|June 1 or May 26?|
The iconic album was originally scheduled for release on 1 June in the UK, but on the 26 May 1967, Sgt. Pepper was given a rushed release. The US release followed on 2 June.
Leading Beatles authority Mark Lewisohn confirms: "The UK release of Sgt Pepper was brought forward from June 1 to May 26 1967, and I know that copies were in some shops in London the day before this, May 25".
|Confirming the rush-release is this news item from NME on June 3, 1967.|
Of course, this gives the Jimi Hendrix Experience plenty of time to rehearse the title track for their June 4 performance.
|Published in NME June 3,1967 but compiled from data with a Tuesday May 30 deadline.|
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