Sgt. Pepperoni

I love the Beatles. I’d go as far as to say that the vast majority of music made post, say, 1967 wouldn’t have happened had The Beatles not happened. They wrote the rule book. It’s the one thing I disagree with Scroobius Pip about.

Anyway. Last week was the 44th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper album. You know the one, with the iconic cover designed by Peter Blake that features the Beatles’ heroes, icons, contemporaries and historical enigmas. There are 55 people on that cover, plus three that are obscured, according to Craig Brown’s excellent book, One Two Three Four. And I got to wondering who my 55 might be. Wonder no more:

Paul McCartney, musician

John Lennon, musician

George Harrison, musician

Ringo Starr, musician

Sir David Attenborough, naturalist and broadcaster

Mr Badger, character, Wind in the Willows

Ronnie Barker (as Fletcher), writer and actor

Dame Mary Beard, classicist, broadcaster, writer

George Best, footballer

Charles Booth, social reformer

Sir Frank Bowling, artist

Gordon Burn, writer

Kate Bush, musician

Nick Cave, musician

Sir Billy Connolly, comedian and presenter

Molly Cooney, doctor

Ian Dury, musician and writer

James Ellroy, writer

Douglas Fairbanks Jnr, actor

Guy Garvey, musician

Antony Gormley, artist

Barbara Hepworth, artist

Gil Scott Heron, musician

Ian Hislop, writer and broadcaster

Hans Holbein the younger, artist

Albert Irvin, artist

Brian Johnston, cricket commentator

Sir Tom Jones, singer

Kauto Star, racehorse

Nicole Kidman, actor

Naomi Klein, writer and activist

James Lovelock, scientist and writer

Hilary Mantel, writer

Helen McCrory, actor

Rocío Molina, dancer

Grayson Perry, artist

Pablo Picasso, artist

Empty Plinth, space for the as yet undecided

Kojey Radical, musician

George Robinson, 1st marquess of Ripon

Don Rogers, footballer

Joseph Rowntree, social reformer

Arundhati Roy, writer and activist

Alexei Sayle, writer and comedian

Michael Sheen, actor

Barry Sheene, motorcycle racer

Timothy Spall, actor

Bruce Springsteen, musician

Dylan Thomas, poet

JMW Turner, artist

Bernhard Vogel, artist

Mary Wesley, writer

Tim Winton, writer

PG Wodehouse, writer

Victoria Wood, writer, musician, actor

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