The Beatles -- ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (2.02)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, bass guitar; John Lennon: Backing vocal, lead guitar; George Harrison: Backing vocal, lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums; Organ: George Martin; French horn: James Buck, Neil Sanders, Tony Randall, John Burden

No one really knows where Paul got the name ‘Sgt. Pepper’ from, but Mal Evans insisted that he used to use it as cockney rhyming slang for salt and pepper. Paul’s guitar playing, however, was undoubtedly inspired by Jimi Hendrix, who was rapidly making a name for himself in the clubs around Soho.

Paul went to see him on no less than five separate occasions in the four months preceding this song. (Indeed, Jimi was so chuffed at the tribute that he performed it on stage just three days after it was released!)

The warm-up noises at the start were taken from an orchestral warm-up at the ‘A Day In The Life’ sessions, and the audience laughter at the end was mixed from their Hollywood Bowl concert and an old edition of ‘Beyond The Fringe’.

Rumour has it that when they …

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