Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ hit album, Abbey Road. It was the last album the group was able to record together. See pics of the celebration as well as an Abbey Road tribute video here.
Hundreds of people gathered on Abbey Road today, singing songs and getting in the way of traffic to commemorate the 40th anniversary of John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s last album. The famous album cover shows the four crossing the zebra striped road one after the other.
Although the photo shoot itself took only a few minutes, the album cover remains one of the most famous and memorable pictures in the world. It was imitated and parodied many times.
Many hard core Beatles fans even came up with a conspiracy that Paul had secretly died. The fans believed that the symbolism on the picture used for the album, which showed Paul walking barefooted and out of synch with the rest, revealed Paul’s death. However, they were all pleased to know that their theories were wrong, and that Paul was actually alive! Paul even poked fun at this conspiracy by titling his 1993 concert album “Paul is Live.”
Abbey road cuts through a wealthy London neighborhood called St. John’s Wood and is the studios where the Beatles recorded many of their songs. The popularity of this road because of the Beatles has caused local authorities many annoyances. The Abbey Road street sign had to be moved up out of reach to prevent theft, and the wall has had to be repainted every three months to prevent graffiti.
See more pictures and a 40th anniversary commemoration video below.
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