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Timeline of Beatles/Sgt. Pepper History
by Alex Cosper



1966 - Beatles play their final touring concert in San Francisco in August and then focus on recording
1966 - In August, Paul gets the initial idea for Sgt. Pepper
1966 - Recording sessions for the new album begin November 24 as they use the Mellotron the first time
1966 - Early Sgt. Pepper sessions include: "Penny Lane," "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "When I'm Sixty-Four"
1966 - Beatles begin recording "When I'm Sixty-Four" on December 6
1967 - Sessions for "A Day In The Life" begin January 19 through February 23
1967 - "Good Morning, Good Morning" sessions begin February 8
1967 - On February 13, EMI released the double A-side single "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever"
1967 - Although meant for Sgt. Pepper, "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" do not appear on the album
1967 - Band completes sessions for "Fixing a Hole" February 21
1967 - Beatles complete sessions for "A Day In The Life" February 22
1967 - Group records "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" March 1
1967 - Band finishes sessions for "Getting Better" March 9
1967 - "She's Leaving Home" sessions are completed March 17
1967 - Final sessions for "Lovely Rita" March 21
1967 - Beatles begin recording "With a Little Help From My Friends" March 29
1967 - A photo session is held for the cover art March 30
1967 - Group completes sessions for "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite" March 31
1967 - After completing "With a Little Help" 2 days before, Beatles record "Sgt Pepper" song and its reprise April 1
1967 - George Harrison completes sessions for "Within You, Without You" April 3 without other Beatles
1967 - Sessions of "Only a Northern Song" wrap up April 20, but the song ends up on Yellow Submarine LP
1967 - EMI releases Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album May 26 in the UK
1967 - EMI releases Sgt. Pepper album June 2 in the US
1967 - Jimi Hendrix Experience performs "Sgt. Pepper" June 4 in London at Saville Theatre
1967 - The album top's Billboard's LP chart for 15 weeks starting July 1
1967 - By the end of August, the album has sold 2.5 million units
1968 - Album wins four Grammys
1974 - Off-Broadway production begins on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band On The Road
1978 - Film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band opens July 21, starring the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton
1978 - Sgt. Pepper soundtrack with the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton is released July 23
1987 - EMI releases Beatles catalogue on CD, six years after the CD era began
1992 - The Making of Sgt. Pepper documentary film featuring George Martin, Paul, George and Ringo, airs on ITV
1997 - The album has shipped 11 million units in the US to date, according to the RIAA
2010 - As one of the music industry's last holdouts, the Beatles release their catalogue on iTunes
2017 - Total amount of original album units shipped is 15 million in the US and over 32 million worldwide
2017 - Beatles fans celebrate 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper as a remix by Giles Martin is released May 26







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