Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (often shortened as Sgt.
Pepper) is the eighth studio album by the English rock band The
Beatles, released on 1 June 1967 on the Parlophone label and
produced by George Martin. The album is widely regarded as one
of the greatest of all time, and has since been recognised as
one of the most important albums in the history of popular
music, including songs such as "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
and "A Day in the Life".
over a 129-day period beginning in December 1966, Sgt. Pepper
saw the band developing the production techniques of their
previous album, Revolver. Martin's innovative and lavish
production included the orchestra usage and hired musicians
ordered by the band. Genres such as music hall, jazz, rock and
roll, western classical, and traditional Indian music are
covered. The album cover art, by English pop artist Peter Blake,
depicts the band posing in front of a collage of their favourite
celebrities, and has been widely acclaimed and imitated.
Sgt. Pepper was a worldwide critical and commercial success,
spending a total of 27 weeks at the top of the UK Album Chart
and 15 weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200. A defining
album in the emerging psychedelic rock style, the album was
critically acclaimed upon release and won four Grammy awards in
1968. It frequently ranks at or near the top of published lists
of the greatest albums of all time. In 1994 it was ranked number
one in the book All Time Top 1000 Albums. In 2003, the album was
placed at number one on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the
"500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Sgt. Pepper is one of the
world's best selling albums, having shipped 32 million copies.