The Beatles infamous Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover

So, who is that on the cover of The Beatles infamous Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover

The 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 (Hindu guru)
    Aleister Crowley (occultist)
    Mae West (actress)
    Lenny Bruce (comedian)
    Karlheinz Stockhausen (composer)
    W. C. Fields (comedian/actor)
    Carl Gustav Jung (psychiatrist)
    Edgar Allan Poe (writer)
    Fred Astaire (actor/dancer)
    Richard Merkin (artist)
    The Vargas Girl (by artist Alberto Vargas)
    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 (comedian)
    Marilyn Monroe (actress)
    William S. Burroughs (writer)
    Sri Mahavatar Babaji (Hindu guru)
    Stan Laurel (actor/comedian)
    Richard Lindner (artist)
    Oliver Hardy (actor/comedian)
    Karl Marx (political philosopher)
    H. G. Wells (writer)
    Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (Hindu guru)
    Sigmund Freud (psychiatrist) – barely visible below Bob Dylan
    Anonymous (hairdresser’s wax dummy)

Third row:
    Stuart Sutcliffe (artist/former Beatle)
    Anonymous (hairdresser’s wax dummy)
    Max Miller (comedian)
    A “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 (Olympic swimmer/Tarzan actor)
    Stephen Crane (writer) – barely visible between Issy Bonn’s head and raised arm
    Issy Bonn (comedian)
    George Bernard Shaw (playwright)
    H. C. Westermann (sculptor)
    Albert Stubbins (football player)
    Sri Lahiri Mahasaya (guru)
    Lewis Carroll (writer)
    T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”)

Front row:
    Wax model of Sonny Liston (boxer)
    A “Petty Girl” (by George Petty)
    Wax model of George Harrison
    Wax model of John Lennon
    Shirley Temple (child actress) – barely visible, first of three appearances on the cover
    Wax model of Ringo Starr
    Wax model of Paul McCartney
    Albert Einstein (physicist) – largely obscured
    John Lennon holding a French horn
    Ringo Starr holding a trumpet
    Paul McCartney holding a Cor Anglais
    George Harrison holding a flute
    Bobby Breen (singer)
    Marlene Dietrich (actress/singer)
    An American legionnaire[1]
    Diana Dors (actress)
    Shirley Temple (child actress) – second appearance on the cover

Other objects within the group include:
    Cloth grandmother-figure by Jann Haworth
    Cloth doll by Haworth of Shirley Temple wearing a sweater that reads “Welcome The Rolling Stones”
    A ceramic Mexican craft known as a Tree of Life from Metepec
    A 9-inch Sony television set, apparently owned by Paul McCartney – the receipt, bearing McCartney’s signature, is owned by a curator of a museum dedicated to The Beatles in Japan. [2]
    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 drum skin, designed by fairground artist Joe Ephgrave
    A hookah (water pipe)
    A velvet snake
    A Fukusuke, Japanese china figure
    A stone figure of Snow White
    A garden gnome
    A euphonium/baritone horn

People who were originally intended for the front cover but were ultimately excluded:
•    Leo Gorcey – was modelled and originally included to the left of Huntz Hall, but was subsequently removed when a fee of $400 was requested for the use of the actor’s likeness.
•    Mohandas Gandhi – was modelled and originally included to the right of Lewis Carroll, but was subsequently removed. According to McCartney, “Gandhi also had to go because the head of EMI, Sir Joe Lockwood, said that in India they wouldn’t allow the record to be printed”.
•    Jesus Christ – was requested by Lennon, but not modelled because the LP would be released only a few months after Lennon’s Jesus statement.
•    Adolf Hitler – was modelled and was visible in early photographs of the montage, positioned to the right of Larry Bell, but was eventually obscured by Johnny Weissmuller in the final image


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