Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band  was released fifty-one years ago

June 2, 2018

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 

is The Beatles eighth studio album 

The record was released on May 26th of 1967 in the United Kingdom

and June 2nd of 1967 in the United States

Personnel

The Beatles

 

John Lennon

lead, harmony and background vocals; rhythm, acoustic and lead guitars; Hammond organ and final piano E chord; harmonica, tape loops, sound effects, and comb and tissue paper; handclaps, tambourine and maracas

 

Paul McCartney

lead, harmony and background vocals

bass and lead guitars; electric and acoustic pianos

Lowrey and Hammond organs

handclaps; vocalisations, tape loops, sound effects,

and comb and tissue paper

 

George Harrison

harmony and background vocals;

lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars

sitar; tamboura; harmonica and comb and tissue paper

handclaps and maracas; lead vocals on "Within You Without You"

 

Ringo Starr

drums, congas, tambourine, maracas,

handclaps and tubular bells

lead vocals on "With a Little Help from My Friends"

harmonica; final piano E chord
 

Additional Musicians and Production

~ Sounds Incorporated

the saxophone sextet on Good Morning, Good Morning

~ Neil Aspinall

tamboura and harmonica

~ Geoff Emerick

audio engineering; tape loops and sound effects

~ Mal Evans

counting, harmonica, alarm clock and final piano E chord

~ George Martin

producer and mixer; tape loops and sound effects 

Harpsichord on Fixing a Hole

Harmonium, Lowrey organ and Glockenspiel

on Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

Hammond organ on With a Little Help from My Friends

Piano on Getting Better 

Piano solo in Lovely Rita final harmonium chord

 

Session Musicians

~ Four French Horns on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Neill Sanders, James W. Buck, John Burden, Tony Randall 

Arranged and Conducted by Martin and McCartney

 

~ String Section and Harp on She's Leaving Home

Arranged by Mike Leander and conducted by Martin

~ Tabla, Dilrubas, Tamboura and Swarmandal on Within You Without You

Played by members of the Asian Music Circle, with eight violins and four cellos arranged and conducted by Harrison and Martin

~ Clarinet trio on When I'm Sixty-Four

Robert Burns, Henry MacKenzie, Frank Reidy

Arranged and conducted by Martin and McCartney

~ Saxophones on Good Morning, Good Morning

Arranged and Conducted by Martin and Lennon

~ Forty-Piece Orchestra

including strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion on A Day in the Life

Arranged by Martin, Lennon and McCartney

Conducted by Martin and McCartney

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