Posted on June 2, 2017
However, four years and five studio albums later, the Beatles-as-an-absolute-craze had died down. For one thing, they had decided not to do commercial tours anymore (after their August, 1966, concert tour). For another thing, as incredibly important as the Beatles' music had been, some people had turned with interest to newer bands for a fresh new style.
Then *WHAM*! The Beatles released a new album - with a fresh new style.
And it Just. Took. Over!
|The cover was as influential as the music!|
On June 1, 1967, Sgt. Pepper was released in the U.K., and many people interrupted their day to pull over in their cars or stop whatever they were doing to listen to the entire album played on the radio in one long set.
The next day, on this date in 1967, Sgt. Pepper was released in the U.S. Unlike earlier albums, in which the record producers included different songs than those released on the British album, the Beatles had made sure that Sgt. Pepper was the same in the U.S.A. as it was in the U.K.
Did American kids give it the same reception as British kids?
Yes, yes they did.
Every car seemed to be tuned into a radio station playing Sgt. Pepper. Radio stations, at least at first, played the entire album at one time. People stopped what they were doing to really listen. Every hair salon, book store, and diner seemed to be playing the song.
The album stayed #1 for an amazing 27 weeks in the U.K. and 15 weeks in the U.S. It has become one of the best-selling albums in history, with more than 32 million copies worldwide sold.
|For Sgt. Pepper's 50th, the songs|
have been remixed and re-released.
|Everything about this album has been copied|
and / or referenced by others.
Here, the cast of the Big Bang Theory has some Sgt. Pepper fun!
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