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Celebrating 50 years of Sgt. Pepper

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Peter Blake’s much-imitated cover art for Sgt. Pepper
Peter Blake’s much-imitated cover art for Sgt. Pepper
George, Ringo, Paul and John celebrate the album’s completion.
ALAMY; SHUTTERSTOCK

The summer of love began on Thursday, June 1, 1967, a day that now lies closer to World War I than to our time. As London sweltered and swung, two LPs landed in the record stores—one each from the two acts now rated the greatest in the history of British pop music.

The first was the debut album by David Bowie, which was a resounding l op: “I didn’t know,” Bowie said later, “whether to be Max Miller or Elvis Presley.” (Miller was a British music hall comedian of the 1930s, known as the Cheeky Chappie.) If you’d asked for Bowie’s record that day in 1967, the shop assistant might have scratched her head. And you would have had to fight your way through the throng trying to buy the other new release. Bowie, later celebrated for his sense of theater, had chosen a terrible moment to make an entrance.

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