1978 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton, George Burns, and the Bee Gees, opens in New York.
As I recall, the general consensus of the times… everyone thought it was the end of Peter’s career as it had been… doing a commercial sellout like this. Maybe he thought it would be another Tommy. Now when I watch this stomach turner… we were right!
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is an American musical film released in 1978. Its soundtrack, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, features new versions of songs originally written and performed by The Beatles. The film draws primarily from two of their albums, the 1967 album of the same name and 1969’s Abbey Road.
The production is somewhat adapted from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road, a 1974 off-Broadway production directed by Tom O’Horgan. It tells the loosely-constructed story of a band as they wrangle with the music industry and battle evil forces bent on stealing their instruments and corrupting their home town of Heartland. The film is presented in a form similar to that of a rock opera with the Beatles’ songs providing “dialogue” to carry the story, with only George Burns having spoken lines that act to clarify the plot and provide further narration.