Mary Travers

It took a couple months for The Sun to notice The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' in 1967

It took a couple months for The Sun to notice The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' in 1967

It was 50 years ago this week that The Beatles and 'Sgt. Pepper' taught the world to listen to rock music in an all new way.

But sadly, like much of the mainstream media, the Baltimore Sun was a little late to the party. The release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” a landmark in rock and roll history matched by few others, went largely unnoticed in The Sun. In fact, it appears the only mentions of The Beatles on or around the album’s release date of June 1, 1967, were the occasional TV listing, ad or offhand mention in critic Donald Kirkley’s “Look and Listen” column.

Hard to say for sure, but it appears the first story about “Sgt. Pepper” to run in The Sun didn’t...