June 2, 1967. That’s when an amazing album was released in the USA:
50 years ago today. 70 years since Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.
Just a side note to you purists: the first song in the album says “It was 20 years ago today,” so why am I saying 70? Simple: 50 years ago they said 20 years ago. It’s simple math: 20 plus 50 equals 70.
I was 17, less than a week from my 18th birthday. So it was my birthday present to myself—along with a copy of the debut album of a new group out of San Francisco:
Sometimes I wonder what these albums—neither of which I own anymore—might be worth today?
Many fans if the Fab Four as they were sometimes called credit the Beatles with producing the first-ever concept album. Nothing could be further from the truth. This was the first concept album in the rock ‘n roll world:
The Beatles themselves credited “Pet Sounds” with being the inspiration for “Sgt. Pepper.” But if you want to know who had the very first concept album ever, you’ve got to go back several decades to a young Italian-American singer named Francis Albert Sinatra:
Starting in the 50’s, Frank Sinatra embraced the notion of putting out albums that had a unifying theme. And he continued the idea over the years with many great collections based on a single concept. As a result, he may be more associated with the concept album than any other recording artist. (https://franksinatratribute.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/frank-sinatra-and-the-concept-album/)
And Beatlemania? Yep, Ol’ Blue Eyes was there first, too. Female fans had to be carried out of his concerts because they had fainted. Ushers from his venues said they hated his concerts because of the messes they had to clean up afterwards from the girls who had wet themselves (and the theater seats).
So, Yeah Yeah Yeah
Don’t misunderstand me: to this day, Paul, Ringo, and the late John and George remain my all-time favorite band and Sgt. Pepper still makes me smile every time I play the CD.
And the four lads from Liverpool are still influencing music to this day.