The Beatles quickly transformed from exciting pop band to psychedelic rock band throughout the course of the 1960s. The band’s eighth album, Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band was an incredible example of this. The concept album was released in 1967 and was a huge success. In 2011 it was announced the album had sold over 32 million copies worldwide.
Just a year after its release, Sgt. Pepper’s won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.
The inclusion into the band’s repertoire would not have been complete without the band’s moustaches, however.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison had mostly sported the clean-shaven look throughout the band’s career.
So then, when the moustaches arrived on all of the Fab Four simultaneously, fans loved it.
The change supposedly came from McCartney, who said in 1990: “If records had a director within a band, I sort of directed Pepper.”
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A year later, he went back on himself a little, but also explained where the moustaches came from.
He said: “It wasn’t entirely my idea. But to get us away from being ‘The Beatles’ I had this idea that we should pretend we’re this other group.”
Because of this, every single detail was considered – from the band’s moustaches to their new bright outfits.
The concept worked, as it became one of their standout looks from over the years.
Cheat Sheet later suggested McCartney was embarrassed about the scar, and therefore grew the moustache to cover it up.
But the face fuzz was such a hit with his fellow Fab Four members that they all joined in on the fad.
Either way, the moustaches did become an iconic look for the band as they entered what would be their final few albums of being together as a band.
Almost two decades later John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman.
This weekend would have been his 80th birthday, and to commemorate it, John’s son Sean Ono Lennon spoke about his father and his music.
Touching upon a new collection of his father’s work he was working on, Sean explained he was listening through all of John’s music.
He then said: “When we got to [John’s final album] ‘Double Fantasy’, it was difficult for me personally because I remember [John and Yoko] making that record, and that was the record he was making when he died.
“So, I have a lot of trauma associated with that period, but a lot of nice memories too, obviously. And I wasn’t worried about that going in because I wasn’t thinking about that.”