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Re: People In Sgt Pepper’s Cover
« Result #27 on Mar 30, 2004, 10:30pm »

This particular fellow is the member of the Royal Antediluvian Order of the Buffaloes. (R.A.O.B)

This group is known for the charitable acts they engage in to further the “pursuit of brotherhood.”

When one thinks of the couuntless numbers of individuals to choose from for the cover of Sgt. Pepper, it makes one wonder why those who appear were the “chosen ones.”

Take Stockhausen, for example. Several
telegrams were wired to him for approval in an almost frantic attempt to get him included on the cover.


Seems a bit more calculated than just liking the sound of the names.

Upon a closer look, there seems to be some connections with the different faces that appear on the cover as well.

Much more than mere happenstance.

Many of the items such as the “Paul?”
flower display and the other articles
found gracing the cover tell a story as well.

There is more going on than meets the eye.

“There is nothing you can see that isn’t shown.”


In July of 1966, Dylan was involved in a very serious motorcycle accident and spent many months in seclusion.

Besides being a strong influence in John’s writing style, he would be a likely canidate for inclusion on the Pepper cover using Harb’s observations.

Yet, there remains some rather strange
“connections” with other invited guest.

Edgar Allen Poe holds a rather dubious
record in Beatle lore. Not only appearing on the Pepper cover, but also being mentioned in song (I am the Walrus), and even speculated to have been the inspiration for the song “Blackbird” from his epic poem titled
“The Raven”, and the inclusion of the word “Eldorado” heard on “Revolution #9” from a poem by the same name.

Poe’s early works, mostly written for a Philly newspaper, dealt in the art of solving ciphers by using available clues.

His first books used many ciphers and written clues to solve the mystery along with the characters in the book.
The most obvious being a novel titled “The Goldbug.”

These tactics were not oblivious to the Beatles, who used the technigue to a great extent in developing the cover for Sgt. Pepper.

One strange connection is with the author Terry Southern who is also amongst the crowd on Pepper. Southern, among other great books, is known for his penning of “Dr. Strangelove,” which later became a hit movie by the same name.

In the book/movie, the dis-arm code used to diffuse the “bomb” was named “P.O.E.”, short for “Peace on Earth.”

The movie was directed by none other than Stanley Kubrick, whose unused footage from another film was used during the “Flying” segment on the “Magical Mystery Tour” movie.

And, it doesn’t stop there folks.

But we’ll leave that for another day.

There’s NOTHING you can KNOW that isn’t KNOWN.


« Result #25 on Apr 2, 2004, 9:51pm »

Points to ponder…

So many of the supposed “clues” found on MMT seem to point back towards Sgt. Pepper.

Case in point:

Hidden on the Pepper cover is a WALRUS.
Using your trusty mirror, place it vertically touching Diana Dors left elbow.

See him?

Yet, this “clue” pre-dates any mention in Beatle lore of a walrus. That would come on the following release, MMT.

Compare the two covers to each other.

On each cover the lads are dressed in costumes, each related, but different.

Both covers depict them as “another” band.

They both show them standing behind a banner. To the rear are a collection of stars, people on Pepper, actual star shapes on MMT.

Both albums feature a reference to Edgar Allen Poe, and our pesky friend, the Walrus.

And to Harb:

On your site, regarding clues found in the MMT booklet, you show the pic of John and George during the “Death Cab for Cutie” sequence, and state that no clues were found on that page.

But, the clue IS the picture!

It shows (memory lapse) either John or George wearing an item with a HEART on it, while sitting in a CLUB, watching a BAND.

It’s as though they chose to draw attention back to Pepper.


And all this years before any of the PID rumours came to the surface.

What are we missing?


Re: People In Sgt Pepper’s Cover
« Result #24 on Apr 3, 2004, 2:54pm »

Lewis Carroll, besides gracing the cover of Pepper, may have had a hand in it’s recording as well.

We all know what effect he had on John and his unique style of writing, so we will pass over that one for now.

But little known is the technique employed by George Martin and Lennon for the organ sounds on “Mr. Kite.”

In the book titled, “Phantasmagoria and Other Poems” written by Carroll, is the poem “Poeta Fit, Non Nascitur.”

The poem involves a young man seeking advice from a more seasoned poet on how he could become a poet himself.

The elderly poet tells him in the following stanzas:

“For first you write a sentence, and then you chop it small.

Then mix the bits and sort them out,
just as they chance to fall.

The order of the phrases
makes no difference at all.”

This being the exact ploy used in the organ parts mixed into the song.

It shows to what extent the background information on each member of the “crowd” was used to formulate the creation of Sgt. Pepper and the mystery
surrounding it.


Re: People In Sgt Pepper’s Cover
« Result #23 on Apr 4, 2004, 3:40pm »

“It seems very pretty,” she said when she had finished it, “but it’s rather hard to understand!” (You see she didn’t like to confess even to herself,
that she couldn’t make it out at all)
“Somehow it fills my head with ideas–
only I don’t exactly know what they are! However, somebody killed something: that’s clear, at any rate—”

Re: People In Sgt Pepper’s Cover
« Result #22 on Apr 11, 2004, 10:01am »

“I saw a film today, oh boy, the English army had just won the war…”

There seems to be a small connection between the above lines from “A Day in the Life,” and the mysterious “Billy Shears.”

Although purely conjecture on my part,
it would seem that the “film” mentioned
may have been “The Bridge Over the River Kwai.”


Not to bore you with a synopsis of the film, (you can explore that one on your own) but it concerns members of the English army being held in a Japanese prison camp and used to construct a tactical bridge for their captors.

In the end, the bridge was ultimately
built and then destroyed by the English army, thus aiding in the victory over the Japanese.

One major character in the film, Lt. Commander SHEARS, was played by actor WILLIAM Holden. This character plays a pivitol role in the destruction of the bridge. In one scene, he tells a nurse that “all you need is love.” Actually, one of the memorable lines of the movie.

Could the name “Billy Shears” of SPLHCB be inspired by the character of this flim mentioned on the same album?

Seems logical as the mention of seeing a “film” was important enough to become lyrics of a song. What profound effect
did it have on Lennon, who went on to play in a movie titled, “How I Won the War.”


Happy Easter!


« Result #21 on May 1, 2004, 12:42pm »

Valid points, Larry.

Still, outside the Beatle’s inner-circle, there was nary a mention
of the “walrus” at the time of Sgt. Pepper’s release.

That would follow shortly after.

Yet, he remains “hidden” amongst the notable faces on Pepper.

It is my belief that there remains a plethora of clues on the Pepper cover that have yet seen the “light of day.”

It stands to reason that many subsequent “clues” that followed directed attention back to Sgt. Pepper.

“Magical Mystery Tour” contained many “Pepper” clues, and introduced our “walrus” to the public.

“Yellow Submarine” was based on the “Sgt. Pepper” theme.

Both “Abbey Road” and the “White Album” make reference to the “walrus” in song.

The “walrus” and “Sgt. Pepper” are even mentioned in Lennon’s solo work, and appears in Harrison’s “Fab” video.

They are directing our attention back to find what was missed.

And, going to great lengths to do so.


« Result #20 on May 2, 2004, 12:51am »

Thanks, JoJo!

Again, this was the “Death Cab for Cutie” segment of the MMT movie.

It shows John with a “heart” on his hat while sitting in a “club” watching a “band.”

I had not noticed George’s hat, or the peculiar fellow in uniform with the straws. Great work!!


Re: People In Sgt Pepper’s Cover
« Result #19 on May 2, 2004, 1:21am »

Seems that Lewis Carroll’s inspiration, usually associated with Lennon’s work during the Sgt. Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour era, extends beyond the obvious and presents itself in places unexpected.

There is a connection with Carroll and McCartney’s song, “Hey Jude.”

In the “Through the Looking Glass” books, it seems that the White Queen has a habit that when she says the word “better,” she repeats it over and over again, each time getting more high pitched and louder until it ends in a squeal. At which time she completely transform herself into a “new creature”
or a new location.

Sound familiar?

“Better, better, better…”


« Result #18 on May 6, 2004, 9:10pm »

Another topic dear to my heart.

We’ll take this is segments, as there is much to discuss.

Let’s start at the beginning…

In 1976, an album was released by a band named KLAATU. It was released on the Canadian affiliate of Capitol Records. No biographical information was included on the album jacket. Instead, it simply stated that all songs were written and performed by KLAATU. No pictures of the band graced the cover. Inquiries to Capitol for any info on this “mystery” band were left unanswered.

The problem was quite simply, the music contained within the grooves bore a striking Beatle-esque quality. With little imagination and a good set of ears, the vocals of Lennon and McCartney, Harrison and Starr could be heard amongst the Sgt. Pepper-ish era tunes.

Was this the second coming?

The album in question titled “3:47 EST”
in Cananda, and simply “Klaatu” here in the U.S. was soon rumored to be a un-released Beatle album that was a follow up to “Revolver.” That album was soon scrapped due to the death of Paul McCartney in a car accident in 1966. A replacement “Paul” was found, groomed, and presented to the world with the release of Sgt. Pepper. This was the account of why there was such a delay between the release of “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper.”

Time went by, and the tapes were re-discovered while combing through the excess while initial plans were in the making for what we now know as the “Anthology.” The album was then completed, and released under am assumed name as a tribute to McCartney in ’76.

Had the Beatles re-united in Canada under an assumed name in 1976 and released an album in memory of a fallen mate? And if so, what tell-tale “clues” could be discerned to prove just that?

To be continued…(if you’re interested)


« Result #17 on May 7, 2004, 9:53pm »

Thanks for the replies!

Before I continue, I must address the fact that I personally do not find the “lost album” theory plausible.

Yet, it does not dampen the belief that indeed some, if not all of the Beatles
had a hand in the production of this album.

It was not uncommon for the lads to write, perform with, and produce artists under assumed names. Many examples can be found of this fact.

First, lets look at some of the visual clues found on the front and back covers of the record.

The name KLAATU, came from a 1950s era sci-fi film titled “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” As earlier discussed, the name was lifted from the lead character in the film.

A still from the film was used by Ringo Starr, with his face super-imposed upon the Klaatu character for his album “Goodnight Vienna.”

The large “Sun” on the cover can also be found inside the gatefold of George’s “33 1/3.” It is said that the face on the “sun” is a composite of John’s nose and chin, and Paul’s eyes.
Said to represent the common use of the “sun” in numerous Beatle lyrics and song titles.

The ornate scroll work that frames the front cover picture in the upper right and left corners resembles the head of a “ram.” Possibly an indication of Paul’s contributions to the record.
The reverse of the cover shows a planet that seems to mimic the “Venus and Mars” cover, as well. In the movie, when the character Klaatu was asked where he came from, he answered ” Venus and Mars.” Also, at the end of one particular McCartney concert, he said to the crowd, “See you when the Earth stands still..” before he departed the stage.

Along the bottom edge of the front cover is a row of shrubs. It is said that the letters spelling B-e-a-t-l-e-s can be found in the tangle of limbs.

There is also a small mouse (more on him later) pictured on the front cover.
It is implied that it’s name is “Little Neutrino.”(more on that later, as well)

Sound familiar?

A “neutrino” is a particle that can dis-appear, and re-appear at will. It can also pass through solid objects unknown and uneffected.

These are several of the supposed clues found on the cover . They seem to be referenced by the the solo works of the Beatles albums during this time period.

When asked of Paul McCartney if the Beatles would ever reunite, he once quipped that if they ever did, it would be soley for the music, and not the hype that surrounded it. ” A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words.”

Next we’ll look at the words found in the lyrics of the songs for further clues…


Re: People In Sgt Pepper’s Cover
« Result #16 on May 7, 2004, 10:22pm »

Some of the items found on the cover tell a story as well.

Consider the use of the Hyacinth plant used to form the word “Beatles” on the cover of Sgt. Pepper.

What possible connection could be associated with a flower??

Lets take a look at the myth of it’s creation.

Hyacinthus, young son of the King of Sparta, beautiful like the very gods of Mount Olympos, was beloved by Apollo, the shooter of arrows.

The two would meet on the banks of the Eurotas River, and delight in various pastimes.

One day while the pair was trying to out do each other in a game of discus throwing, Hyacinthus trying to chase down Apollo’s last throw, was struck in the HEAD by the falling discus and killed.

Apollo, heartbroken at the loss of his friend by his own hand, and clutching the lifeless body in his arms, vowed to have him remembered for all time.

With one word from Apollo, a fragrant red flower arose from the spilled blood of his friend on the ground. On its petals you can still read the letters “Ay,” the sigh of pain that rose from Apollo’s grief stricken heart at the loss.

It seems curious that later in his carreer that McCartney would choose the name “APOLLO C. Vermouth” to produce a song for the Bozo Dog Band. A band that earlier was to provide the only non-Beatle song for the Magical Mystery Tour film.


Re: People In Sgt Pepper’s Cover
« Result #15 on May 8, 2004, 12:39am »

Interesting question, my good doctor.

I can only speculate as to the dubious inclusion of the Hyacinth plant on the cover.

I suspect it refers to the tragic death of Tara Browne. Both he and Paul were very close, and keeping with the mythology would seem to make sense.
And, the choice of Paul to assume the name of “Apollo” later in life only serves to cement the theory.

Yet, the flowers spell out the word “Beatles,” and the rumors of Paul’s death from head wounds suffered in a car accident puts a very unusual twist
to the mix.

Both scenarios would seem to follow suit.

Consider this for a moment…

Tara Browne was the “heir” to the Guiness fortune.

He was killed at a young age in a car accident.

“You were in a car crash, and you lost your hair.”

Ever notice that the words “hair” and “heir” can sound somewhat similar?

Just a silly tid-bit I pulled from my arse. Though it makes me wonder.

“You were in a car crash, and you lost your heir.”

Makes sense to me, if looked at in that manner.


Re: People In Sgt Pepper’s Cover
« Result #14 on May 8, 2004, 1:42pm »

Great questions, Darkhorse!

Like I said, I simply was playing around with the premise.

But, to answer your query, if Paul and Tara were both killed in seperate accidents, and the “Paul” from Sgt. Pepper was not who he seemed, then regardless of any relationship betwixt the two, the new “Paul” would have no reference to that freindship. It would fall on the other three to point it out.

From all accounts, John did not seem to be that close to Tara, citing that “A Day in the Life” was written partially about “that Guinness CHILD.” No love lost there, it appears.

You bring up some valid points.


Re: People In Sgt Pepper’s Cover
« Result #13 on May 8, 2004, 7:51pm »

I have always felt the lines from McCartney’s, “Venus and Mars” dealt briefly with a slightly intoxicated Tara leading up to the accident.

“Red lights, green lights, strawberry wine, a good friend of mine, follows the stars, Venus and Mars are alright tonight.’

Tara was known, through his personal wealth, to be able to hang with the hip crowd of the day.

“He blew his mind out in a car, he didn’t notice that the lights had changed.”

I’m sure there are other references to him, sprinkled about Paul’s solo work.

As far as “Fara” is concerned, I see little evidence to support such a theory. Interesting concept, though.
And, one that may warrant a closer look.

The whole reference to “Venus and Mars” itself may need a closer look as well.

It is semi-apparent that mythology may play a significant role in unfolding the story line.

I’ll take a peak and see what I can find. Anyone care to join me?


Re: People In Sgt Pepper’s Cover
« Result #12 on May 9, 2004, 11:05am »

Interesting choice of words, Doc. There seems to be a book titled “Shutters and Blinds,” that deals with aspects of Tara’a death. Forgot the author’s name at this time.

Seems that Tara was killed in the early
morning hours of 12-18-66. He was traveling to visit David Vaughn, who was doing some painting on the front of Tara’s Kings Road shop Dandy Fashions.

He smashed his Lotus Elan into the rear of a parked van while swerving to avoid a Volkswagon that pulled out in his path in Redcliffe Gardens in Earls Court.

From what I can glean, he was with a female friend who escaped the accident with minor injuries. Tara was dead at the scene.

As far as “Venus and Mars” are concerned, there are several differing stories. Venus is the god of peace, Mars the god of war. They were lovers, such as Hyacinthus and Apollo were lovers to a different degree.

Didn’t really find anything beyond that after a cursory search.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Re: Did George Really Sing Fool on the Hill?
« Result #11 on May 12, 2004, 10:13pm »

“Ev’rybody’s talking ’bout Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, This-ism, That-ism, ism, ism, ism…”


« Result #9 on Nov 24, 2004, 8:01pm »

Some points to ponder…

The “bird”, a Martin, holds the recorder in “bend sinister.” This being an old sign of illegitimacy. Sir George either feels like a “bastard”, or feels he worked with some “bastards.”

The white area betwixt the three beetles is called a “fess nebuly.”
It is thought to represent either “clouds’ or “Heaven.”
The lines contained within are called “barrulets” and may represent the muusical staff. If so, the absent notes may speak volumes.

Lastly, the zebra marches from right to left holding an “Abbot”s crozier.”

Can you think of any other “zebra crossings” this may refer too?


Re: We all look at a “faul” figurine!
« Result #8 on Nov 24, 2004, 8:08pm »

Another tasty tidbit…

When originally released, there was a second “Paul” figurine released as well. Same as shown above, yet the the other character in the set was “Captain Fred.”

Somewhat harder to find, it can be found still on eBay.

No word if it will be re-released as well with this lot.


« Result #7 on Nov 24, 2004, 11:30pm »

Thought maybe you would enjoy this…


*edited in order to post the pic for Apollo

Re: Window On Yellow Sub Decapitated Head With Hal
« Result #6 on Mar 22, 2006, 8:27pm »

Sorry for the intrusion…

The “P” stands for “Pepperland.” This is another failed attempt to divert your attention back to the clues on Sgt. Pepper.

Numerous attempts were made post “Pepper” to redirect your focus. By this time, the “grand design” becomes a parody of itself. Do not confuse the two. It is a mistake that echoes to this day.

All is not lost. The message still remains.


Re: Pepperpots Billy- probably not with Bee Gees
« Result #5 on Aug 30, 2006, 8:25pm »

Pardon the intrusion…

Let’s see…The band on the cover was not the band on the record, but merely several lads in suits, made to look somewhat Beatle-ish, but appearing to look nothing like the Beatles themselves, which the band playing on the record could have pulled off if they had worn suits and had a picture taken and used it on the cover.
Quick…drink the Kool-Aid.


Re: Tara Browne
« Result #4 on Jan 29, 2007, 9:01pm »

Pardon the intrusion…

Seems that much has been made of Tara’s passing only through mention in part during “A Day in the Life.”
His “widowed bride” being excluded in most publications. Her name is Noreen MacSherry. She bore two sons. Tara being 21 years of age when he passed. Yet, nary a mention of the marriage in 1964. He being the son of the 4th Lord Oranmore and Browne and Oonagh Guinness, seems to beg for a polite mention on the “society page.”




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