“Salt and Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” doesn’t have the same ring to it.
But if it weren’t for a moment of confusion about condiments, the 1967 Beatles classic — one of the greatest albums in rock history — would have never become “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
“I was on a plane with our roadie, and we were eating. And he said, ‘Could you pass the salt and pepper?’ ” says Paul McCartney in the new docuseries “McCartney 3, 2, 1,” which premieres on Hulu Friday. “And I thought he said ‘Sgt. Pepper.’ … So we had a laugh about that, but then the more I thought about it, [I thought] ‘Sgt. Pepper’ — that’s kind of a cool title.”
The story behind that album title is just one of the secrets about the Fab Four that McCartney, 79, spills to legendary producer Rick Rubin over the course of the six-part docuseries that reveals how The Beatles really worked it out — and made the magic happen.