Abbey Road Album Cover Celebrates 40th Anniversary

On August 8th, 1969 photographer Iain Macmillan had ten minutes to take a picture of four men as they crossed the street. It was 11:30 in morning. The four men were The Beatles and the street they crossed was Abbey Road.

The photograph MacMillan captured that day has become one of the most iconic and duplicated images in all of pop culture.

The Abbey Road album designer was Kosh. The man standing in the background is Paul Cole (1911? to February 13th, 2008). Cole, an American tourist, didn’t know he was in the photograph until he saw the cover months later.

The Volkswagen in the picture continually had its license plate stolen. It was eventually sold for $23,000 and now resides at the Volkswagen museum in Wolfsburg, Germany.

The cover has been imitated by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rutles, The Shadows, Booker T & the MGs, Kanye West, Sttellla’s A.B. Rose and Paul McCartney.

Abbey Road was released on 26 September 1969.  It was the final The Beatles recorded.

Abbey Road was released Sept. 26, 1969. It’s generally considered a masterpiece and one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

Side One
1. “Come Together”
2. “Something”
3. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”
4. “Oh! Darling”
5. “Octopus’s Garden”
6. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”

Side Two
7. “Here Comes the Sun”
8. “Because”
9. “You Never Give Me Your Money”
10. “Sun King”
11. “Mean Mr. Mustard”
12. “Polythene Pam”
13. “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window”
14. “Golden Slumbers”
15. “Carry That Weight”
16. “The End”
17. “Her Majesty”

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