June 1st, 2007
Episode 90 of 715 episodes
'Sgt. Pepper's' at 40. Host Bob Boilen has a remembrance. For many fans, hearing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band for the first time was a life-changing experience. Prior to its release in June of 1967, most of music being produced was for Top 40, AM radio play and for dance parties. Kids bought 45s and never thought of a collection of songs as a "concept album" or work of art. Sgt. Pepper's was unlike anything anyone had heard before, and the day fans first dropped the needle on their copy of the album stuck in their minds.