Happy Birthday Sgt Pepper! In a rare interview, DJ Kenny Everett told me of how he first heard the album:
Q: Weren’t you the first DJ to play Sergeant Pepper?
Kenny: Well I was the first DJ to play Strawberry Fields Forever. I first heard Sergeant Pepper in George’s house. He had a low slung white goes-on-forever house in Esher. And a bunch of us including Tony Hall from Deram records were invited to George’s place to hear this new album. He had an acetate of it. He put it on the gramophone, and we all sat around and this thing started and blew us away, we were completely gone and on another planet, it was a quantum leap, and we thought, ‘music can stop right here, nobody is ever going to produce anything better than this, so all musicians can go back to bed now’. It was the best thing we’d ever heard! And George said ‘It’s quite good isn’t it?’ The night before they’d all had a party, and they’d decided to get spray cans of coloured paint and spray ‘God is Love’ and other things all over the walls of the house, this wonderful million dollar house, and they sprayed flowers, and words all over it in a stoned orgy the night before. He’d woken up the next morning to get the milk in and had horror written all over his face at what they’d done.