By KIERSTYN WILBOURN
The year 2017, a year of new beginnings, is finally here. But fifty years ago, in 1967, the music industry underwent a serious change. Rock and roll was turning into psychedelic rock, and the Beatles produced one of the most historic albums of all time: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Over the years, the Beatles experimented with sounds, involving instruments from other cultures all over the world to bring a new sense of power to their music. However, the four men also turned to psychedelic drugs, such as LSD, which brought immediate commercial and critical success.
Main songs from the album include Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, A Day in the Life, I am the Walrus, and With A Little Help From My Friends. Sadly, Lucy in th Sky with Diamonds and With A Little Help From My Friends were banned by BBC, as they were suspected to be influenced by drugs. Many believed Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was abbreviated to represent the psychedelic drug LSD. But Lennon states that he got the idea from a picture his son painted previously and that the album was just a part of the musical and cultural changes of the 1960’s.
Who is Pepper? Many may ask, but the truth is, Pepper isn’t real. He’s a fictional character created in the mind of no other than Sir Paul McCartney. The Sgt. Pepper song wasn’t recorded until halfway through the album recording sessions when Paul suggested to make the album revolve around Sgt. Pepper as if Pepper and his band were real.
In 2003, the Library of Congress placed the album in the National Recording Registry, honoring it as “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”. Also during that year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number one on the list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. The album has sold 32 million copies worldwide making it one of the greatest selling albums in history.
From 1967, the Beatles would create 5 more albums and only perform together live once more, on the rooftop of Apple Corps, in 1969.