Trivia Minute June 1, 2015

Episode 93: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

by Marcus Michelson
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album cover. (Photo via thebeatles.com)
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album cover. (Photo via thebeatles.com)

Today is the 48th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Here’s a few things you may not know about the album:

One: It was the first Beatles album released at the same time in the United Kingdom and North America. It was also the first to have the same songs in the same order in both places.

Two: The BBC included the album’s cover in its list of British masterpieces of 20th century art and design.

Three: The album went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart despite having no singles issued. It stayed at No. 1 for 15 weeks, when it was knocked out by “Ode to Billie Joe” by Bobbie Gentry.

Our question: Despite being on top of the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks, “Sgt. Pepper” wasn’t the longest-tenured No. 1 record of 1967. Can you name which album was?

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