List of people on the cover of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles

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

This album cover was created by Jann Haworth and Peter Blake. They won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts in 1968 for their work on this cover.

The celebrities and items featured on the front cover are (by row, left to right):  

Top row:

  • Sri Yukteswar Giri (guru)
  • Aleister Crowley (occultist)
  • Mae West (actress)
  • Lenny Bruce (comedian)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen (composer)
  • W. C. Fields (comedian/actor)
  • Carl Gustav Jung (psychologist)
  • Edgar Allan Poe (writer)
  • Fred Astaire (actor/dancer)
  • Richard Merkin (artist)
  • The Vargas Girl (by artist Alberto Vargas)
  • Leo Gorcey (actor) (removed)
  • Huntz Hall (actor)
  • Simon Rodia (designer and builder of the Watts Towers)
  • Bob Dylan (singer/songwriter)

Second row:

  • Aubrey Beardsley (illustrator)
  • Sir Robert Peel (19th century British Prime Minister)
  • Aldous Huxley (writer)
  • Dylan Thomas (poet)
  • Terry Southern (writer)
  • Dion (singer)
  • Tony Curtis (actor)
  • Wallace Berman (artist)
  • Tommy Handley (comic)
  • Marilyn Monroe (actress/singer)
  • William S. Burroughs (writer)
  • Sri Mahavatar Babaji (guru)
  • Stan Laurel (comedian/actor)
  • Richard Lindner (artist)
  • Oliver Hardy (comedian/actor)
  • Karl Marx (political philosopher)
  • H.G. Wells (writer)
  • Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (guru)
  • Sigmund Freud (psychiatrist) - barely visible below Bob Dylan
  • Anonymous (wax hairdresser's dummy)

Third row:

  • Stuart Sutcliffe (artist/former Beatle)
  • Anonymous (wax hairdresser's dummy)
  • Max Miller (comedian)
  • The Petty Girl (by Artist George Petty)
  • Marlon Brando (actor)
  • Tom Mix (actor)
  • Oscar Wilde (writer)
  • Tyrone Power (actor)
  • Larry Bell (artist)
  • Dr. David Livingstone (missionary/explorer)
  • Johnny Weissmuller (swimmer/actor)
  • Stephen Crane (writer) - barely visible between the hand above Paul McCartney's head, and the next head to the right
  • James Dean (actor) - right above the wax McCartney's head
  • Issy Bonn (comedian) - his hand is above McCartney's head
  • George Bernard Shaw (playwright)
  • H.C. Westermann (sculptor)
  • Albert Stubbins (soccer Player)
  • Sri Lahiri Mahasaya (guru)
  • Lewis Carroll (writer)
  • T.E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia")

Front row:

  • Wax model - Sonny Liston (boxer)
  • The Petty Girl (by George Petty)
  • Wax model - George Harrison
  • Wax model- John Lennon
  • Shirley Temple (actress and diplomat)
  • Wax model - Ringo Starr
  • Wax model - Paul McCartney
  • Albert Einstein (physicist)
  • John Lennon
  • Ringo Starr
  • Paul McCartney
  • George Harrison
  • Bobby Breen (singer)
  • Marlene Dietrich (actress/singer)
  • Gandhi (Indian Leader) (removed)
  • Tin Tan (Mexican Actor) (Changed )
  • Legionnaire from the Order of the Buffalos
  • Diana Dors (actress)

Other objects within the group include:

  • Cloth grandmother-figure by Jann Haworth
  • Cloth Figure of Shirley Temple by Jann Haworth
  • A Mexican candlestick
  • A television set
  • A stone figure of a girl
  • Another stone figure
  • A statue brought over from John Lennon's house
  • A trophy
  • A doll of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi
  • A doll wearing a sweater giving homage to The Rolling Stones
  • A drum skin, designed by fairground artist Joe Ephgrave
  • A hookah (water pipe)
  • A velvet snake
  • Fukusuke, Japanese china figure
  • A stone figure of Snow White
  • A garden gnome
  • A tuba  

People who were originally intended for the front cover but were ultimately excluded:

  • Jesus Christ (removed because the LP would be released a few months after John Lennon's Jesus statement)
  • Mahatma Gandhi (removed because EMI felt that his presence would offend the Indian market)
  • Leo Gorcey (removed because he requested a fee for the use of his likeness)
  • Elvis Presley (singer)[citation needed]
  • Adolf Hitler (removed at the insistence of Parlophone Records)
  • Germ?n Vald?s "Tin Tan" (removed because he requested Ringo change him for a Mexican Tree) 

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