Friday, 1 June 2007

It was 80 years ago today...

....That Sergeant Pepper told the band to play.

One of the most wonderful and iconic albums ever made is 40 years old today. Listeners to my Wednesday night radio show will now just exactly how much I adore this piece of musical genius.

The Beatle's "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" hit first place in Rolling Stone magazine's top 500, not bad for an album which cost £25,000 to record. The first rock album to win Grammy Awards it wasn't without controversy, especially for drug references (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds), allegations that Lennon strongly denied.

Peter Blake designed the wonderful cover featuring a collage of cardboard cut-outs representing famous people throughout history. Both Hitler and Jesus were set to appear on the cover but were pulled at the last minute, a wonderful photo exists of the cutout's being held at the side of the studio during preparations of the photograph.

If you don't own it, buy it today!

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