It was 40 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper told the band to play....
The movie adaptation of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band opened in theaters on July 24th, 1978.
- There were 29 songs in the score, primarily from the Segeant Pepper's and Abbey Road albums.
- It starred The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton as a sort of a "Film Four."
- Billy Preston played Sergeant Pepper with George Burns as Mister Kite.
- Steve Martin was Dr. Maxwell Edison, singing "Maxwell's Silver Hammer."
- Producer Robert Stigwood was a onetime assistant to Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
- It was styled like opera, with almost no dialogue -- most of which was spoken by Burns.
- Based on The Beatles' landmark album, it proved to be critical and commercial failure.
- The closest thing to a success was Aerosmith's soundtrack cover of "Come Together," which reached the Top 40.
- Aerosmith were billed in the film as the Future Villain Band.
- None of The Beatles appeared in the production.