HeadLine: Where is the band today? IT WAS 33 YEARS AGO TODAY, SGT
PEPPER TAUGHT THE BAND TO PLAY..
The Mirror, 27/11/2000, p8&9
by LORRAINE FISHER & SHAUN MILNE
IT’S a timeless classic that regularly tops the list of all-time best
Released in 1967, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is generally
regarded as the best album The Beatles ever made.
Today a compilation album of the Fab Four’s greatest hits is at No 1 –
just as Sgt Pepper was 33 years ago.
The cover, by artist Peter Blake, is as famous and talked about as most
of the tracks inside. A wild array of the people who influenced The
Beatles in the Sixties, it reflects the unconventional, avant-garde
sub-culture John, Paul, George and Ringo were into at the time.
But just who ARE all the faces in Blake’s inspired work of art?
Here The Mirror gives a complete guide to the most famous record cover
1 SRI YUKTESWAR GIRI
A disciple of Lahiri (No 49), who died in 1936. Son of a wealthy
businessman, he wrote The Holy Science which underlines the unity
between Christian and Hindu scriptures.
2 ALEISTER CROWLEY
Debauched drug-taking occultist. Vilified for his hedonistic
lifestyle, before dying in 1947.
3 MAE WEST
Voluptuous movie sex bomb more famous for her ripe one-liners such as
‘Come up and see me some time’ than for her films which included I’m No
Angel and Klondike Annie. Died 1980.
4 LENNY BRUCE
Satirical comedian whose over-stepping of boundaries resulted in his
imprisonment for obscenity in 1961. Drugs led to his death five years
5 KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN
Avant-garde composer. Plans for a concert with the Beatles never came
to fruition. Still alive.
6 W C FIELDS
Actor deemed one of America’s greatest comedians, particularly noted
for his performance of Mr Micawber in David Copperfield. Died 1946.
7 CARL JUNG
Swedish psychiatrist who coined the term ‘complex’ to define how
memories or emotions can lead to neurosis. Died in 1961.
8 EDGAR ALLEN POE
American poet and short story writer famed for his horror works which
included Murders In The Rue Morgue. Rumoured to be a drug addict and
alcoholic. Died in 1849.
9 FRED ASTAIRE
US dancer and star of countless musicals such as Top Hat and Swing
Time with Ginger Rogers. Died 1987.
10 RICHARD M MERKIN
US artist whose loud and bold paintings first came to the fore in the
Sixties. Now dead.
Glamorous British actress who played wise cracking sidekicks in films
like The Private Life Of Don Juan. Died 1998.
12 HUNTZ HALL
Actor in the films Dead End Kids and Bowery Boys in the Thirties and
Forties. Died in 1999.
13 SIMON RODIA
Italian anarchist and artist who took 30 years to build the
100ft-high Watts Tower in LA out of bits of wire and glass. Died in
14 BOB DYLAN
Now 59, the reclusive but legendary singer of Like A Rolling Stone
and Blowin’ In The Wind toured Britain last month.
15 AUBREY BEARDSLEY
An artist in black and white, he produced set designs for Oscar
Wilde’s Salome and The Rape Of The Lock. Died in 1898.
16 SIR ROBERT PEEL
Former Prime Minister and Home Secretary who established the
Conservative Party and the first British police force. Died in 1850.
17 ALDOUS HUXLEY
Author of Brave New World. Interested in hypnosis and psychedelic
drugs. Died 1963.
18 DYLAN THOMAS
Welsh poet who wrote Under Milk Wood, a “play for voices”. Died in
1953 of alcohol poisoning.
19 TERRY SOUTHERN
Hip writer who produced the screenplay for the Easy Rider, Barbarella
and Dr Strangelove. Died 1995.
Sixties pop star and headliner of Dion and the Belmonts whose hits
included Runaround Sue. Still alive.
21 TONY CURTIS
Actor as well known for his much younger wife and plastic surgery
than his role in Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot. Still alive.
22 WALLACE BERMAN
Beat artist and motorbike fan based in Los Angeles. Set up trendy
magazine Semina. Died 1976.
23 TOMMY HANDLEY
RADIO comedian who broadcast a weekly dose of the absurdities of
daily life in ITMA (It’s That Man Again). Died 1949.
24 MARILYN MONROE
The 20th Century’s greatest sex icon and star of a string of hit
films including The Seven Year Itch. Committed suicide in 1962.
25 WILLIAM BURROUGHS
Unconventional author whose novels include Naked Lunch. His own
heroin addiction inspired his 1953 book, Junkie. Died 1997
26 SRI MAHAVATARA BABAJI
Late Indian guru who claimed to be a saint sent down to serve
mankind. Had three basic principles: Truth, Simplicity and Love.
27 STAN LAUREL
The thin half of the “best double act of its time”. The Lancashire
born comedian hit the big time after pairing up with Oliver Hardy. Died
28 RICHARD LINDNER
German born artist who fled the Nazis in 1933. Specialised in pop art
and abstract expressionism. Died in 1978.
29 OLIVER HARDY
The fat half of the pair. Born in America, he led a troupe of
minstrels before meeting Laurel. Died 1957.
30 KARL MARX
German political philosopher and father of Communism. Penned the
phrase “Workers of the World Unite”. Died in 1883.
31 H G WELLS
Author who pioneered science fiction.Works included The Time Machine
and War Of The Worlds. Died in 1946.
32 SRI PARAMHANSA YOGANDANDA
Disciple of Mahavata Babaji who went to US to teach his religion in
the Twenties. Autobiography Of A Yogi, published in 1946, was in best
seller lists as recently as 1997.
33 STUART SUTCLIFFE
An original Beatle who was dropped from the band before they hit the
big time. Died tragically young of a brain haemorrhage in 1962.
34 JULIE ADAMS
Heroine of the 1954 cult classic 3D flick The Creature From The Blue
Lagoon. Still alive.
35 MAX MILLER
British comedian and music hall star who topped the bill at the
London Palladium – famed for his risque jokes. Died in 1963.
36 Drawing of a girl.
37 MARLON BRANDO
One of America’s greatest actors starring in films such as On The
Waterfront, and Last Tango In Paris. Still alive.
38 TOM MIX
First and greatest silent Hollywood cowboy star. Died in a car
accident in 1940.
39 OSCAR WILDE
One of Ireland’s most famous authors and wits. Best known for his
play The Importance Of Being Ernest. Jailed in 1895 when he failed to
disprove claims of his homosexuality. Died in 1890.
40 TYRONE POWER
Swashbuckling Hollywood heartthrob who starred in films such as the
Mark Of Zorro, Rawhide and Witness For The Prosecution. Died in 1958.
41 LARRY BELL
Born in Chicago, Bell became a full-time artist in 1965 after working
as a trucker and picture framer. Used minimalist and technical
techniques which were variations on a single idea. Now dead.
42 DR DAVID LIVINGSTONE
Scots-born explorer discovered much of Africa including the Victoria
Falls. Thought lost on one trip until found by Stanley who greeted him
by saying: “Dr Livingstone, I presume”. Died 1873.
43 JOHNNY WEISSMULLER
First man to swim 100 metres in under a minute and won five swimming
gold medals. Went on to play Tarzan on screen. He died of drink
problems in 1984, aged 79.
44 STEPHEN CRANE
Writer who died in 1900 aged 29. Left no diaries and memoirs, and no
letters. His most famous work was The Red Badge Of Courage about the
American Civil War.
45 ISSY BONN
The late 17-stone British comedian and radio performer. Radio
announcer during the Second World War.
46 GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Playwright, music critic and political activist, Shaw was awarded the
Nobel prize for over 50 plays including , the basis of the musical My
Fair Lady. Died in 1950.
47 H C WESTERMANN
Quirky sculptor from Chicago who died in 1981. A former travelling
acrobat he used mirrors, doors and drawers in his unusual work.
48 ALBERT STUBBINS
The late Newcastle striker who was the war-time top scorer.
A hero on Tyneside and Merseyside when his pounds 13,000 transfer to
Liverpool set a British record.
49 SRI LAHIRI MAHASAYA
Indian guru who died in 1895. His teachings included the saying:
“Always remember that you belong to no one and no one belongs to you”.
50 LEWIS CARROLL
Became a favourite author to generations of children with his Alice’s
Adventures in Wonderland published in 1865 and Through The Looking
Glass in 1871. Lived until he was 66.
51 SONNY LISTON
Feared American world heavyweight champion. Former strikebreaker and
convict, he lost his title to the then unfancied Cassius Clay –
Muhammad Ali in February 1964. Died in 1970.
52 GEORGE HARRISON
The man who bought Indian mysticism to the Beatles, Harrison was in
the news just a week ago, telling how a crazed fan stabbed him in his
own home. Played guitar with the Fab Four until they split in 1970, but
enjoyed limited solo success with the single, My Sweet Lord.
53 JOHN LENNON
Regarded as the main driving force behind the Beatles he was awarded
the MBE in 1965 with the others. Married artist Yoko Ono in 1969 and
celebrated his biggest solo success a year later with the song Imagine.
Shot and killed by a crazed fan outside his New York home in 1980.
54 RINGO STARR
Described as the luckiest drummer in the world, he was asked to join
the Beatles as a replacement for Pete Best just as they found fame. Now
aged 60, he has provided the voice for Thomas The Tank Engine series.
55 PAUL McCARTNEY
Now Sir Paul, he was joint singer/ songwriter with John Lennon for
the Beatles before they split. Enjoyed further success with his band
Wings and as a solo artist. Now a high profile campaigner on green
issues following the death of his wife Linda.
56 ALBERT EINSTEIN
Born in Ulm, Germany, in 1879, the physicist, whose General and
Special Theories of Relativity described gravity as the warping of
space and time, changed physics. His work also led to the development
of the atom bomb. He died in 1955.
57 MARLENE DIETRICH
The famous German was 90 when she died in Berlin in 1992. The
outrageous actress – said to be bisexual – made a number of classic
films including Blue Angel and Destry Rides Again. Her striking looks
made her a pin up of generations.
58 DIANA DORS
The British Marilyn Monroe, the Swindon born actress found fame in
films such as Yield To The Night she married three times, sold her
story to a newspaper and was declared bankrupt. Died in 1984.
59 SHIRLEY TEMPLE
Starred in over 40 films, most made in the Thirties before she was
12. She left Hollywood at 21 and never made another movie. Her hits
included Bright Eyes and Poor Little Rich Girl. Still alive.
60 BOBBY BREEN
Child actor who starred in the film Rainbow On The River written in
1936 and had a minor hit record with a single of the same name as the
movie. Born in 1927, he still owns and operates Bobby Breen Enterprises
– a talent agency in Florida.
61 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
T E Lawrence won literary acclaim for his book The Seven Pillars of
Wisdom, which tells the story of his life in Arabia where he served in
the First World War against Germany’s Turkish allies. Suffered a
motorcycle accident in May 1935. Died six days later.
62 A Legionnaire.
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