A Who’s Who of the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Cover Art
When the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band arrived in the summer of 1967, it was hailed as both a commercial and critical success. The album shot to the top of both the U.K. and U.S. charts and became one of the best-selling records ever. It was also heralded for its innovation in form and likewise cited as one of the best albums of all time.
As a result, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band took home four Grammys at the 1968 awards -- including one for Best Album Cover, as the artwork had become just as recognizable and memorable as the music within.
Designed by artists and husband and wife Peter Blake and Jann Haworth, the cover features the Beatles in two forms: at the center in their brightly colored military-style Sgt. Pepper’s suits and then again just to the left, rendered as wax figurines in their trademark Beatlemania-era mop tops.
On the cover, the Fab Four are accompanied by a collage of more than 50 historical figures -- actors and actresses, writers, philosophers, athletes and more -- either taking the form of photos or wax figurines.