|The "Sgt. Pepper" album cover has become iconic.|
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" is both a single and an album, and the album is so famous that the song itself gets overlooked. The song itself, though, deserves recognition, and, weirdly enough, could be one of Paul McCartney's most overlooked compositions.
|The "Sgt. Pepper" uniforms are iconic.|
The song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" serves as a bookend for the album, both as the opening track and as the penultimate track (which segues into "A Day in the Life"). Paul was on holiday in November 1966 with roadie Mal Evans and came up with the general idea of creating an alter-ego for the band to perform as if they were another band. He jotted his ideas down in a notebook (which later became a prized collector's item that went to auction in 1998). This ultimately led to the song and the album.
The "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" album became such a phenomenon that its origins during that holiday were dissected by all involved. Evans later claimed that he deserved some credit for some comments he made to McCartney on the flight back to England (what exactly those comments were only the two men would know, but Evans apparently began talking about the salt and pepper shakers on the plane, which led to... Sgt. Pepper).
This could have become a major legal issue and Evans was "discussing" the matter with McCartney, but in 1976 Evans was tragically killed at his home in Los Angeles by the police. Evans' girlfriend had called and said that he had a gun and was dangerous. The police shot Evans dead when they saw him carrying an air rifle. After that, the controversy about the origins of "Sgt. Pepper" also died.
The song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" was released as a single by Capitol in the United States on 14 August 1978. The song segues into "With a Little Help from My Friends." The flip side was "A Day in the Life." The single was released in conjunction with the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" film. All things considered, the single did well, reaching No. 71 on the Billboard chart and No. 63 in the United Kingdom Music Week chart.
|Parlophone issued the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" single in the United Kingdom in September 1978.|
Paul still opens many of his concerts with this song - and, who can blame him? Obviously, from the album of the same name. Finally released as a single in 1978 and did quite well, all things considered. As everybody knows, this leads into Ringo's biggest moment as a member of the band.