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Sgt Pepper Cover Album 

Dartford Borough Council are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Beetles 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band which was created by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth. It won them the 1967 Grammy Award for Best Cover and became widely recognised across the world. And in the end, became one of the most iconic images in rock 'n' roll history. 

The album cover featured a Pop-Edwardian design with a star-studded crowd — including eight Beatles — gathered around a grave. The cover cost £3000 to produce which equates to approximately £51,333 at current prices and at the time, was one of the most expensive in history. Many people have speculated about the cover's intended meaning McCartney had come up with the initial idea: a presentation featuring a mayor, a corporation, a floral clock and pictures of famous people hanging on a wall behind the Beatles. 

The Fab Four gave suggestions for the figures to be included — ranging from Karl Marx to Fred Astaire to Dylan Thomas — and Blake ran with the idea, turning it into a full-on collage of celebrities crafted from cardboard models. The concept began that the band had just given a concert in a park and the famous faces were all there to catch the show.

The Beatles' day-glo military uniforms were designed in the run-up to the shoot. On March 30, Paul and George chose to wear the MBE medals they had been awarded a couple of years previously. John wore medals he borrowed from the mother of former Beatle Pete Best

The collage was meticulously created in the eight days prior to the photo session. Some of the suggested famous faces didn't make the cut for political reasons — notably Adolf Hitler, Jesus Christ and Gandhi (to ensure sales in India). Other exclusions were either accidents (Albert Einstein was blocked by Lennon's shoulder; Bette Davis was obscured by Harrison) or because of rights issues. The bass drum skin cover which features on the album artwork has been reproduced here in Dartford to create this magnificent floral display with the real won selling at auction in 2008 for £541,250. 

The album features tracks such as "When I'm Sixty Four," "With a Little Help From My Friends" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". The album — which took a little over three months to produce, over four to six sessions a week — sold 2.5 million copies in its first three months after it hit record stores on June 1, 1967. The album spent 27 consecutive weeks at number one following its initial release. 

Sgt. Pepper's' is the first album in history to have a full print of lyrics on the back cover of an album and came with little cut-outs, including fake moustaches, a postcard of a statue from Lennon's house, and paper sergeant stripes. 

So, 50 years after its release, the album remains a landmark recording and document of the era. It's a timeless cultural marker that hasn't lost much of its ability to dazzle after all these years.

Last Updated: 16th December 2017 Print Link

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