40 YEARS AGO TODAY: Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Movie Bombs

The movie adaptation of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band opened in theaters on July 24th, 1978.

There were 29 songs in the score, primarily from the Segeant Pepper's and Abbey Road albums.It starred The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton as a sort of a "Film Four." Billy Preston played Sergeant Pepper with George Burns as Mister Kite.Steve Martin was Dr. Maxwell Edison, singing "Maxwell's Silver Hammer."Producer Robert Stigwood was a onetime assistant to Beatles manager Brian Epstein.It was styled like opera, with almost no dialogue -- most of which was spoken by Burns.Based on The Beatles' landmark album, it proved to be critical and commercial failure.The closest thing to a success was Aerosmith's soundtrack cover of "Come Together," which reached the Top 40. Aerosmith were billed in the film as the Future Villain Band.None of The Beatles appeared in the production.

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