Hey, we got an idea… Let’s take something really cool and make a movie out of it…
Written by megarock on July 24, 2018
Hey, we got an idea… Let’s take something really cool and make a movie out of it and see if we can ruin our careers, or how about lets prove that just because one is a great singer, it don’t mean they can act.
On July 24, 1978, the movie musical “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was released (some sources have it as the 21st).
The movie starred the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and a whole bunch of others, along with “guest” appearances by dozens. The “guests” included: Peter Allen, Curtis Mayfield, Keith Allison, Cousin Bruce Morrow (Cousin Brucie), George Benson, Peter Noone, Elvin Bishop, Alan O’Day, Stephen Bishop, Lee Oskar, Jack Bruce, The Paley Brothers, Keith Carradine, Robert Palmer, Carol Channing, Wilson Pickett, “Charlotte, Sharon, and Ula”, Anita Pointer, Jim Dandy, Bonnie Raitt, Sarah Dash, Helen Reddy, Rick Derringer, Minnie Riperton, Barbara Dickson, Chita Rivera, Donovan, Johnny Rivers, Randy Edelman, Monte Rock III, Yvonne Elliman, Danielle Rowe, Jose Feliciano, Sha-Na-Na, Leif Garrett, Del Shannon, Geraldine Granger, Joe Simon, Adrian Gurvitz, Seals & Crofts, Billy Harper, Connie Stevens, Eddie Harris, Al Stewart, Heart, John Stewart, Nona Hendryx, Tina Turner, Barry Humphries, Frankie Valli, Etta James, Gwen Verdon, Dr. John, Diane Vincent, Bruce Johnston, Grover Washington, Jr., Joe Lala, Hank Williams, Jr., D.C. LaRue, Johnny Winter, Jo Leb, Wolfman Jack, Marcy Levy, Bobby Womack, Mark Lindsay, Alan White, Nils Lofgren, Lenny White, Jackie Lomax, Margaret Whiting, John Mayall, and Gary Wright.
Upon release the film received scathingly negative reviews, with critics taking issue with its thin plot, incomprehensibility and bad acting and singing. According to movie historian Leonard Maltin, the picture “…ranges from tolerable to embarrassing and just doesn’t work. As for the Bee Gees’ acting talents, if you can’t say something nice…”
How many of you enjoyed the movie. The soundtrack did have some great music on it ( Earth, Wind & Fire’s cover of “Got To Get You Into My Life” and Aerosmith’s “Come Together”), but something was missing in the film.
Happy 40th Birthday to the movie “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”!!!