The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Sargent Pepper’s Army
It is well known who the Beatles are and also widely recognized that in 1967 they had this one iconic Long Play cover called Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Harts Club Band.
I will focus on how it was conceived and who appears on it.
It is worth reading further because it is culturally pop information for all likes.
The graphic artists behind this cover art are married couple Peter Blake and Jann Haworth.
There were more people involved but they were the project managers.
The visual content of the cover image was as great as the musical content recorded on the vinyl record.
An additional fact is that the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was the first disc with the letters printed on the disc wrap.
It is said that the composition of the illustration would be an allegory of those who would be invited to the funeral of the four Beatles.
As the name of the album indicates, the condition to be on the cover was to be of the lonely hearts club. That means Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
It is speculated that on this disc cover between all the lyrics of the songs, is hidden the “goodbye” given to Paul McCartney by his bandmates, it seems that it was at this time when Paul died, but it was not communicated to anyone and the myth or truth emerged? That the current ex Beatle is a double of the original.
The idea of making a cover like that “originated ” of Paul McCartney, nevertheless it is said that he saw the concept before on the disk of the band Mercbleck in 1964.
John Lennon was the main obstacle faced by graphic artists and McCartney himself.
The selection of the people that appeared would have led to a long and somewhat controversial discussion.
It was like inviting someone to a party or a sect rather than an alleged wake.
Hitler was excluded, but so was Jesus Christ.
Surprisingly Elvis Presley was not taken into account, the Beatles admired him, but it is not known what was the reason for being excluded.
The same Gandhi was given to the blacklist, nevertheless appears on the cover because the conclusion was that if he did not, the album would not be sold in India.
It is not known under what criteria was included Aleister Crowley who was an accomplished practitioner of esotericism and consummate Satanist.
The story tells that “Tin Tan”, a Mexican actor from the time of “Golden Cinema of Mexico”, when he was invited to participate with his photo, he sent a very fine typical handicraft called “Tree of life of Metepec “.
The actor sent it to Ringo Starr. He loved it.
It was photographed and this image is printed on the cover.
It seems that there was a kind of agreement made by the Beatles when taking the picture with the same clothes and 2 of them completely drugged.
This is relevant because there are printed, the symbolism of 2 people flying high and two not.
With this material, the mysticism and magic of the Liverpool quartet was consummated more than ever.
I am not a data machine of knowledge of this nature so I leave a list that is literally found on Wikipedia and which illustrates well who and where each character was located:
Sri Yukteswar Giri (Hindu Guru)
Aleister Crowley (expert in black magic and author of the Satanic Bible)
3- Mae West (actress)
4- Lenny Bruce (comedian)
5- Karlheinz Stockhausen (composer)
6- W. C. Fields (actor and comedian)
7- Carl Gustav Jung (psychologist)
8- Edgar Allan Poe (writer)
9- Fred Astaire (actor and dancer)
10- Richard Merkin (artist)
11- The Girl Vargas (by the artist Alberto Vargas)
12- Huntz Hall (actor)
13- Simon Rodia (designer and builder of Watts Towers)
14- Bob Dylan (singer / songwriter)
15- Aubrey Beardsley (illustrator)
16- Sir Robert Peel (British Prime Minister of the 19th century)
17- Aldous Huxley (writer)
18- Dylan Thomas (poet)
19- Terry Southern (writer)
20- Dion DiMucci (singer)
21- Tony Curtis (actor)
22- Wallace Berman (artist)
23- Tommy Handley (comedian)
24- Marilyn Monroe (actress)
William S. Burroughs (writer)
26- Sri Mahavatara Babaji (Hindu Guru)
27- Stan Laurel (actor and comedian)
28- Richard Lindner (artist)
29- Oliver Hardy (actor and comedian)
30- Karl Marx (political philosopher)
31- H. G. Wells (writer)
32- Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (Hindu Guru)
33- Stuart Sutcliffe (artist / ex Beatle)
S / n- Anonymous (hairdressing wax manikin)
S / n- Anonymous (hairdressing wax manikin )
34- A “Petty Girl” (by artist George Petty)
35- Max Miller (comedian)
36- another “Petty Girl” (by artist George Petty)
37- Marlon Brando (actor)
38- Tom Mix (actor)
39- Oscar Wilde (writer)
40- Tyrone Power (actor)
41- Larry Bell (artist)
42- Dr. David Livingstone (missionary / explorer)
43- Johnny Weissmüller (Olympic swimmer / Tarzan actor)
44- Stephen Crane (writer) – barely visible between the head and raised arm of Issy Bonn.
45- Issy Bonn (comedian)
46- George Bernard Shaw (playwright)
47- H. C. Westermann (sculptor)
48- Albert Stubbins (soccer player)
49. Sri Lahiri Mahasaya (guru)
50-Lewis Carroll (writer)
51- T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) 52- Wax model by Sonny Liston (boxer)
51- A “Petty Girl” (by George Petty)
52- A Legionary of America
53- Wax Model of George Harrison
54- Wax Model of John Lennon
55- Wax Model of Ringo Starr
56- Wax Model of Paul McCartney
57- Albert Einstein (physical) – you only see the hair, it is covered by John Lennon
S / n- John Lennon holding a Wagner tuba
S / n- Ringo Starr holding a trumpet
S / n- Paul McCartney holding an English horn
S / n- George Harrison holding a flute
58- Bobby Breen (singer)
59- Marlene Dietrich (actress / singer)
60- Diana Dors (actress)
61- Shirley Temple (children’s actress)
Other objects inside the cover
Cloth figure of the grandmother, work of Jann Haworth (pop artist and co-author of the album cover with Peter Blake)
Shirley Temple rag doll with a sweater that says “Welcome The Rolling Stones”, another work by Jann Haworth. It was also her idea to add the name of the group written with flowers on the floor.
A Mexican ceramic candlestick known as The Tree of Life of Metepec.
A television set
A stone figure of a girl
Another stone figure
A statue brought from the house of John Lennon
A doll of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi
A leather drum, designed by artist Joe Ephgrave
A hookah (water pipe)
A velvet snake
A Fukusuke, figure of Japanese porcelain
A stone figure of Snow White
A Garden Gnome
People who would originally appear but were eventually excluded
Leo Gorcey – would appear to the left of Huntz Hall, but was later removed when he was asked to pay $ 400 for the use of the actor’s image.
Mahatma Gandhi – would appear to the right of Lewis Carroll, but was later withdrawn. According to Paul McCartney, “Gandhi also had to appear, but EMI boss Sir Joe Lockwood said that in India they would not allow the album to print, and eventually it was removed.”
Jesus Christ – was requested by Lennon, but was removed from the LP a few months after Lennon’s statement about Jesus.
Adolf Hitler – appeared and was visible in the first photographs of the montage, located to the right of Larry Bell, but was finally darkened by Johnny Weissmuller in the final image.
Timothy Carey – film and television actor; Although his figure is among the characters, and can be seen in discarded images, in the final edition is hidden by the head of George Harrison; On the right side of his neck can be seen the shirt of the character