sgt pepper launch party

“I’ve had a lot of time to think, and only now am I beginning to realize many of the things I should have known years ago. I’m getting to understand my own feelings. Don’t forget that under this frilly shirt is a hundred-year-old man who’s seen and done so much, but at the same time knowing so little.”
- John Lennon (Sgt Pepper Launch Party 5/19/1967)

John Lennon at the press launch for the Beatles’ new album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, held at Brian Epstein’s house at 24 Chapel Street, London, 19th May 1967. (Photo by John Downing)

“At the launch party for Sgt. Pepper, John was high and the journalist Ray Coleman, who later wrote a biography of him, was seriously worried about his health when he met him that night. Not only was John clearly drugged, he was smoking and drinking heavily, and looked old and ill; his eyes were glazed and his speech was slurred. Ray had mentioned his concern to Brian, who had replied, ‘Don’t worry, he’s a survivor.’” - John by Cynthia Lennon

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Sgt Pepper era 1967

“One of George’s best songs. One of my favorites of his, too. He’s clear on that song. His mind and his music are clear. There is his innate talent; he brought that sound together. “ - John Lennon on “Within You, Without You”

“Oh, I’ve never been bored. There’s so much to do - so much to find out about, We’ve been writing and recording and so on.” - George during the Sgt Pepper launch party 19 May 1967

19 May 1967 - Forty-eight years ago today, the press launch for the album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band“ was held at the home of manager, Brian Epstein in Belgravia, London.  Photo Credit: Barrie Wenzell and excerpts below are from interviews with Norrie Drummond for New Musical Express conducted during the launch party

"It had to be just right. We tried and I think succeeded in achieving what we set out to do. If we hadn’t then it wouldn’t be out now.” - John

“You know, We’ve really been looking forward to this evening. We wanted to meet a few people because so many distorted stories were being printed. We have never thought about splitting up. We want to go on recording together. The Beatles live!“ - Paul

"Oh, I’ve never been bored. There’s so much to do - so much to find out about, We’ve been writing and recording and so on.”- George 

“People are very, very aware of what’s going on around them nowadays. They think for themselves and I don’t think we can ever be accused of under-estimating the intelligence of our fans.” - George

“The people who have bought our records in the past must realize that we couldn’t go on making the same type forever. We must change and I believe those people know this.” - John

Source - The Beatles Interviews Database