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The Paul McCartney error that led to Beatles album 'Sgt. Pepper'

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As with every Fab Four release, the lyrics have been pawed over for decades. The album was released 20 years after the writer died, a fact which has led many to suggest that when the band sing “It was 20 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play,” it highlights their allegiance to the writer. It’s a little flimsy, at best, and at worst, totally irrational.

It’s a claim that others suggest is substantiated by Lennon’s now-infamous 1980 interview with Playboy’s David Sheff. In the interview, he seems to replicate Aleister Crowley’s most famous mantra: “Do what thou wilst is the whole of the Law,” when he said, “Do what thou wilst, as long as it doesn’t hurt somebody.” However, now, it would seem that it came to McCartney after a misheard request for salt and pepper.

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So it was 20 years ago today that Sargent Pepper (Crowley, who passed away in 1947) "taught the band to play". What, at his own funeral?

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It came out in 1967, when 1947 was 20 years ago.

Presumably AC could have "taught the band to play" (ie taught them the Secrets of magick) at any time before his death. The album came out in May '67; AC was alive and well in May '47.

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