Paul McCartney had the idea for Sgt Pepper during a flight from Kenya to England in November 1966.
It was originally released in the UK on 26 May 1967, and in the US on 2 June 1967.
Recording continued on the new album in January, with the first of many sessions for ‘A Day In The Life’, and then on 1 February they began work on one of Paul’s songs, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. The new LP had a name and a loose concept, in so far as the band pretended they were giving a show as this fictitious band.
How Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Changed The Face Of Music.
And yet it could all have been so very different. In the early Spring of 1967, the UK press was full of reports with headlines such as “Has the Bubble Burst?”
“Beatles Fail To Reach The Top”, all because ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ had stalled at No.2 in the UK singles chart.
At manager Brian Epstein’s insistence neither track was included on the LP, and later became a decision that George Martin later described as “the biggest mistake of my professional life”