List of images on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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The Beatles in the flesh and most of the wax statues, have been removed to uncover some hidden figures

The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has a widely recognized album cover that depicts several dozen celebrities and other images.

It was created by Jann Haworth and Peter Blake, who in 1967 won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts for their work on it. Many people have speculated about the cover's intended meaning.[1][not in citation given]

People on the cover[edit]

Top row[edit]

Second row[edit]

Third row[edit]

Front row[edit]

Props on the cover[edit]

People excluded from the cover[edit]

  • (12) Leo Gorcey – was modelled and originally included to the left of Huntz Hall, but was subsequently removed when a fee of $400 was requested for the use of the actor's likeness.[6][7]
  • (68) Mohandas Gandhi – was modelled and originally included to the right of Lewis Carroll, but was subsequently removed.[6][7] According to McCartney, "Gandhi also had to go because the head of EMI, Sir Joe Lockwood, said that in India they wouldn't allow the record to be printed".[3]
  • Jesus Christ – was requested by Lennon,[3] but not modelled because the LP would be released just over a year after Lennon's Jesus statement.[8]
  • (C) Adolf Hitler – was modelled and was visible in early photographs of the montage, positioned to the right of Larry Bell, but was eventually removed when his inclusion was considered offensive.[9][10]
  • (65B) Timothy Carey – was modelled and originally included, but was completely obscured by George Harrison on the final version of the cover.[11]


  1. ^ Rosen, Jody (8 June 2007). "Everything You Know About Sgt. Pepper's Is Wrong". Slate. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Character D
  3. ^ a b c Miles, Barry (1998). The Beatles: A Diary. Omnibus Press, London. p. 236. ISBN 978-0-7119-6315-3. 
  4. ^ Chunichi Shimbun. "Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' album cover mystery a piece of Japanese history". Japan Times. Archived from the original on 12 July 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "The man who created the world’s most famous drum-skin". Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  6. ^ a b James Sullivan (24 March 2007). "Where's Brando?". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Greg Bennett (2007). "Shooting Sgt. Pepper". Daily Mirror. UK. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ Anthony Barnes (4 February 2007). "Where's Adolf? The mystery of Sgt Pepper is solved". The Independent. London. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ raul (24 January 2010). "Hitler Did Not Make The Final Cut On The Beatles “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” Album Cover". Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  11. ^ raul (17 May 2012). "The 5 Removed & Obscured Famous People On The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” Album Cover". Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  12. ^ a b Michael Mason (2009). "The Sgt Pepper Album Cover Shoot Dissected". Retrieved March 14, 2017. 

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