Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles . Released on 1 June 1967, it was an immediate commercial and critical success, spending 27 weeks at the top of the albums chart in the United Kingdom and 15 weeks at number one in the United States. Time magazine declared it "a historic departure in the progress of music". It won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including album of the year, the first rock LP to receive this honour.