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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) Poster

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Aerosmith was the second choice to play the Future Villain Band. KISS was approached first, but turned down the role fearing it would hurt their image. They instead opted to star in KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978).
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Many actors and singers turned down roles in the film, including Olivia Newton-John (Strawberry Fields), Donna Summer (Lucy), Elton John, Barry Manilow, Bob Hope (Mr. Kite), Doris Day (Mrs. Fields) and Rock Hudson (Mr. Fields).
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Billy Preston, who sings "Get Back", played the piano on original version with The Beatles.
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The shooting script called for Peter Frampton's character to kill Steven Tyler's, but when it came time to film this scene, Aerosmith threatened to walk out. "There's no f***ing way that Steven is gonna get directly offed by Frampton," commented Joe Perry. "It's gotta be an accident, the way it was in the original script we f***ing agreed to." They finally agreed to a compromise, with Tyler's character being accidentally pushed to his death by Sandy Farina.
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During the filming of Strawberry's funeral, Peter Frampton forced himself to cry by thinking of the then-recent Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash that claimed the lives of several friends and associates.
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For the finale of the film, it was decided that they'd assemble an enormous roster of celebrities to sing the reprise of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Formal invitations were engraved and sent to virtually everyone in the entertainment industry; the many who RSVP'd were treated to first-class transportation to Los Angeles, limos, luxurious hotels, champagne, a lavishly catered dinner and private tents for each of the stars in the studio's garden room.
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Alice Cooper checked himself into a New York rehab facility (which he quickly discovered was more of a mental asylum) for alcoholism. He was granted a temporary leave for three days (November 18-20, 1977) to record his vocals and shoot his scenes for the film.
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Peter Frampton wanted to get on the trampoline during the "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" sequence, but was disallowed because he wasn't insured.
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The film was adapted as a comic book, which was intended to be released as Marvel Super Special #7. For reasons which were never officially disclosed, the book was never issued in the USA. The comic was, however, released in France, the Netherlands and Germany (with text in the respective language of each country), but copies of these releases are scarce.
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Alice Cooper first tried to impersonate John Lennon's vocals for the song "Because," but for subsequent takes George Martin encouraged him "to do it like Alice Cooper would do it."
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Frankie Howerd's final film.
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Sandy Farina receives an "introducing" credit.
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Stargard - the Diamonds - was a funk band which consisted of Rochelle Runnells, Debra (Lyn) Anderson, and Janice Williams. Anderson left the group in 1979 or 1980.
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Variety show veteran Chris Bearde was hired to direct the movie but was fired by executive producer Robert Stigwood prior to principal production on the film.
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Rumour has it the part of Billy Shears was offered but turned down by 'Andy Gibb' (the younger brother of Bee Gees: Barry, Maurice & Robin)
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