Sgt Pepper's Lonely Ukes Club Band
Following on from previous challenges such as the West Side Story Medley and MacArthur Park, Sgt Pepper was originally arranged as an instrumental solo. “I had this zany idea of playing side one of Sgt Pepper as a short instrumental medley. It took some time and upon hearing it, a friend remarked, what about side two…?”
Once he proved the point, Leonard decided it could be even better with a dash of cello. In stepped performing partner Jenny Rowlands, who applied her arrangement skills and performing expertise making the project truly worthy of its intentions and creating a world first. At her suggestion the live show has become an audio/visual presentation.
The trio performance features the consummate Dan Harvey on drums and is now available on CD.
“On paper the ukulele and cello seem an odd pairing but after hearing this rendition, any doubts you might have will vanish in the mist. It is a performance that engages you with its charm and wit and communicates a range of emotions that pinball from celebration to meloncholy.” Nelson Times
Released in June 1967, Sgt. Pepper is also rock's ultimate declaration of change. For the Beatles it was a decisive goodbye to matching suits, world tours and assembly-line record-making. At the same time, Sgt. Pepper formally ushered in an unforgettable season of hope, upheaval and achievement: the late 1960s and, in particular, 1967's Summer of Love. In its iridescent instrumentation, lyric fantasias and eye-popping packaging, Sgt. Pepper defined the opulent revolutionary optimism of psychedelia and instantly spread the gospel of love, acid, Eastern spirituality and electric guitars around the globe. No other pop record of that era, or since, has had such an immediate, titanic impact. This music documents the world's biggest rock band at the very height of its influence and ambition.