Let me to introduce to you Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Story by Jim Pennell

Photos courtesy of Charles Shafer

It was 50 years ago on June 1, 1967, when the world first heard those words. The release of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album by The Beatles ushered in the “Summer of Love” and forever changed the way popular music is recorded, presented and listened to. It is considered the first concept album and includes everything from traditional rock music to a 40-piece orchestra to recordings of barnyard animals. The album contains songs that are at times surreal, metaphysical, sensitive and light. They are varied in style and subject, but what makes them work so well together as a concept is they are all about life. The only love song, a staple of all other Beatles’ albums, is an ode to a meter maid. The record is widely regarded as the best album of all time and was the first rock album to receive the Grammy for Album of the Year. This was accomplished long before digital recording and editing, and was all painstakingly produced on…

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