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Let's set the record straight: "Tommy" was NOT the first rock opera.

"In October 1967 the British group Nirvana (not to be confused with the later American band of the same name) released The Story of Simon Simopath, what might be the first entire album by a rock band to comprise a single story. The highly successful 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was The Beatles' attempt at a rock opera. In an interview given for the Anthology series Ringo Starr said; "We got as far as Sgt. Pepper's and then Billy Shears, a Little Help From My Friends, and then everyone said "Ah sod it. Let's just do tracks". In November 1967 the Montreal group Influence traveled to New York to record what they called a 'mini-opera', "Mad Birds Of Prey", and other songs for their only album. In August 1968, The Family Tree released Miss Butters, the birth-to-death story of a schoolteacher. The Pretty Things released S.F. Sorrow, in December 1968, which similarly told the story of protagonist Sebastian F. Sorrow's life from the cradle to the grave and from joy to misery.[2]"

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  • Let's set the record straight: "Tommy" was NOT the first rock opera. - tinear 08:10:56 02/29/12 (0)


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