Paul McCartney reveals hilarious origins of The Beatles' album 'Sgt. Pepper'

Sunday, March 31, 2024

The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band drew its name from a hilarious misunderstanding.

Paul McCartney revealed the true origins of the title on a March 13 episode of his podcast, Paul McCartney: A Life in Lyrics. He admitted that Sgt. Pepper – one of The Beatles’ most prolific albums, complete with Grammy-winning songs and culturally-shifting concepts – derived its iconic name from something he once misheard.

“I was with our roadie Mal [Evans], a big bear of a man,” he told his guest, author and poet Paul Muldoon

“I was coming back on the plane, and he said, ‘Will you pass the salt and pepper?’ And I misheard him. I said, ‘What? Sgt. Pepper?’ He said, ‘No, salt and pepper,’” he recalled.

“And I always returned to one of the things about the Beatles, and me and John [Lennon], was that we noticed accidents,” he mused.

Hence, the name “Sgt. Pepper” stuck.



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