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22nd May 1967: The Beatles (clockwise from top left: Ringo Starr, George Harrison (1943 - 2001), John Lennon (1940 - 1980) and Paul McCartney) pose for a photocall to promote their new album 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'.

It was 50 years ago today…

Few albums are true “game changers,” but The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band lives up to while simultaneously surpassing and defining the term. Its influence is simply staggering. It was more than just a turning point for the band; it was a turning point for music, period.

Measuring the importance of Sgt. Pepper’s is as daunting as the album is innovative, but here’s a brief breakdown of its most important statistics.

  • Copies Sold in the U.S.: 11+ million
  • Copies Sold Worldwide: 32+ million
  • Number of Tracks: 13
    • “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
    • “With A Little Help From My Friends”
    • “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”
    • “Getting Better”
    • “Fixing A Hole”
    • “She’s Leaving”
    • “Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite”
    • “Within You Without You”
    • “When I’m Sixty-Four”
    • “Lovely Rita”
    • “Good Morning, Good Morning”
    • “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”
    • “A Day In The Life”
  • Highest position on Billboard 200: 1
  • Weeks on the Billboard 200: 194
  • Grammys Won: 4
    • Album of the Year
    • Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts
    • Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
    • Best Contemporary Album
  • Ranking on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 1
  • Bands/Artists that have been influenced directly or indirectly by Pepper’s: Countless


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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