Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mural: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Springfield, MA

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Springfield, MA

N 42° 06.049 W 072° 35.316

Short Description: 

A mural of the album cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is located at the Court Square side of the Court Square Building at 31 Elm Street in Springfield, MA.
Location: New York, United States

Long Description:

Artist John Simpson has painted this tribute to the Beatles, along with various other murals at One Court Square in Springfield, MA. It's one of his largest works and is an accurate representation of one of the Beatles most influential albums Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was issued in 1967 and features a song by the same name. The Beatles won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts in 1967 for their work on this cover.

According to Wikipedia the following persons and object appear on the album cover:

Top row

01. Sri Yukteswar Giri (Hindu guru)
02. Aleister Crowley (occultist)
03. Mae West (actress)
04. Lenny Bruce (comedian)
05. Karlheinz Stockhausen (composer)
06. W. C. Fields (comedian/actor)
07.Carl Gustav Jung (psychiatrist)
08. Edgar Allan Poe (writer)
09. Fred Astaire (actor/dancer)
10. Richard Merkin (artist)
11. The Vargas Girl (by artist Alberto Vargas)
12. Huntz Hall (actor)
13. Simon Rodia (designer and builder of the Watts Towers)
14. Bob Dylan (singer/songwriter)

Second row

15. Aubrey Beardsley (illustrator)
16. Sir Robert Peel (19th century British Prime Minister)
17. Aldous Huxley (writer)
18. Dylan Thomas (poet)
19. Terry Southern (writer)
20. Dion Dimucci (singer/songwriter)
21. Tony Curtis (actor)
22. Wallace Berman (artist)
23. Tommy Handley (comedian)
24. Marilyn Monroe (actress)
25. William S. Burroughs (writer)
26. Sri Mahavatar Babaji (Hindu guru)
27. Stan Laurel (actor/comedian)
28. Richard Lindner (artist)
29. Oliver Hardy (actor/comedian)
30. Karl Marx (political philosopher)
31. H. G. Wells (writer)
32 Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (Hindu guru)
33. James Joyce (Irish poet and novelist) – barely visible below Bob Dylan
34. Anonymous (hairdresser's wax dummy)

Third row

35. Stuart Sutcliffe (artist/former Beatle)
36. Anonymous (hairdresser's wax dummy)
37. Max Miller (comedian)
38. A "Petty Girl" (by artist George Petty)
39. Marlon Brando (actor)
40. Tom Mix (actor)
41. Oscar Wilde (writer)
42. Tyrone Power (actor)
43. Larry Bell (artist)
44. David Livingstone (missionary/explorer)
45. Johnny Weissmuller (Olympic swimmer/Tarzan actor)
46. Stephen Crane (writer) – barely visible between Issy Bonn's head and raised arm
47. Issy Bonn (comedian)
48. George Bernard Shaw (playwright)
49. H. C. Westermann (sculptor)
50. Albert Stubbins (English footballer)
51. Sri Lahiri Mahasaya (guru)
52. Lewis Carroll (writer)
53. T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia")

Front row

54. Wax model of Sonny Liston (boxer)
55. A "Petty Girl" (by George Petty)
56. Wax model of George Harrison
57. Wax model of John Lennon
58. Shirley Temple (child actress) – barely visible behind the wax models of John and Ringo, first of three appearances on the cover
59. Wax model of Ringo Starr
60. Wax model of Paul McCartney
61. Albert Einstein (physicist) – largely obscured
62. John Lennon holding a Wagner tuba
63. Ringo Starr holding a trumpet
64. Paul McCartney holding a cor anglais
65. George Harrison holding a piccolo
66. Bette Davis (actress) – hair barely visible on top of George's shoulder
67. Bobby Breen (singer)
68. Mohandas Ghandi (painted out at the request of EMI)
69. Legionaire from the order of the Buffalos
70. Wax model of Diana Dors (actress)
71. Shirley Temple (child actress) – second appearance on the cover

Props on the cover

72. Cloth grandmother-figure by Jann Haworth
73. Cloth doll by Haworth of Shirley Temple wearing a sweater that reads "Welcome The Rolling 74. Stones Good Guys" – third and last appearance on the cover
74. Ceramic Mexican craft known as a Tree of Life from Metepec
75. 9-inch Sony television set, apparently owned by Paul McCartney – the receipt, bearing 77. 78.
76. Stone figure of a girl
77. Another stone figure
78. Statue brought over from John Lennon's house
79. Trophy
80. Doll of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi
81. Drum skin, designed by fairground artist Joe Ephgrave
82. Hookah (water pipe)
83. Velvet snake
84. Fukusuke, Japanese china figure
85. Stone figure of Snow White
86. Garden gnome
87. Tuba

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