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Sgt Pepper is 50 years old! 

Here are photos of John’s and George’s actual Sgt Pepper suits, which formed part of an exhibition at the V&A museum. Beneath are photos of a page from George’s 1967 diary, from the 1st April 1967. He writes, “Recorded Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band part 2.” Below is a telegram which George has stuck into his diary about ‘Within You Without You’. Lastly is a photo of George’s sitar. 

Apologies for the poor photography - they’re my own photos and taking photos wasn’t actually allowed, but the exhibition was called Records and Rebels 1966-1970… So I rebelled. 

Over the next few days I’m going to do a series of 13 posts dedicated to Sgt Pepper’s, one for each album track of this seminal album. The world was never the same again after Sgt Pepper taught the band to play…

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by English rock band the Beatles. Released on 1 June 1967, it was an immediate commercial and critical success, spending 27 weeks at the top of the albums chart in the United Kingdom and 15 weeks at number one in the United States. Time magazine declared it “a historic departure in the progress of music” and the New Statesman praised its elevation of pop to the level of fine art. It won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour.