The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 9, 1969

Today, All four Beatles gathered at EMI Studios in the morning to take one of the most famous photo shoots of their career. Iain Macmillan took the image that would appear on their last recorded album, Abbey Road.

Prior to the shoot, Paul McCartney had sketched his ideas for the cover, to which Macmillan added a more detailed illustration.

As the group waited outside the studio for the shoot to begin, Linda McCartney took a number of extra photographs. A policeman held up the traffic as Macmillan, with a stepladder positioned in the middle of the road, took six shots as the group walked across the zebra crossing just outside the studio.

The Beatles crossed the road a number of times while Macmillan photographed them. It was a hot day in north London, and for four of the six photographs McCartney walked barefoot; for the other two he wore sandals.


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