Having given up touring after Candlestick Park, we (The Beatles) decided
we would try to make our next record something special.
As I was flying back from a visit to America, Mal Evans, our big friendly
bear of a roadie and I were having an "In Flight" meal.
He asked me to pass the salt & pepper, and I mis-heard it as "Sergeant Pepper".
He kept asking for the salt & pepper, and I kept saying "That's it! It's
what I've been looking for. Yah!" (only 1 yah not 3)
He then screamed at me:
"PAUL, WOULD YOU PLEASE PASS ME THE BLEADY SALT AND PEPPER SO I COULD EAT?"
I sheepishly smiled as I passed my dear friend the salt & pepper. But all
this set off a train of thought that ended up in me writing a song for a
fictitious band who would be called: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Of course, this band would be the alter-egos of The Beatles.
When I got back, I suggested this idea to the other guys. This would free
us from our normal "Beatles" thinking and allow us to be more adventurous
in our approach to our next recording.
John Lennon + George Harrison + Ringo Starr = all agreed.
I did a couple of sketches of how the band might look, and as we made
the album, we experienced a sense of freedom that was quite liberating.
It's crazy to think that 50 years later, we are looking back on this
"Sgt Pepper's" project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement
at how four guys, a great producer (George Martin), and his engineers,
could make what turned out to be such a lasting piece of art.
- Paul McCartney, 2017
<> SHE'S LEAVING HOME
In a fit of what seemed to be adolescent pique, a girl by the name of
Melanie Coe, aged 17, ran away from home in 1967.
It was her story of sneaking out of her parents' comfortable North
London home, that inspired Paul McCartney (mostly) + John Lennon to
write one of their most beautiful ballads of all time:
(we gave her most of our lives)
(sacrificed most of our lives)
(we gave her everything money could buy)
>>> (note: Melanie Cole ran off to meet some guy who sold used cars)
"Friday morning at nine o'clock, she is far away,
Waiting to keep the appointment she made,
Meeting a man from the motor trade."
(what did we do that was wrong?)
(we didn't know it was wrong)
(fun is the one thing that money can't buy)
=> SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND <=
Originally released in June, 1967
Now 50 years later...2017....a Remastered + Remixed
ANNIVERSARY EDITION: Produced by Giles Martin
Available: 2 LP 180gram vinyl + 2 CD + DELUXE BOX SET (with big book)
Original album remastered + Out-takes + Alternate versions +
Bonus songs: "Penny Lane" + "Strawberry Fields Forever"
HAPPY FATHERS DAY (Sunday, June 18th) !!!!
BE HEALTHY + BE HAPPY + BE SAFE
ps: A lot of KINGSTON TRIO fans are also fans of THE BEATLES,
including Ken Laing + Bob Shane, so I thought it OK to post this.
Yah! Yah! Yah!