreed to let them use her image. In 1978, Ringo Starr (No.63) returned the favor when he appeared in West’s final movie, 1978’s Sextette. The film also featured a cover version of the “White Album” song “Honey Pie.”

4: Lenny Bruce

Lenny Bruce revolutionized comedy in the 50s and 60s, ushering in a personalized style that influenced many later comedians. By the time he appeared on the Sgt. Pepper’s cover, he had been arrested for obscenity, further making him a countercultural hero not only for The Beatles, but also the Beatniks and Bob Dylan (No.15). He died of a drug overdose in August 1966.

5: Karlheinz Stockhausen

A German composer who pioneered the use of electronic music in the 50s and 60s, Stockhausen remains a godfather of the avant-garde, whose boundary-pushing music influenced The Beatles’ own groundbreaking experiments in the studio, starting with their tape experiments of Revolver’s “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Paul McCartney (No.64) introduced Stockhausen’s work to the group, turning John Lennon (No.62) into a fan; Lennon and Yoko Ono even sent the composer a Christmas card in 1969.

6: WC Fields

An American writer, comedian, and actor, WC Fields was the epitome of the all-around entertainer, whose career spanned both the silent film era and the talkies. His humor seeped into The Beatles’ own, while the vaudeville world he came from would also go on to influence songs the likes of “Your Mother Should Know.”

7: Carl Jung

Another progressive thinker who introduced new strains of psychology to the world, Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist whose Analytic Psychology school of thought pioneered the concept of individuation and self-realization in the early 1900s.

8: Edgar Allan Poe

Before being namechecked in “I Am The Walrus,” Edgar Allan Poe appeared on the right-hand side of the top row of the Sgt. Pepper collage. The poems and short stories that he wrote across the 1820s and 1840s essentially invented the modern horror genre, and also helped lay the groundwork for sci-fi and detective stories as we know them today.

9: Fred Astaire

In contrast to Mae West (No.3), Fred Astaire was reportedly thrilled to be asked to appear on the Sgt Pepper album cover. A child star who initially started dancing with his sister on stage, it was with Ginger Rogers that Fred made his greatest mark, in a series of classic Golden Age movies including Top Hat and Swing Time. He also appeared with John and Yoko in the 1972 television film Imagine.

10: Richard Merkin

Born in 1938, American painter and illustrator Richard Merkin was enamored with the early jazz period that flourished in the years before his birth. His modernist style matched the abstraction of jazz music, and also inspired Peter Blake’s tribute artwork, Souvenirs For Richard Merkin, created in 1966.

11: A Vargas Girl

Having made a name for himself designing posters for the Ziegfield Follies that appeared on Broadway across the 1910s to the 30s, Peruvian painter Joaquin Alberto Vargas Y Chávez went on to create a series of paintings of pin-ups. Known as the Varga Girls, they gained widespread exposure in Esquire magazine during the 40s, and also inspired a number of paintings that would appear on World War II fighter jets.

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12: Leo Gorcey

Along with Huntz Hall (No.13), Leo Gorcey was one of The Bowery Boys, a group of on-screen hoodlums who grew out of The Dead End Kids and The East Side Kids. Their movie franchise ran throughout the 40s and 50s, and totaled 48 films. As the gang’s leader, Gorcey was a prototype street thug who set the template for many to follow, though he refused to let The Beatles use his image unless they paid him a fee, which was declined.

13: Huntz Hall

A fellow Bowery Boy, Huntz Hall was known for playing the putz of the group, Horace DeBussy “Sach” Jones.

14: Simon Rodia

Born in Italy in 1870, Simon Rodia emigrated to the United States with his brother when he was 15. Living in various places for the next 35 years, Rodia finally settled in the Watts district of Los Angeles in 1920, and began constructing the Watts Towers the following year. Consisting of 17 interconnected sculptures, the project took Rodia 33 years to complete.

15: Bob Dylan

Dylan and The Beatles influenced each other throughout the 60s, each spurring the other on to making music that pushed boundaries and reshaped what was thought possible of the simple “pop song.” It was Dylan who convinced John Lennon (No.62) to write more personal songs in the shape of “Help!,” while The Beatles showed Bob what could be achieved with a full band behind him, helping the latter “go electric” in 1965. It was with George Harrison (No.65), however, that Dylan struck up the longest-lasting friendship; the two played together often in the years that followed, forming The Traveling Wilburys and guesting on each other’s projects.

16: Aubrey Beardsley

The influence of Aubrey Beardsley’s pen-and-ink line drawings had already made itself felt on Klaus Voormann’s artwork for Revolver, and here the 19th-century illustrator, whose own style was influenced by Japanese woodcutting, takes a position not too far away from Oscar Wilde (No.41), Beardsley’s contemporary in the Aesthetic movement.

17: Sir Robert Peel

A founder of the modern Conservative Party, Sir Robert Peel served as the UK’s Prime Minister on two separate occasions, 1834-35 and 1841-46. While he served as the UK’s Home Secretary, Peel also helped form the modern police force – and his name is still evoked today, with the terms “bobbies” and “peelers” referring to policemen in England and Ireland, respectively.

18: Aldous Huxley

Published in 1954, Aldous Huxley’s work, The Doors Of Perception, was required reading for the countercultural elite in the 60s. Detailing the author’s own experience of taking mescaline, it chimed with the consciousness-expanding ethos of the decade, and even gave The Doors their name. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in seven different years and died on November 22, 1963, the same day that both With The Beatles was released and President John F Kennedy was assassinated.”

19: Dylan Thomas

A beloved Welsh poet who died in 1953, The Beatles had all been fans of Dylan Thomas’ poetry by the time it came to creating the Sgt. Pepper’s artwork. “We all used to like Dylan Thomas,” Paul McCartney (No.64) later recalled. “I read him a lot. I think that John started writing because of him.” The late producer George Martin was also a fan, and even created a musical version of Thomas’ radio play, Under Milk Wood, in 1988.

20: Terry Southern

A satirical novelist and screenwriter, Terry Southern bridged the gap between the Beat Generation and The Beatles; he hung out with the former in Greenwich Village, and befriended the latter after moving to London in 1966. His dialogue was used in some of the most era-defining movies of the 60s, including Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb and Easy Rider.

21: Dion DiMucci

Originally the leader of Dion And The Belmonts, Dion DiMucci established a successful solo career with hits such as “The Wanderer” and “Runaround Sue” – doo-wop songs that characterized the rock’n’roll era that so influenced The Beatles.

22: Tony Curtis

Striking and versatile, Tony Curtis was a Hollywood idol who made a dizzying amount of movies (over 100) between 1949 and 2008. He will always be remembered for his role alongside Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe (No.25) in the 1959 cross-dressing caper Some Like It Hot, but another stand-out remains his performance alongside Burt Lancaster as fast-talking press agent Sidney Falco in the 1957 film noir The Sweet Smell Of Success.

23: Wallace Berman

American artist Wallace Berman more than earned his place on the album cover: his pioneering “assemblage art” took a three-dimensional approach to the collage style that Peter Blake excelled in, and is an influence that can be felt on the Sgt. Pepper’s design.

24: Tommy Handley

Like Max Miller (No.37), Tommy Handley was another British wartime comedian. Born in Liverpool, he would have been a local hero for The Beatles, and his BBC radio show, ITMA (“It’s That Man Again”) ran for ten years, from 1939 to 1949, until Handley’s sudden death from a brain hemorrhage.

25: Marilyn Monroe

Something of a Mae West (No.3) for her generation, Marilyn Monroe starred alongside Tony Curtis (No.22) in Some Like It Hot, and became the Hollywood pin-up of the 50s. Her shock death still attracts conspiracy theories; Sgt. Pepper was officially released on what would have been her 41st birthday ( June 1, 1967).

26: William Burroughs

From Bob Dylan (No.15) to David Bowie, Tom Waits to Steely Dan, Beat Generation author Burroughs has influenced many a songwriter over the decades. Less known is that, according to Burroughs himself, he witnessed Paul McCartney (No.64) working on “Eleanor Rigby.” As quoted in A Report From The Bunker, a collection of conversations with author Victor Bockris, Burroughs recalled McCartney putting him up in The Beatles’ flat on 34 Montagu Square: “I saw the song taking shape. Once again, not knowing much about music, I could see that he knew what he was doing.”

27: Sri Mahavatara Babaji

A student of Sri Yukteswar Giri (No.1), Sri Mahavatara Babaji is said to have revived the practice of Kriya Yoga meditation, which was then taken to the West by Paramahansa Yogananda (No.33). In the latter’s memoir, Autobiography Of A Yogi, Yogananda claims that Babaji still lives in the Himalayas, but will only reveal himself to the truly blessed.

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28: Stan Laurel

Together, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (No.30) appeared in 107 films, mostly from the late 20s to the mid-40s, including iconic outings Block-Heads and Way Out West. Both had passed away before Sgt. Pepper was released: Hardy on August 7, 1957, and Laurel on February 23, 1965.

29: Richard Lindner

Lindner was born in Germany in 1901, but moved to the US in 1941, in order to escape the Nazis. In the 50s he developed a style of painting that drew upon Expressionism and Surrealism, along with the hyper-sexualised lifestyle that he encountered in New York. After appearing on the Sgt. Pepper cover, his abstract style would find echoes in the animated feature film Yellow Submarine.

30: Oliver Hardy

The larger one with the mustache from Laurel And Hardy, Oliver played the irascible foil to the hapless Stan (No.28). A recording by the duo (“The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine”) reached No.2 in the UK singles chart in December 1975.

31: Karl Marx

A prolific author, philosopher, and economist, Karl Marx is best known for his 1848 pamphlet The Communist Manifesto, which outlined the central tenets of his theories, and single-handedly kick-started a political movement. His work continues to influence modern economic thought.

32: HG Wells

Along with Edgar Allan Poe (No.8), HG Wells shaped the modern sci-fi story. After penning groundbreaking novels such as The Time Machine and War Of The Worlds in the late 1800s, he turned to writing more political works and also became a four-time nominee of the Nobel Prize In Literature.

33: Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

Yogananda learned the practice of Kriya Yoga at the feet of Sri Yukteswar Giri (No.1), who passed on the teachings of Sri Mahavatara Babaji (No.27). In 1920, Yogananda set sail for America, where he founded the Self-Realization Fellowship and introduced the Western world to meditation.

34: Hairdressers’ wax dummy No.1

One of two wax dummies borrowed from a local hairdresser. This one wears a striped red-and-yellow hat, while its counterpart (No.36) sports a green bonnet.

35: Stuart Sutcliffe

A friend of John Lennon’s (No.62) dating back to their time studying at Liverpool College Of Art, Stuart Sutcliffe was The Beatles’ original bassist. While the group were living in Hamburg and playing around the city’s clubs, Sutcliffe met photographer Astrid Kirchherr, who gave The Beatles their distinctive early 60s haircuts. Sutcliffe left the group in order to enroll in the Hamburg College Of Art, but his career was tragically cut short when he died, aged 21, from a brain aneurysm.

36: Hairdressers’ wax dummy No.2

On the opposite side of the gathering to the first wax dummy (No.24), this second dummy takes its place next to Stuart Sutcliffe (No.35)

37: Max Miller

Another vaudeville star, British comic Max Miller picked up the nickname “The Cheeky Chappie.” Known for his colorful dress sense and his risqué humor, Miller was the master of the double entendre. He also appeared in a number of films throughout the 30s.

38: Petty Girl No.1

Designed by George Petty, like the Vargas Girls (No.11), Petty Girls were pin-up paintings that appeared in Esquire, between 1933 and 1956, and also found a home on the front of World War II fighter planes – notably on the B-17 fighter jet nicknamed Memphis Belle.

39: Marlon Brando

In his iconic role of Johnny Strabler in the 1953 movie The Wild One, Marlon Brando captured the growing frustrations of the generation that gave birth rock’n’roll. Hailed as one of the greatest actors of all time, it’s also notable that Brando’s rivals in The Wild One, The Beetles, were almost-namesakes of The Beatles.

40: Tom Mix

As the man who became Hollywood’s first-ever Western icon, Tom Mix starred in a staggering 291 movies between 1909 and 1935.

41: Oscar Wilde

A playwright, novelist, and poet, Oscar Wilde left no shortage of aphorisms for which he is remembered, along with the novel The Picture Of Dorian Gray and plays such as The Importance Of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband.

42: Tyrone Power

A Hollywood heartthrob of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, Tyrone Power was known for starring as the titular hero in the swashbuckling adventure film The Mark Of Zorro, though he also played the role of outlaw cowboy Jesse James, and starred in musicals, romantic comedies, and war movies.

43: Larry Bell

An American artist known for large sculptures that play with light and space, Larry Bell first made his mark with a series of “shadowboxes” constructed in the 60s, and has since gone on to receive acclaim for his wide-ranging work, including the Vapor Drawings of the 80s and a subsequent range of Mirage Drawings.

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44: Dr. David Livingstone

It’s probably fair to say that Dr. Livingstone was to geographic exploration what The Beatles were to sonic innovation: fearless, ever questing, and mapping out new territories for the world. The famous “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” saying remains in common use today, and can be traced back to a meeting between Livingstone and explorer Henry Morton Stanley, who’d been sent on an expedition to find the former, who had been missing for six years. Livingstone was discovered in the town of Ujiji, in what is now known as Tanzania.

45: Johnny Weissmuller

An Olympic gold-medallist of the 20s, Johnny Weissmuller first made a name for himself as a swimmer before turning his eye to Hollywood. It was as Tarzan that he made his biggest mark on popular culture, returning to the role in a series of films and devising an iconic yell forever associated with the jungle hero.

46: Stephen Crane

Barely visible tucked in between the head and raised arm of Issy Bonn (No.47), Stephen Crane was a Realist novelist who, though dying aged 28, in 1900, is regarded as one of the most forward-thinking writers of his generation. His work incorporated everyday speech, which gave his characters an added realism, and his novels took an unflinching look at poverty.

47: Issy Bonn

A contemporary of Max Miller (No.37), Issy Bonn was a British-Jewish vaudeville star who also found fame on BBC Radio.

48: George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright who helped shape modern theatre. The first person to receive both a Nobel Prize (in 1925, for Literature) and an Oscar (in 1939, for Best Adapted Screenplay, for Pygmalion). His works continue to be staged in the 21st Century.

49: HC Westermann

An American sculptor who served in the US Marine Corps in both World War II and the Korean War, HC Westermann took the skills he learned as a carpenter and turned them to creating Expressionist sculptures that criticized the horrors he had witnessed while fighting overseas.

50: Albert Stubbins

Like Tommy Handley, Albert Stubbins (No.24) was a local Liverpool hero. Born in Wallsend, he became center-forward for Liverpool FC in 1946, where he helped the team win the League Championship the following year.

51: Sri Lahiri Mahasaya

A disciple of Sri Mahavatara Babaji (No.27), Sri Lahiri Mahasaya learned the discipline of Kriya Yoga in 1861, and subsequently passed the teachings down to Sri Yukteswar Giri (No.1), who in turn, passed them on to Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (No.33), of whom Mahasaya said, “As a spiritual engine, he will carry many souls to God’s Kingdom.”

52: Lewis Carroll

Speaking to the BBC in 1965, John Lennon (No.62) declared his love for Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass, revealing, “I usually read those two about once a year, because I still like them.” It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that the man who wrote the poem “The Walrus And The Carpenter,” which influenced Lennon’s lyrics for “I Am The Walrus,” is given a prominent display on the Sgt. Pepper’s album cover.

53: TE Lawrence

Immortalized in the 1962 film Lawrence Of Arabia, in which he was played by Peter O’Toole, TE Lawrence was a British archaeologist and military officer who became a liaison to the Arab forces during the Arab Revolt of 1916 to 1918. His 1922 book, Seven Pillars Of Wisdom, recounted his experiences during the war and laid the foundations for much of his legend.

54: Sonny Liston

The Beatles were famously photographed with boxing legend Cassius Clay in February 1964, in Miami, Florida. But it’s a wax model of boxer Sonny Liston, the man that Clay defeated later that month in order to become the heavyweight champion, who appears on the Sgt. Pepper cover. Liston had held the heavyweight title for two years, from 1962 to ’64, before losing it to Clay, who subsequently changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

55: Petty Girl No.2

Like its counterpart (No.38), this Petty Girl was one of a series of paintings by George Petty.

56, 57, 59 and 60: wax models of The Beatles

In a perfectly postmodern touch, The Beatles included wax models of their former Beatlemania-era selves looking on at their modern incarnation in full military psychedelic regalia. The models of John (No.57), Paul (No.60), George (No.56), and Ringo (No.59) were borrowed from Madame Tussauds for the Sgt. Pepper’s photoshoot.

58, 71, and 73: Shirley Temple

The very definition of a “triple threat,” Shirley Temple was an actress, singer, and dancer who became a child star in the 30s. She also appears on the Sgt. Pepper album cover three times over, her hair poking out from between the wax figures of John Lennon (No.62) and Ringo Starr (No.63), and also standing in front of the model of Diana Dors (No.70). There’s also a cloth figure of the star off to the far right, wearing a jumper emblazoned with the slogan “Welcome The Rolling Stones.”

61: Albert Einstein

Barely visible above John Lennon’s right shoulder (No.62), Albert Einstein was a physicist whose theory of relativity was light years ahead of its time and changed the world forever.

62, 63, 64 and 65: The Beatles

Resplendent in their military chic (or should that be military psych?) garb, John (No.62), Ringo (No.63), Paul (No.64), and George (No.65) presented themselves as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, looking like a psychedelic brass band brandishing a French horn, trumpet, cor anglais, and flute, respectively. Like the album cover itself, The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper costumes would become some of the most iconic band outfits ever, instantly recognizable and forever woven into the fabric of our culture.

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66: Bobby Breen

Like Shirley Temple (Nos.58, 71, and 73), Bobby Breen was a child star of the 30s. After enlisting in the military and entertaining the troops during World War II he became a nightclub singer, and, in 1964, even made some recordings for Berry Gordy’s Motown label.

67: Marlene Dietrich

Just as The Beatles did, Marlene Dietrich had continually reinvented herself, moving from silent movies filmed in 20s Berlin to high-profile Hollywood films of the 30s, before taking to the stage as a live performer later in her career. In November 1963 she appeared at the same Royal Variety Performance as The Beatles and was famously photographed with them.

68: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Famed for his non-violent protests and for leading the movement for Indian independence from British rule, Mahatma Gandhi was ultimately removed from the Sgt. Pepper album cover due to concerns that the use of his image would cause offense to the people of India.

69: Legionnaire from The Royal Antediluvian Order Of Buffaloes

Founded in London 1822, the Royal Antediluvian Order Of Buffaloes continues its work to this day, with outposts in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Africa, South Africa, India, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Its motto is “No man is at all times wise” and the organization continues to look after its own members, dependents of deceased members, and charities.

70: Diana Dors

Hailed as the British answer to Marilyn Monroe (No.25), Diana Dors starred mostly in risqué sex comedies, but later branched out into singing, notably with the Swinging Dors album of 1960. Her career found a new lease of life the following decade, both as a cabaret star and a tabloid sensation.

72: Cloth grandmother figure

Created by Jann Haworth, then-wife of Peter Blake, and co-creator of the Sgt Pepper album cover, this cloth grandmother doll was one of a number of stuffed artworks she made from textiles.

74: Mexican Tree Of Life candlestick

Traditionally, Mexican Tree Of Life sculptures came from Metepec, in the State Of Mexico, and depicted scenes from The Bible. The one on the Sgt. Pepper album cover is also a candlestick.

75: Television set

If the Tree Of Life candlestick (No.74) represented a more traditional way of telling a story, the portable TV9-306YB Sony television set was a wholly modern storytelling apparatus in 1967.

76, 77, and 78: stone figures

Along with the stone figure (No.77) that can be seen below the feet of the Shirley Temple doll (No.73), the stone figure of a girl (No.76) was one of a number of statues that John Lennon (No.62) and George Harrison (No.65) brought from their homes for inclusion on the cover. The most prominent of these is the bust positioned to the right of the bass drum (No.78), which came from Lennon’s house Kenwood, in Weybridge, Surrey, where he lived from 1964 to 1969.

79: Trophy

It’s said that the trophy nestling in the crook of the “L” of “BEATLES” was a swimming trophy awarded to John Lennon (No.62) when he was a child.

80: Lakshmi doll

Positioned front and center on the album cover is a doll of Lakshmi, the Indian goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity.

81: Sgt. Pepper drum skin

The famous Sgt Pepper drum skin shows one of two designs by Joe Ephgrave, a fairground artist. His second design used more modern lettering and was attached to the other side of the bass drum, giving the group two options during the photoshoot.

82: Hookah

Originating from India, the hookah is a tobacco-smoking instrument designed so that the smoke is filtered through a water basin before being inhaled. Its inclusion on the Sgt Pepper album cover is a nod to both George Harrison’s (No.65) love of India and John Lennon’s (No.62) love of Lewis Carroll (No.52), whose Caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland smokes a hookah.

83: Velvet snake

Placed beneath Sonny Liston (No.54) is a purple velvet snake most likely to have been one of Jann Haworth’s cloth designs.

84: Fukusuke statue

Identifiable by its oversized head and ears, the Fukusuke doll originates from Japan and is said to bring good luck.

85: Stone figure of Snow White

Just in front of the Fukusuke doll (No.84) is a statue of Snow White, from Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

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86: Garden gnome

Barely visible to the left of the “B” in “BEATLES” is a typical garden gnome, the likes of which originated in 19th-century Germany.

87: Tuba

Like the French horn, trumpet, cor anglais, and flute held by each of the individual Beatles (Nos.62, 63, 64, and 65), the tuba is a mainstay of brass band instrumentation.

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The cover art portrays the band in costumes, as seen in the I am the Walrus musical segment of the film. John is the walrus, Ringo is a chicken, Paul is a hippo and George is a bunny. The project of Magical Mystery Tour and the album are considered to be the Beatles' only failure.

What was unusual about the Sergeant Peppers album? ›

Sgt. Pepper was the first pop album to be mastered without the momentary gaps that are typically placed between tracks as a point of demarcation.

How did Elvis influence The Beatles? ›

As teenagers, The Beatles, especially John Lennon, were strongly influenced by Elvis Presley. They started wearing their hair slicked back like Elvis. They admired his rebelliousness and his appeal to women, not to mention his musical talent.

What band inspired The Beatles to write their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band? ›

' So that's what Sgt. Pepper was all about.” But, Elvis inspired more than just the concept behind Sgt Pepper's, he came to define the actual sound of the record too.

Why is it called Sgt. Pepper? ›

The inspiration is said to have come when roadie Mal Evans innocently asked McCartney what the letters "S" and "P" stood for on the pots on their in-flight meal trays, and McCartney explained it was for salt and pepper. This then led to the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band concept, as well as the song.

What was the song Penny Lane written about? ›

The lyrics refer to Penny Lane, a street in Liverpool, and make mention of the sights and characters that McCartney recalled from his upbringing in the city. The Beatles began recording "Penny Lane" in December 1966, intending it as a song for their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

How old were the Beatles when they recorded Sgt. Pepper? ›

Supposedly one of the first songs Paul McCartney ever wrote, at the age of 16, it finally found a home – and instant, eternal fame – on Sgt Pepper.
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What did the Beatles think of Sgt. Pepper? ›

During the 1980s, George Harrison revealed what he thought about several of the songs from The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. George said he liked half the songs from the album and hated the other half.

What is the rarest Beatles album? ›

The Fab Four's “Yesterday and Today” album, often referred to by musicologists as the “rarest Beatles record in the world,” features the band in white coats covered in cuts of beef and decapitated baby dolls.

Are old Beatles albums worth anything? ›

You'll be pretty pleased if your version of The Beatles' Please Please Me is an early version from the UK's Parlophone label. Those copies have a black and gold label on the vinyl and songs are credited to Dick James Music Company as opposed to Northern Songs. It's worth anywhere from $4,200 to $7,300.

Which Beatles album does not feature any of the band members on its cover? ›

'Rubber Soul' was the group's first release not to feature their name on the cover, which in 1965 was unheard of.

What was on the flip side of the Beatles Lady Madonna? ›

"The Inner Light" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by George Harrison. It was released on a non-album single in March 1968, as the B-side to "Lady Madonna".

Which Beatle album included songs that were performed at a rooftop concert in London Group of answer choices? ›

Let It Be

How much did Sgt. Pepper cost in 1967? ›

Pepper” cost $3.79. The Beatles begin “Sgt. Pepper” with the anticipatory buzz of an audience.

Did Pet Sounds come out before Sgt. Pepper? ›

But most definitions are looser, and there are two significant albums that preceded Sgt. Pepper's and are sometimes considered concept albums in their own right. The first is Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys (released in May, 1966). The second is Freak Out!

Did Elvis ever meet the Beatles? ›

On the evening of 27 August 1965, Elvis Presley and The Beatles, the music world's biggest stars, met for the first and only time.

Was Elvis Presley jealous of The Beatles? ›

Elvis Presley disliked The Beatles

After their meeting, Elvis Presley started making his dislike for The Beatles known. He even railed against them to a somewhat confused Richard Nixon during a visit to the White House in 1970. “The Beatles had been a real force for anti-American spirit,” Presley told Nixon.

Did The Beatles copy Elvis? ›

According to leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, the Quarrymen/Beatles performed at least 31 Elvis Presley songs during their live shows. Very few of those were ever recorded but the quantity of covers is a clear illustration of just how important 'the King' was to the members of The Beatles. - Pete Shotton.

Who wrote with a little help from my friends lyrics? ›

With a Little Help from My Friends

Who wrote Penny Lane? ›

Penny Lane

Did The Beatles copy Pet Sounds? ›

The awe he felt by being in Brian Wilson's company was one that The Beach Boys leader shared, with him being just as inspired by McCartney as the former Beatles man. Pet Sounds was a game-changing album when it was released in 1966 and, quite rightly, it is still held up as one of the finest LP's in existence.

Did Jimi Hendrix cover Sgt Peppers? ›

On 28th May 1967, only three days after The Beatles released Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album, legend guitarist Jimi Hendrix covered their hit single at Saville Theatre with Beatles members Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Why did Jimi Hendrix play Sgt. Pepper? ›

The guitarist had spent the better part of a week working on his opening number for a special show in London and his extra special audience members. With both Paul McCartney and George Harrison in the audience, Hendrix decided to open the show with his rendition of Sgt. Pepper's title song.

When did Hendrix play Sgt Peppers? ›

On Sunday 4th June 1967, guitarist Jimi Hendrix paid the ultimate compliment to The Beatles by performing the title track from their 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album live just three days after its release.

Who plays lead guitar on fixing a hole? ›

The part of honorary stand-in keyboard player to the greatest group in the world was offered to me.” Ringo Starr played drums (laying down the song's swinging 4/4 rhythm), John Lennon was on acoustic guitar and George Harrison played lead electric.

Did Jimi Hendrix Meet The Beatles? ›

The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix were certainly friends, though Jimi and Sir Ringo Starr's relationship was a little trickier. Jimi arrived in London on September 24, 1966, after impressing his later-manager Chas Chandler.

What did paul McCartney think of Jimi Hendrix? ›

For Paul McCartney to have witnessed Jimi Hendrix playing in those early days, before he became the legend he is now, he considers it a privilege, which says a lot about his humility. “It's still obviously a shining memory for me because I admired him so much anyway, he was so accomplished.

What did Eric Clapton say about Jimi Hendrix? ›

Clapton says, “After Jimi died, I was angry. I was incredibly angry. I thought it was, not selfish on his part but just erm, a lonely feeling—to be left alone. And after that, I kept running into people who kept shoving him down my throat 'Have you heard this one he did, this one's never been on record before'.

Is there a Jimi Hendrix movie? ›

Jimi Hendrix

What Jimi Hendrix died of? ›


Where did Jimi Hendrix perform Sgt Pepper? ›

Jimi Hendrix, who was already a great fan of the band, bought the album on the day of its release and two days later performed an audacious cover of the title track at the Saville Theatre. He didn't know at the time that some of The Beatles were in the audience.

Did George Harrison ever meet Jimi Hendrix? ›

George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix never officially met, but they had similar views on fame. They were two of the most famous musicians in the 1960s, George with The Beatles and Hendrix with The Jimi Hendrix Experience. However, neither of them could be bothered with fame. All they cared about was their music.

Where was The Beatles last performance? ›

The Beatles famously played their final ever live performance on the rooftop of Apple Studios in 1969.

Does Jimi Hendrix have a kid? ›

Who wrote the Beatles song Fixing a Hole? ›

Fixing a Hole

Who played bass on Fixing a Hole? ›

However, George Martin, in his book "Summer Of Love," insists that Paul relinquished the keyboard role on the song to him while Paul took up his usual instrument of bass guitar. However, the 2017 release of the 50th Anniversary Edition of the "Sgt. Pepper" album settles the issue once and for all.

Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.. Created by the British pop artist Peter Blake and his wife Jann Haworth, the cover featured the Beatles in their Sgt.. Owners of the pictures have over these past 50 years, been selling them to collectors.. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover again?. Original and replica costumes used by The Beatles on the Sgt.. Anyway, I hope you have the album nearby as you read this.. Here is something for those of you who have ever looked at that cover and wondered who those people are with the Beatles.. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band uniforms, Bobby Breen, Marlene Dietrich, a Legionnaire from the Antedeluvian Order of Buffaloes charity organization.. Sgt.. Want another Sgt.. Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane were originally recorded for this album but were released earlier as two sides of a single.

This was a giant leap from the 9 hour and 45 minute single session on February 11th, 1963 used to record ten of the fourteen tracks for their first album, “ Please Please Me .” Then again, this early album was a necessary diversion from their primary occupation, the concert stage.. Pepper’ was the one album where things were done slightly different.. Pepper" album by saying: "It was intentionally a sort of fun album for the high times.". John also has this to say about the album being wrapped together into a uniform concept: “’Sgt Pepper is called the first concept album, but it doesn’t go anywhere.. Pepper and his band, but it works, because we said it worked, and that’s how the album appeared.. “The album was a big production, and we wanted the album sleeve to be really interesting,” remembers Paul McCartney.. Paul elaborates further in his 2021 Hulu series " McCartney 3,2,1 " "The sort of thing I was thinking at the time, and I knew the others thought similarly, was that when we'd been in Liverpool and you bought an album, it was a huge event, actually buying a vinyl album 'cause you, number one, you'd have to save up lots of money to get it.. With the help of a television show that captured the hearts of young audiences, their singles raced to the top of the pop charts and their quickly released albums broke all records on the album charts – their first two albums, both released during The Beatles hiatus, concurrently topped the Billboard album chart for a total of 31 straight weeks.. Their third album, “ Headquarters ,” also beat the Beatles to the top of the album charts in June of 1967.. Pepper” album way before its release.. Being dubbed the official soundtrack to the “summer of love,” it was a defining album of the emerging “psychedelic sound” of 1967, especially in reference to the album’s startling closing track “ A Day In The Life .” The album’s somewhat open lyrical drug references, such as 'getting high' and 'turning on' (not to mention the proclaimed unintentional LSD reference in the initials to “ Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds ”) were noticed in droves by the media and listeners alike.. Not only have there been scores of similar or parodied album covers put on the market, the album has been paid tribute in song by other artists as well, such as the Johnny Rivers December 1967 hit “ Summer Rain ” which twice repeats how everybody “ kept on playing Sgt.. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band .” Without doubt, this legendary album perfectly encapsulates the free feeling of that special time.

Ringo Starr made Lennon and McCartney change the lyrics to "With a Little Help From My Friends" It takes a lot of nerve to dictate how a songwriting team as successful as Lennon and McCartney how to pen tunes, but Starr did exactly that for his "Sgt.. Jesus Christ was considered for inclusion among the array of people on the album cover Lennon had suggested that Christ be included in the sea of faces adorning the cover, but the idea was nixed -- probably a wise decision, given that, just a year before, Lennon had caused an uproar with his comment that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus now.". Among the alleged "clues" was a hand above McCartney's head on the front cover, the words "without you" -- from the lyrics to "Within You Without You" -- next to McCartney's head on the back cover, and, in the gatefold, a badge on McCartney's jacket that appeared to read "OPD," which some fans interpreted to mean "Officially Pronounced Dead.". Pepper's" album cover "Brian had a premonition that his plane was going to crash, so he sent a letter saying, 'Brown paper bags for Sgt.. Pepper's" was the first rock album to win an Album of the Year Grammy

Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” ran on June 18, 1967, with the headline “We Still Need the Beatles, but …” The Times’ current chief pop critic, Jon Pareles, revisited the album on its 50th anniversary this week.. The Beatles spent an unprecedented four months and $100,000 on their new album, “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” (Capitol SMAS 2653, mono and stereo).. The finished product reached the record racks last week; the Beatles had supervised even the album cover — a mind-blowing collage of famous and obscure people, plants and artifacts.. And, in what is becoming a Beatle tradition, George Harrison unveils his latest excursion into curry and karma, to the saucy accompaniment of three tambouras, a dilruba, a tabla, a sitar, a table harp, three cellos and eight violins.. Harrison’s song, “Within You and Without You,” is a good place to begin dissecting “Sergeant Pepper.” Though it is among the strongest cuts, its flaws are distressingly typical of the album as a whole.. But for the first time, the Beatles have given us an album of special effects, dazzling but ultimately fraudulent.. The Beatles have shortened the “banding” between cuts so that one song seems to run into the next.. “A Day in the Life” is such a radical departure from the spirit of the album that it almost deserves its peninsular position (following the reprise of the “Sergeant Pepper” theme, it comes almost as an afterthought).. “A Day in the Life” could never make the Top 40, although it may influence a great many songs which do.. Musically, there are already indications that the intense atonality of “A Day in the Life” is a key to the sound of 1967.. None of these songs has the controlled intensity of “A Day in thg Life,” but the willingness of many restrained musicians to “let go” means that serious aleatory-pop may be on the way.. Ultimately, however, it is the uproar over the alleged influence of drugs on the Beatles which may prevent “A Day in the Life” from reaching the mass audience.. In fact, a case can be made within the very structure of “A Day in the Life” for the belief that the Beatles — like so many Pop composers — are aware of the highs and lows of consciousness.

In terms of experimentation, it may not be too far-fetched to say that much of popular music in the half-century after 1967 has come under the influence of The Beatles ‘ Sgt.. It was time for another Stones album, and Sgt.. Pepper, my life was never the same again,” said Fripp.. The Beatles - A Day In The Life. Pepper made “the big difference” in music culture was that previously “people played it a bit safe in popular music and we realized that you didn’t have to.”. Sgt.. Sgt.. Pepper album cover and satirized the political stance and supposedly phony “hippie” values they thought were at the heart of the late 60s counterculture.. Sgt.. Pepper on an album that also features Bryan Adams .

Pepper) is the eighth studio album by the English rock band The Beatles , released on 1 June 1967 on the Parlophone label and produced by George Martin.. The album cover art, by English pop artist Peter Blake , depicts the band posing in front of a collage of their favorite celebrities, and has been widely acclaimed and imitated.. Pepper album cover, which features over 70 famous people, won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover in 1968.. The album packaging was art-directed by Robert Fraser, designed by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth, his wife and artistic partner, and photographed by Michael Cooper at Chelsea Manor Photographic Studios on March 30, 1967.. It features a colorful collage of life-sized cardboard models of famous people, including The Beatles themselves, in the guise of the Sgt.. In the center of the album cover, The Beatles stand behind a drum on which are painted the album's title.. Pepper marked the first time in history that the lyrics of the entire album were included with the album cover.. Due to this, the album cover was censored accordingly, removing the lyrics of those specific songs from the back of the album.. Sri Yukteswar Giri (Hindu guru) Aleister Crowley (occultist) Mae West (actress) Lenny Bruce (comedian) Karlheinz Stockhausen (composer) W. C. Fields (comedian/actor) Carl Gustav Jung (psychiatrist) Edgar Allan Poe (writer) Fred Astaire (actor/dancer) Richard Merkin (artist) The Vargas Girl (by artist Alberto Vargas) Huntz Hall (actor) Simon Rodia (designer and builder of the Watts Towers) Bob Dylan (singer/songwriter). Aubrey Beardsley (illustrator) Sir Robert Peel (19th century British Prime Minister) Aldous Huxley (writer) Dylan Thomas (poet) Terry Southern (writer) Dion (singer) Tony Curtis (actor) Wallace Berman (artist) Tommy Handley (comedian) Marilyn Monroe (actress) William S. Burroughs (writer) Sri Mahavatar Babaji (Hindu guru) Stan Laurel (actor/comedian) Richard Lindner (artist) Oliver Hardy (actor/comedian) Karl Marx (political philosopher) H. G. Wells (writer) Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (Hindu guru) Sigmund Freud (psychiatrist) - barely visible below Bob Dylan Anonymous (hairdresser's wax dummy). Stuart Sutcliffe (artist/former Beatle) Anonymous (hairdresser's wax dummy) Max Miller (comedian) A "Petty Girl" (by artist George Petty) Marlon Brando (actor) Tom Mix (actor) Oscar Wilde (writer) Tyrone Power (actor) Larry Bell (artist) Dr. David Livingstone (missionary/explorer) Johnny Weissmuller (Olympic swimmer/Tarzan actor) Stephen Crane (writer) - barely visible between Issy Bonn's head and raised arm Issy Bonn (comedian) George Bernard Shaw (playwright) H. C. Westermann (sculptor) Albert Stubbins (football player) Sri Lahiri Mahasaya (guru) Lewis Carroll (writer) T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia"). Wax model of Sonny Liston (boxer) A "Petty Girl" (by George Petty) Wax model of George Harrison Wax model of John Lennon Shirley Temple (child actress) - barely visible, first of three appearances on the cover Wax model of Ringo Starr Wax model of Paul McCartney Albert Einstein (physicist) - largely obscured John Lennon holding a French horn Ringo Starr holding a trumpet Paul McCartney holding a Cor Anglais George Harrison holding a flute Bobby Breen (singer) Marlene Dietrich (actress/singer) An American legionnaire Diana Dors (actress) Shirley Temple (child actress) - second appearance on the cover. Cloth grandmother-figure by Jann Haworth Cloth doll by Haworth of Shirley Temple wearing a sweater that reads "Welcome The Rolling Stones" A ceramic Mexican craft known as a Tree of Life from Metepec A 9-inch Sony television set, apparently owned by Paul McCartney - the receipt, bearing McCartney's signature, is owned by a curator of a museum dedicated to The Beatles in Japan.. A stone figure of a girl Another stone figure A statue brought over from John Lennon's house A trophy A doll of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi A drum skin, designed by fairground artist Joe Ephgrave A hookah (water pipe) A velvet snake A Fukusuke, Japanese china figure A stone figure of Snow White A garden gnome A euphonium/baritone horn. Leo Gorcey - was modeled and originally included to the left of Huntz Hall, but was subsequently removed when a fee of $400 was requested for the use of the actor's likeness.

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The two songs, “Strawberry Fields” and “Penny Lane”, were later cut from the album and released as an double A-side record.. George Martin recorded the crowd cheers heard between the songs ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ at one of their concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.. When planning the album track list, ‘Sgt.. Pepper’s’ was the first pop album in history to incorporate a continuous flow of music, allowing songs to transition smoothly into the next.. Nine takes of Harrison’s, ‘Only a Northern Song’ were recorded but it failed to make the album cut.. Pepper’s’ is the first album in history to have a full print of lyrics on the back cover of an album.. It won six Grammys in 1968, including Best Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.. Just before the release of the album, the band made a trip to Kings Road, Chelsea, with a copy of the album to visit The Mamas & The Papas singer and close friend, Cass Elliot.


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