London, England

22 Dec

Abbey Road, 1969 album by The Beatles

In August 1969, Iain Macmillan shot the photo that would become the cover of Abbey Road, the Beatles‘ 11th (and last) studio album. Abbey Road was first album ever to omit the artist and title from the cover — a photographer’s dream: the cover consisted of the photo, the whole photo, and nothing but the photo. Macmillan had just 10 minutes to shoot the photograph — standing on a step ladder while a policeman stopped traffic.

Besides John, barefoot Paul, George, and Ringo, the photo included two notable features. The first was the white VW beetle on the left with license plate number LMW 281F. After Abbey Road’s September 1969 release, the car’s license plate was repeatedly stolen by souvenir seekers. The second notable feature was Paul Cole, the man standing in the mid-right-hand portion of the photo — an American tourist who had no idea he’d ended up in the shot until the album came out.

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Interesting background about the photo and fantastic group/album!

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15 Responses to “London, England”

  1. smilecalm December 22, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    nice album,
    got it still :-)

  2. Krishnan P Nair December 22, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    WOW! A photo with so much history. Sounds fascinating…

    • toemailer January 4, 2014 at 2:46 am #

      Never knew about the guy in the background. :)

  3. Frances Macaulay Forde December 22, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    Interesting… had that album – years ago, when it first came out – in the days when you were either a Beatles or a Stones fan.

    • toemailer December 22, 2013 at 6:54 am #

      Bet many were actually fans of both.

      • Frances Macaulay Forde December 22, 2013 at 10:55 am #

        IN my circles you were one or the other – it told people who you were, almost a badge of honor.

  4. TheCrazyBagLady December 22, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    brilliant! Love this

  5. firstandfabulous December 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    My iPhone cover and my second Volkswagen! What memories! Great entry!

  6. Lisa Snyder's Movie Page December 23, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    Reblogged this on Rock Thiz Magazine.

  7. fashiondiction December 26, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    LOVE the Beatles :)

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