Wouldn’t it be interesting to look at the Beatles albums as if they were done by other artists? Here we will take a look at cover versions of the songs that made up the Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper”s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Track listing is based on the original UK releases and not the “butchered” US versions.

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Jimi Hendrix

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_xHiPgwwnA

Jimi Hendrix really didn’t miss a trick, within days of the Beatles releasing this song (and album) Jimi had learnt it on guitar and had taken to playing it live.

With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQYDvQ1HH-E

Joe Cocker took his version of this song to the number one spot in the UK charts. Both Wet Wet Wet and Mark & Sam also took cover version of this Beatles song to number one in the UK.

Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds – William Shatner

Plenty of other cover versions of this seminal Beatles song to choose from, but we all know that the William Shatner version needs to be heard more and more and more. Or maybe not!

Getting Better – Kaiser Chiefs

Taken from a BBC Radio 2 special documentary marking the 40th year anniversary of the release of the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, here we have the Kaiser Chiefs running through an oft-missed Beatles classic.

Fixing a Hole – The Fray

Some say this song is about drugs, others say it is about D.I.Y. Whatever, it’s a cracking tune!

She’s Leaving Home – Motown Version

If the Beatles had been signed to the Motown level, this is how this Paul McCartney penned Beatles song could have sounded like!

Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite – Bee Gees

The Bee Gees performed this cover version for the quite woeful Sgt Peppers movie! Nothing more needs said really.

Within You Without You – Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth recorded this cove version of the George Harrison penned Beatles song for a compilation album called ‘Sgt Pepper Knew My Father’.

When I’m Sixty-Four – Frankie Howerd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BRNHuzLcAY

Another song taken from the ‘Sgt Peppers’ movie, just one look at this video will show you just how random and bizarre the film was!

Lovely Rita – Travis

Another song taken from the BBC Radio 2 special documentary about the 40th anniversary of the release of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, this one coming from Scottish band Travis.

Good Morning Good Morning – Paul Nicholas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=997k_UqA42U

Well, Paul Nicholas, Pete Frampton and the Bee Gees combined to record this Beatles cover version which featured in the diabolical ‘Sgt Peppers’ movie.

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) – Stereophonics

Taken from a live BBC Radio 2 special documentary. Not the only Beatles song that Welsh band the Stereophonics have covered, they do a cracking version of ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ – well worth tracking down.

A Day in the Life – Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli’s version of the closing track of the Beatles Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album was released on an album called ‘All This And World War II’ – it is well worth tracking down a copy of that album!

 

P.S. This article was originally published by the same author on Triond on the 12th of October 2010 and can be found by clicking HERE.