Sgt. Pepper Turns 50 | WGLT

Sgt. Pepper Turns 50

May 24, 2017

Jeff Wilson of North Street Records in uptown Normal playing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on his store's turntable.
Credit Jon Norton / WGLT

North Street Records owner Jeff Wilson paused to contemplate the 50 year anniversary of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

"I can't believe all Beatles records are starting to be 50 years old," said Wilson sitting next to the turntable behind the counter in his store. "I guess it's like the world's classical music, especially Sgt. Pepper because it's so iconic."

On a cloudy morning in uptown Normal, Wilson and GLT's Jon Norton skipped through both sides of an album the changed pop/rock music when released in late May of 1967.

"It was no longer 'you really got me' or 'can't get no satisfaction,'" said Wilson, referencing huge hit songs from The Kinks and Rolling Stones respectively. "You really had to start thinking about music, and music made you think. It started becoming more than a little pop song ... it became more of a culture thing."

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