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Sgt Pepper's Drum Sells For Over 500,000

14 Jul 2008

Sgt Pepper's Drum Sells For Over 500,000
The drum that takes centre stage on the cover of The Beatle's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, has been sold at auction for over £500,000. On a commission from the album sleeve's designer Sir Peter Blake, Joe Ephgrave, a fairground artist, painted the drum's skin in an imaginative circus style with such brilliance that it inspired a wealth of imitations.

Sir George Martin remembers the process involved in the making of this sleeve in his signed limited edition, 'Summer of Love - The Making of Sgt. Pepper', available now from Genesis.

Sir George Martin ('Summer of Love'): 'Paul's original thought was to have The Beatles in a park being given a formal presentation by the Lord Mayor or some such character. They were to be situated behind a huge floral clock. There could be a wonderful magic crowd in this imaginary park - an imaginary audience watching and listening.'

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Summer of Love The Making of Sgt Pepper by George Martin

Summer of Love

George Martin

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