It seems it must have had some effect on Pink Floyd though, because fans of both groups have noted how both “Lovely Rita” and Pink Floyd’s instrumental track “Pow R. Toc H” from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn both sound similar. They both have comparable vocal effects and hazy sounds.
It’s now thought that considering both songs were recorded in such close proximity, there was most likely some influence from each band on each other’s work. It looks like they may have shared some of the same instruments too.
“One of the features of such a well-equipped studio as Abbey Road was that since electronic effect machines had still to be invented, the empire owned vast quantities of instruments that were scattered around the studios.” Mason also notes in his memoir. “Bell pianos, Hammond organs, clavinets, tympani, gongs, triangles, Chinese blocks, temple bells and wind machines were there to be used (and can be heard throughout Piper and A Saucerful Of Secrets, as well as, I believe, numerous Beatles records).”
You can listen to both tracks below and judge for yourself the similarities.