Who among the people depicted below is still alive?

For some time now I’ve kept typing into Google variations on this question: “Which of the people represented on the cover of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band are still alive?”  Lots of sites identify the people, but nowhere does it seem that there is a list of who’s alive and who’s dead.  So I decided to take a few minutes on Wikipedia and make up such a list myself.


Larry Bell

Dion diMucci

Bob Dylan

Paul McCartney*

Ringo Starr

Dead (date of death in parentheses)

Bobby Breen (19 September 2016)

Shirley Temple Black (10 February 2014)

Tony Curtis (29 September 2010)

Richard Merkin (5 September 2009)

Karlheinz Stockhausen (5 December 2007)

Marlon Brando (1 July 2004)

Albert Stubbins (28 December 2002)

George Harrison (29 November 2001)

Huntz Hall (30 January 1999)

William S. Burroughs (2 August 1997)

Terry Southern (29 October 1995)

Marlene Dietrich (6 May 1992)

Fred Astaire (22 June 1987)

Diana Dors (4 May 1984)

Johnny Weissmuller (20 January 1984)

H. C. Westermann (3 November 1981)

John Lennon (8 December 1980)

Mae West (22 November 1980)

Richard Lindner (16 April 1978)**

Issy Bonn (21 April 1977)

Wallace Berman (18 February 1976)

Sonny Liston (30 December 1970)***

Already dead when the album was released:

Lenny Bruce (3 August 1966)

Simon Rodia (16 July 1965)

Stan Laurel (23 February 1965)

Aldous Huxley (22 November 1963)****

Max Miller (7 May 1963)

Marilyn Monroe (5 August 1962)

Stu Sutcliffe (10 April 1962)

Carl Gustav Jung (6 June 1961)

Tyrone Power (15 November 1958)

Oliver Hardy (7 August 1957)

Albert Einstein (18 April 1955)

Dylan Thomas (9 November 1953)

Parmahansa Yogananda (7 March 1952)

George Bernard Shaw (2 November 1950)

Tommy Handley (9 January 1949)

Aleister Crowley (1 December 1947)

W. C. Fields (25 December 1946)

H. G. Wells (13 August 1946)

Tom Mix (12 October 1940)

Sigmund Freud (23 September 1939)

Sri Yukteswar Giri (9 March 1936)

T. E. Lawrence (19 May 1935)

Oscar Wilde (30 November 1900)

Stephen Crane (5 June 1900)

Aubrey Beardsley (16 March 1898)

Lewis Carroll (14 January 1898)

Sri Lahiri Mahasaya (26 September 1895)

Karl Marx (14 March 1883)

David Livingstone (1 May 1873)

Robert Peel (2 July 1850)

Edgar Allan Poe (7 October 1849)

*If you are of this opinion, go ahead and comment.  Someone might respond.  I won’t, but someone might.

**He died on his 50th birthday

***That’s when the police say he died, but there’s a controversy about it

****The same day C. S. Lewis died.  And John F. Kennedy, also.

“Ain’t She Sweet”

From 1995’s The Beatles Anthology DVD: George Harrison plays the ukulele, Paul McCartney sings, Ringo Starr keeps time. 

Warren Buffett, Ukulele Apostle

Thanks to ukulelehunt for linking to this story about a pair of ukuleleists who played all 185 Beatles songs as a benefit performance for Warren Buffett, the world’s richest man.  An ardent uke player himself, Buffett donated the money to Girls, Inc., a group that offers services to at-risk girls in and around Omaha.  They are to use it to buy ukuleles, of course. 

Here’s an interview in which Buffett explains the importance of the ukulele in his own life, in Bill Gates’ development as a parent, and in the potential salvation of the American economic system.  “The miracles of the ukulele are spread all over,” the Sage of Omaha explains: 

Here’s Warren Buffett playing ukulele, accompanied by his son Peter.  He may not exhibit a tremendous amount of virtuosity, but he does have a winning way about him.  It reminds me of what B. B. King said at the National Press Club in 1995 when he was asked what he thought of Bill Clinton as a musician.  He quoted his father’s favorite saying, “The boss may not always be right, but he’s always the boss.”  “So, in that spirit, the president, as the president, is a good musician.”  So, in the spirit of B. B. King, I can say that the world’s richest man, as the world’s richest man, is a good ukuleleist. 

Oh, and one more thing.  Since I’m always posting about the writings of various “paleoconservative” pundits, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Warren Buffett’s father, Congressman Howard Buffett, is one of the patron saints of America’s antiwar Right.

Imagine Papal Forgiveness

One more step toward peace, tolerance, understanding, and delusional, hypocritical, self-aggrandizing, pompous-assness.

What elicits the most papal scorn?:

1. Saying “I’m more popular than Jesus.”

2. Saying “I’m more popular than God.”

3. Saying “I’m more popular than Thor and Zeus COMBINED.”

4. Live-saving and poverty-preventing contraception.

5. Raping little boys.

hint: It’s not #5.

Pictures showing ukuleles

John Lennon holding a ukulele

A recognizable face above; artwork by Amy Crehore below.

Amy Crehore

Amy Crehore