The iconic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band just turned 50 years old and is easily the best record ever released by the band. Heck, it may be the best record ever made.
Sgt. Pepper was released to grand fanfare in 1967 as the first of its time, largely abandoning the traditional rock and roll format. Great music was showcased thanks to the presence of multiple musical genres including classical, jazz and even sounds from the Far East. It's thus no surprise that the album went on to win a pair of Grammy Awards, including the highly coveted Album of the Year.
50 years later, it's easy to see how this album won that award. From Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds to Lovely Rita, every single track is a great fit. What's more, some of the stories behind the songs are just as entertaining as the record itself.
10 stories in particular stick out so, without further ado, turn on the album and we hope you will enjoy the show!
10. Good Morning, Good Morning Was Inspired By Cereal
John Lennon's upbeat tune Good Morning, Good Morning is one of Sgt. Pepper's latter tracks, even kicking off with a rooster's crow to set the mood. Looking at the lyrics, it's about feeling sluggish but then slowly gaining more energy as the day goes on. Sound familiar?
Well, that's because the track was inspired by none other than a commercial for Kellogg's Corn Flakes. Television was still a fairly young invention in 1967, but the influence it had on culture changed everything. There's no telling what song Lennon would have written had he not seen this particular advertisement. Perhaps One After 909 would have debuted a few years earlier as opposed to on Let It Be?
A little bonus fact about the track as well: Lennon himself hated it!
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