The 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band By The Beatles


For the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, WYEP explored the background and legacy of the album and its songs.

From the psychedelia of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" to the old-timey "When I'm Sixty-Four" to the Indian music of "Within You Without You" to the 41-piece orchestra of "A Day in the Life," the album pushed the boundaries in all directions of what a rock album could be. We're still feeling the ripple effects of Sgt. Pepper's a half-century later.

Listen to the audio to discover which song on the album was inspired by farm roof repair, which one was suggested by an antique wall-hanging, and which track came from a saying by a Ringo Starr stand-in. You'll also learn how many images of members of The Beatles can be seen on the album's cover art, as well as which George Harrison song almost became his contribution to the LP. Along the way, you'll hear clips from other people covering the songs on the album -- Gomez, Richie Havens, Barbra Streisand, Fats Domino, Patti Smith, and even Eddie Izzard, George Burns, and William Shatner.

After you listen to our audio tribute to the album, read our article The World Before Sgt. Pepper.




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