The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was perhaps one of the group's most talked about recordings. Released in 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was The Beatles’ eighth album of the twenty-four that are still available on vinyl and digital formats. Many will remember this album for being at the centre of controversy because of some of the lyrics in the songs. What may not be known, however, is that several songs on the album were inspired by real people. Here are eight people who influenced The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
A Day In The Life
In this song, John Lennon immortalizes the life and death of a wealthy young friend of Paul McCartney and an acquaintance of The Beatles, Tara Browne. Browne was heir to the Guinness brewing company. He was killed in a 1966 car accident when he apparently lost control of his vehicle, a Lotus Elan, and crashed into a black van. A month after Browne’s death, Lennon read an article about how Browne’s mother had obtained custody of Browne’s two children. Realizing that he had known Browne, Lennon wrote A Day in the Life, referring to Browne in these lyrics: “A crowd of people stood and stared, They’d seen his face before, Nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords.”
She’s Leaving Home
A teenage girl who ran away from home inspired Paul McCartney and John Lennon to write She’s Leaving Home. The song was based on the story of seventeen-year-old Melanie Coe, who ran away from home in 1967. Coe disappeared suddenly, leaving her new car unlocked on her driveway with the keys in it. McCartney and Lennon included details of Coe's case in the song, including references to the note she left her parents and the pain her parents felt when they discovered she had disappeared. They also included a reference to the “appointment she made” to have an abortion, which had just recently been legalized in Britain.