On this date June 3rd, 1967 -50 years ago today The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” hit #1 on the album charts in the United Kingdom. 50 years later on June 3, 2017 the number one album in the United Kingdom is– you guessed it- the newly released remastering of The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The new Billboard Top 200 Album Chart in the United States has not been released yet but the talk is it is going to happen here in the US also. I write a lot about The Beatles- in my mind no one can match them or is even close- I am trying to put that obvious obsession aside when I say this- but the only musical act that could do something like this is The Beatles. The Beatles officially quit as a group over forty-seven years ago but they are probably bigger today [meaning in the present time not necessarily today today } than they ever were. I was six years old when “Sgt. Pepper” was officially released, it is not a memory for me. You’d have to be sixty and above for the original release in 1967 to matter. The people making Sgt. Pepper #1 in 2017 are not the sixty and older crowd running out and buying this album or downloading it on ITunes- it is a group of people like me who have no memory of the original release.
If The Beatles hit #1 with “Sgt. Pepper” in the US- it will make it 5 decades out of 6 decades that The Beatles have had an album at #1 on the charts. The 1960’s of course they ruled, in the 1970’s their final release “Let It Be”, in the 1980’s no #1’s, the 1990’s the three Anthology’s made #1, in 2000 the greatest hits 1’s- hit #1, and now the remastered Sgt. Pepper.