|The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.|
Swedish record store owner Jörgen Johansson developed this theory when he came across an EP from 1964 with the student band Mercblecket, by a group from the Stockholm School of Economics. The EP contains parodies of four Beatles songs. Just like on the Sgt-Pepper albumet, the cover photo depicts members of the band grouped around a bass drum, holding similar instruments as in The Beatles' photo. In the spring of 1963, Mercblecket acquired a large number of operatic fancy dress jackets, dolmans, from the Oscars Theatre. They are wearing these uniforms on the cover photo.
|Mercblecket - Beats The Beatles|
There's even an interview in existence, from the hotel at Lidingö, where they resided, and they are listening to the EP, with McCartney commenting: "I really like this one, they really got the beat. It’s really great!"
Earlier theories around the inspiration for the album cover of "Sgt. Pepper" have brought forth this photo of Jim Mac's band, the jazz band of McCartney's father, Jim.
|Jim Mac's Band|
"Mercblecket Beats The Beatles" [EP] 1964 Philips 433 445 PE
Listen to Mercblecket's rendition of All My Loving.