On this day in 1964, the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on U.S. soil.
It became one of the greatest pop hits of all time, and became a classic of its time.
But for artist Bill Bailey, who created the iconic image of Sgt. Peppers lonesome bandmates sitting in a lounge chair, it was just another day in his life.
The artist was living with mental illness at the time, but he says he never knew his art would go on to become a global phenomenon.
He started drawing it in the early ’60s as a way of coping with the mental and physical illness that was affecting him.
He’d sit in his home and draw pictures and then put them on the wall in the living room, and then when people would come in the house, he would go up to them and say, ‘This is what you’re going to be doing this week,’ so that was something I’d done in my own way for quite some time.
And he continued to create the artwork, and he went on to be the artist behind the iconic Sgt.
Pepper posters that have become iconic images in popular culture.
He says that’s what inspired him to create Sgt.
Percuses artwork, a collection of posters depicting the Beatles playing in their studio with the caption: ‘All you gotta do is go to the garage, play with your friends, and go to Sgt.
But he says that wasn’t all.
He wanted to create a little more of an art-house piece, to show what it would be like to be a professional musician.
So he made his first album, and that album became a big success.
And it was a very different kind of work for him.
“It was a really difficult album,” he said.
“There were a lot of songs that I wasn’t happy with.
And then there was a song called ‘I’ve Seen The Light’ and I’m a really sensitive person, so it was very difficult to write songs for me.”
Bailey says that in the midst of the creative process, he kept seeing the Sgt.
Plays poster in the garage.
He kept seeing his artwork on the walls, and as he got older, he started to realize how special it was, and how special his work was.
Bailey said he felt a sense of ownership when he saw the SgtPercus posters and wanted to share his work with the world.
And that’s when he realized he was living a story.
He said he’s proud of the work that he created, and has been a supporter of mental health charities and programs in Canada and the U.K.
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