At Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles began recording the title song for their album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on February 1, 1967.
After three more sessions, the track was completed on March 6.
11 years later in September 1978, the single was finally released in the USA — a full 8 years after the Beatles had broken up! Of course, the Beatles had nothing to do with the release. EMI, which they had left two year earlier, still had the rights to re-release Beatles music. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “With a Little Help from My Friends” were the A-side and “A Day in the Life” was the B-side.
Unsurprisingly, the single release wasn’t the biggest hit in the world… The song only managed to reach #71 on the charts.
No worries! The Beatles had charted twenty #1 hits and were still the biggest rock group in the world.
Check out this video for more on the making of the Sgt. Pepper’s album: