Bill Cosby – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band
Before Bill Cosby became a household name in the 1980’s with his sitcom, The Cosby Show, he was performing on the stand-up circuit around America. Starting off in the early 60’s, he became one of the first black American comedians to be widely accepted by non-black audiences and open the door for comics such as Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, to name but a few.
In his career Cosby recorded many albums of comedy and music, the music was a mix of jazz, funk and blues, some albums had vocals, some were instrumental. His cover of the Beatles “Sgt. Peppers…” is taken from his 1968 album “Bill Cosby Sings Hooray for the Salvation Army Band!” . Although he was not the best singer, Cosby has an amusing quality that gets him through and makes you want to hear more. Many tracks from this, and his other albums, have been sampled by the hip hop generation.