Time Frame: RSO Records 39 Years Ago and Today

Peter Frampton starred in the movie that helped spell doom for the famed music label

A decade after Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band emerged as the Album of the Year at the Grammys, RSO Records produced a movie version of the Beatles’ psychedelic work. During filming in 1977, leading man Peter Frampton (inset, far left) cruised with costars Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees past what is now Oska, a Beverly Hills boutique. Aside from George Burns’s narration—about musicians entertaining World War I soldiers—there were no speaking parts in the movie. RSO had enjoyed box office success with Saturday Night Fever and Grease, but the Fab Four tribute proved to be a critical and commercial flop. By 1981, founder Robert Stigwood had left the record label. Soon after, parent company PolyGram folded RSO, putting the signature red cow logo out to pasture.