Jimi Hendrix Covered “Sgt. Pepper” Days After It’s Release In Front Of The Beatles

On June 4, 1967, Jimi Hendrix and the Experience played their last show in England, at London’s Saville Theatre, before heading off to America.  The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album had just been released on June 1 and The Beatles were in attendance.  Hendrix, who was already a great fan of the band, bought the album on the day of its release and covered it the opening track two days later.


Hendrix chose to open the show with his own rendition of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band“, rehearsed only minutes before taking the stage, much to The Beatles astonishment and delight.

Jimi Hendrix Saville Theatre The Beatles Sgt. Pepper

Hendrix didn’t know at the time that they were in the audience. Paul McCartney said later he was honored by the tribute;

“simply incredible, perhaps the best I have ever seen him play”

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  1. BlueFlame says:

    Hendrix played the Saville twice, first on January 29 67 then on June 4 67 when he played Pepper, the photo above is from the first performance only Paul and George were there when Jimi did his take on the just-released Lonely Hearts Club Band which was the only album which kept his own debut record Are You Experienced from reaching #1.

    1. raul says:

      thanks for your input. i wish there was a photo of Paul & George at the June 4th show.

  2. BlueFlame says:

    (The Experience flew to America then to play Monterey, later that year, in August, they were booked for two more shows at Epstein's Saville but the 2nd one was cancelled upon news of Brian E's death)

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