It’s week 14 of 2020, which means it’s time for another weekly post on my website, music1967.com.
This week in 1967, Paul McCartney flew from London to Los Angeles, to share the acetate (trial pressing) of The Beatles’ unreleased new album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album’s title had been inspired by the fanciful names coming out of San Francisco, and after a brief stop in L.A. to transfer to a private jet, McCartney and his aide de camp Mal Evans would fly north to check out the burgeoning San Francisco scene, where a new form of radio was launched this very week.
McCartney’s visit to San Francisco, would also inspire the Beatles’ next project. But first he fly to visit his girlfriend in Denver, then return to Los Angeles to plot with his friends in the Mamas and Papas an event that would come to shape 1967 and music well beyond. His visit would also have an enormous impact on one of his friends and rivals.
But that’s for next week. For now, enjoy Week 14: San Francisco!