Cover shoot for Sgt Pepper

Cover shoot for Sgt Pepper

Cover shoot for Sgt Pepper

Prior to a late night recording session at Abbey Road, The Beatles visited Michael Cooper's London photographic studio where the cover photographs for Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band were taken.

The shoot took place at 4 Chelsea Manor Studios, 1-11 Flood Street, just off King's Road in Chelsea. The studios opened in 1902, and Cooper established his studio from 22 July 1966.

The Beatles arrived in the late afternoon. The soon-to-be-famous collage, designed by Peter Blake and his wife Jann Haworth, had been assembled in the studio during the preceding eight days.

51st anniversary of The Beatles' classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

It was 51 years ago today that The Beatles officially released their landmark LP Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in the U.K., though their label rushed copies into some stores six days early on May 26. (It went on sale in the U.S. on schedule on June 2.) Whenever you want to mark that anniversary, the record has been a point of reference for popular music ever since.

 

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