Two places in Liverpool, England made famous by The Beatles during their Sgt. Pepper album sessions are Penny Lane (above) and Strawberry Field (below), the former being primarily written by Paul McCartney and the latter by John Lennon, although both are attributed to Lennon-McCartney.
- Penny Lane – this song refers to a real street and during the 1960s which served as a significant bus terminus for several routes. The bus station (i.e. “the shelter in the middle of the roundabout”) was a meeting point for Paul & John and central to their lives at the time, and the fireman and fire engine referred to in the lyrics are based upon the fire station at Mather Avenue located about half a mile down the road.
- Strawberry Field – the song “Strawberry Fields Forever” was inspired by Lennon’s memories of playing in the garden of Strawberry Field, a Salvation Army children’s home near where he grew up in Liverpool. The song was the first track recorded during the sessions for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), and was intended for inclusion on the album. Instead, with the group under record-company pressure to release a single, it was issued in February 1967 as a double A-side with “Penny Lane”. The song would make its LP debut on the US version of the band’s Magical Mystery Tour album. Lennon considered the song his greatest accomplishment. The track incorporates reverse-recorded instrumentation and tape loops, and was created from the editing together of two separate versions of the song – each one entirely different in tempo, mood and musical key. “Strawberry Fields Forever” is also one of the defining works of the psychedelic rock genre and has been covered by many artists. The Beatles made a promotional film clip for the song that is similarly recognized for its influence in the medium of music video. The Strawberry Fields memorial in New York’s Central Park is also named after the song.
- Visited: Oct 2017