People: Jun. 15, 1987

"It was 20 years ago today/ Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play." So begins the prescient title song of the Beatles' landmark album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In London last week, Paul McCartney was back at Abbey Road Studios to pay homage to the 20th anniversary of a record that has sold 15 million copies and whose lyrics evoked comparisons with Tennyson and T.S. Eliot. EMI Records, for its part, celebrated the occasion by releasing the album on compact disc. As a group of well-wishers and Wife Linda watched, McCartney cut a cake shaped like the drum on...