From the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was a no 1 album in Australia for many weeks in 1969 and was no 1 on the year-end album chart.
BONUS CLIP BELOW – scroll down for William Shatner’s unique cover of this song
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was written primarily by John Lennon. His son Julian inspired the song with a nursery school drawing that he called “Lucy – in the sky with diamonds”. There was speculation that the first letter of each of the title nouns intentionally spelled LSD but Lennon repeatedly denied that he had intended it as a drug song. He attributed the song’s fantastical imagery to his reading of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland books.
The “Lucy” who inspired this song was Lucy O’Donnell (later Lucy Vodden), who was a classmate of John’s son Julian Lennon when he was enrolled at the private Heath House School, in Weybridge, Surrey. It was in a 1975 interview that Lennon said, “Julian came in one day with a picture about a school friend of his named Lucy. He had sketched in some stars in the sky and called it Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.”
This song is also on our Spotify playlist.
William Shatner does Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
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